Right from the onset, Napoli hasn’t looked like they would put their foot off the gas anytime soon. The Italian side has won eight league games out of ten, drawing two, enough to place themselves at the top of the table with 26 points from a possible 30.
In the European stages, they have qualified for the knockout stages with two games to spare for the first time in their history, cruising to qualification with wins over Rangers and Liverpool and a double over Dutch side Ajax.
“On evenings like this, you are swept along by the atmosphere. At one point, I felt dizzy and thought I could see stars going around my head. This qualification is down to the lads, and I am fortunate to be working with a group like this. The entire city is proud of them, a city that pushed us on with the right motivation.” – Spalleti, the Italian manager expressed after his team’s victory over Ajax.
This has caused Napoli faithful to hope that there could be a party in Naples this time although ignoring their most recent setback where they were in the same position at this point last season and ended up not winning the title.
With a club that lost four of their most senior players over the summer. Kalidou Koulibaly, Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne and Fabian Ruiz. They haven’t looked shaky ever since.
One player that has caught the eye of all of Europe is the new signing, Kvaratskhelia. The Georgian is enjoying a superb start to life in Napoli having 12 goal contributions (Seven goals and five assists) after 13 games in all competitions, that’s more goal contributions than any other Serie A player.
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Their goal-scoring threats this season are multiple, too, with 12 players having scored Serie A goals after just nine games of this season, and there was no drop in output despite first-choice striker Victor Osimhen being out injured as Giacomo Raspadori and Giovanni Simeone rose to the challenge.
“There must be a clear starting point: there should never be more than 20-25 meters between attack and defense. They always play vertically; horizontal passes are quite rare. In other words, a striker always moves toward the playmaker, opening the space for late runs.” Sacchi told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“These are not difficult movements to make, but it takes perfect synchrony and a lot of work in training. Spalletti is doing something extraordinary, sometimes, when they attack, they remind me of Klopp’s Liverpool, when the Reds were more willing to run. This has been made possible by Spalletti who has smart, available and enthusiastic players.”
Only the Partenopei and Bayern Munich have found the net with 14 different goalscorers across all competitions so far this season, more than any other club in Europe’s top five leagues.
It could be argued that things are too early to decide or Spaletti is grinding wins out of his tactical nous, but the Italian is making his soldiers Italian favorites with eye-catching displays. Should his firing attackers and his defensive leaders remain fit throughout the season, Napoli would be set to lift their first Italian title since 1990.