Another week, yet another draw. Genoa shared the points at the San Paolo, stretching Napoli’s win-less streak to five matches in all competitions.
Napoli welcomed Thiago Motta’s Genoa to Naples in a bid to end their poor run of form. A good result at home would have been a welcome respite for the Partenopei.
However, Ancelotti’s men recorded another disappointing result against Genoa as they succumbed to a 0-0 draw. The visitors controlled the lions share of possession and were unlucky to not return with three points.
The Blues have registered only two wins from their nine competitive fixtures, and none in their last five. With six draws to call upon, the Blues have struggled with fixture congestion and injuries to key players.
Genoa’s chances came through Eljif Elmas and Andrea Pinamonti. However, the duo were kept at bay by an inspiring Ionut Radu and a Kalidou Koulibaly goal-line clearance.
An undeniable bad result for Napoli against a side languishing in the lower half of the points table. The sentiment was evident in Pinamonti’s post-match comments, who highlighted the difficulty of the fixture.
“It’s a very important point, as for any team to come to the San Paolo is always difficult. Even more so for us in our current position in the table,” Andrea Pinamonti told DAZN.
“I came close to a goal, but maybe I’ll be lucky in a few weeks and the ball will bounce off me into the net instead.”
Ancelotti will seek answers given Napoli’s recent results, Motta was justifiably full of praise for Genoa players. He hailed how Genoa controlled the proceedings and created threatening chances.
“I don’t know if it was our best game so far, but I am very happy with the team spirit shown tonight. I try to talk to the players and let them know this is the path forward,” Motta told DAZN.
“We controlled the game and at times tried to slow the tempo, at others wanted to raise it and cause a great opponent problems. At the end of the day I’m happy, because we could’ve scored right up to the end.
“In our minds, the objective is always to win, but against a side like Napoli, it’s a good result. I am convinced that if we continue with this approach, the victories will come.”
The international break marks an end to a turbulent week where Gli Azzurri players were jeered by the home fans. Players went against the forced ritiro and were threatened legal action. Ancelotti too has received an earful from President Aurelio De Laurentiis for his part in the fiasco.
Napoli will take on the challenge of 14th placed AC Milan at the San Siro. The Blues are three points off European competition slots and cannot afford to slip any further.