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Barren run continues for Napoli as Bologna win at San Paolo

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The Partenopei were defeated in their Serie A fixture against the unfancied visitors as their win-less run in all competitions now stretches to eight matches.

Napoli were jeered off the pitch as they failed to finish off another match. Their winless run now stretches to now six games in Serie A. Fernando Llorente did give Napoli the lead going into the break but their inability to make their chances count cost them the three points on offer.

Going into the fixture, Napoli were missing five key players: Allan, Arkadiusz Milik, Kevin Malcuit, Faouzi Ghoulam and Lorenzo Tonelli all were resigned to the treatment table.

With the fight for Europe heating up, Napoli needed a positive result against the Rossoblu. They came into the fixture on the back of an impressive 1-1 away draw with reigning European Champions.

But in the end, Carlo Ancelotti’s best laid plans were undone as Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men secured an important away win. Andrea Skov Olsen equalized just before the hour mark, with Nicola Sansone giving Bologna the lead with ten minutes remaining.

Luck too seemed to be against the Blues, as Llorente’s header deep into injury time was disallowed using VAR.

In the end, it was the Partenopei’s waywardness in front of goal that cost them the fixture. They should have had a better result to show for after maintaining a greater share of possession and from their 21 shots on goal.

Pressure on the Blues

Ancelotti was visibly frustrated with the result as Napoli once again struggled. The Italian tactician took the blame for the result but claimed the players share it with them.

“It’s a team that is incapable of keeping the focus and consistency that we did in the Champions League,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.

“Usually the coach takes responsibility. So tomorrow I will talk to the team and ask them what they think isn’t working. See if we can find a way out of this situation together,” he added.

“I feel the faith of the squad and the club, but the results aren’t coming. So I will try to find the solution with the team, and if they can’t help me with that, I’ll try to find it myself,” the Blues manager commented.

The turn of events have gone from bad to worse for Napoli. The players were put in a forced ritiro when their poor run was at five matches without a win. Since then, it was only in UEFA Champions League that they have given a good account of their abilities.

With no midweek fixture, Napoli will take on Udinese in their next league fixture. The Serie A strugglers have the second worse goal difference, after conceding 23 goals. They away fixture is an opportunity for the Blues to turn their season around.