Before welcoming Spartak Moscow to the Europa League this Thursday (6:45 p.m.), Luciano Spalletti’s men proudly lead the Serie A with six wins in as many games. In this well-oiled collective, several individualities stand out.
It’s the feast at the foot of Vesuvius. Napoli have a thunderous start to the season in Serie A. Six games, six victories including a victory against Juventus 2 goals to 1. Four seasons ago, Napoli had already succeeded a great start by winning his first eight league games. Led by Maurizio Sarri at the time, the club then finished 2nd in Serie A just four units from Juventus. But this season, it is the Scudetto, the title of champion of Italy which is in sight. With a radiant team, thanks in particular to an excellent level of performance displayed by certain players, the objective is by no means utopian.
Victor Osimhen, the number 1 attacking asset Six games, six victories but also six goals scored for the Nigerian striker. Arrived in the summer of 2020 from Lille, Victor Osimhen flames under the Neapolitan jersey. After a season of adaptation, the center forward took his place at the top of the Serie A scorers’ standings alongside Ciro Immobile. Two weeks ago in the Europa League, on the lawn of Leicester, he scored a double that allows the Neapolitans badly on board to snatch the point of the draw.
In the north of France, the Nigerian international (12 selections) had already shown the extent of his palette. A fast, powerful attacker who is very comfortable in the air game. In southern Italy, Victor Osimhen seduced and even received the praise of a former Golden Ball, Fabio Cannavaro. “He’s very strong, he plays short, in space. With this Osimhen-there, Napoli can win the title, ”said the club’s former defender at Gazetta Dello Sport. Osimhen, already dubbed by the greatest. AndrÃ © -Frank Zambo Anguissa: the control tower of the midfielder of land with a similar profile. The club, chaired by AurÃ © lio de Laurentiis, had to wait until the very last day of the transfer window to take a shot at the former OM player: AndrÃ © -Frank Zambo Anguissa. Arrived on loan from Fulham, relegated to the Championship, the Cameroonian has perfectly integrated into the Neapolitan collective.
“He is a fundamental player in our system. He brings qualities that we didn’t have ”, greeted his coach, Luciano Spalletti. His ability to hold the ball and throw himself like a box-to-box midfielder makes him an essential cog in the mechanics of Napoli. Without forgetting its importance in the recovery and even its technical accuracy. The native of Yaoundé succeeded 97% of his passes against Juventus (2-1 victory). Quite clean for a player sometimes described as clumsy.
Kalidou Koulibaly: the Senegalese wall Sometimes in difficulty last season, disturbed by transfer rumors that sent him to PSG, Manchester City or Chelsea, the Senegalese defender has found consistency this season and looks very close to his best. In Serie A, Napoli conceded only two goals and it owes much to the performances of the native of Saint-DiÃ © -des-Vosges. Very athletic and almost unbeatable in the duel, the former Metz player also progressed in the recovery, making him a complete and impassable stopper at the start of the season.
Among the strong men of these first two months of competition, we could also mention the Spanish midfielder Fabian Ruiz, creative player, endowed with an excellent vision of the game or Lorenzo Insigne, 2 goals and 3 assists decisive in Serie A. All led by a coach Luciano Spalletti, who arrived this summer and who immediately found the right formula and the right balance between defense, midfield and attack. This Thursday against Spartak Moscow, it is not impossible to see him slightly rotate his squad because the objective announced and posted this season is clear: to regain the summits of Italy.
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