Napoli would be eager to return to winning ways after suffering a shock defeat at the hands of Cagliari on Wednesday.
It was definitely a surprise to see Napoli lose at home to Cagliari in the Serie A round of matches in midweek. Nobody expected the Serie A giants to wither away so easily against a team that is potentially going to be involved in a relegation dogfight.
However, this has how the Serie A has been so far. Times are changing and teams fighting for scraps in the league are now proving themselves to be stern opposition to the traditional big four of the league.
The game against Napoli was supposed to be a herculean task for the Sardinian outfit but it turned out that Rolando Maran had got his tactics right. Despite not enjoying a lot of possession, the team kept its shape nicely.
The likes of Oliva, Ionita and Nandez kept tracking back to give the defensive advantage to the team as Napoli struggled to breakdown what was a very resilient side on the night.
And when Lucas Castro scored late on in the game, it was clear that Ancelotti’s men were completely out of ideas. The Neapolitans struggled to create chances in the last quarter of the game and as they chased that elusive goal, left a lot of space down the flanks which was perfectly exploited by the away team.
Clearly Napoli should have done better!
The game against Brescia is going to be another testing matchup for Napoli given the fact that the newly-promoted outfit plays positive football and has the capacity to score goals.
In the 2-1 defeat against Juventus, Le Dondinelle were brace going forward and didn’t seem too worried about the quality of the opposition they were facing. In the shape of Mario Balotelli, Eugenio Corini has a really good striker up front.
The former Manchester City man made his Brescia debut against the Old Lady and looked really sharp despite returning to practice later than most of his teammates. And if he is on song, Brescia can truly hope for bigger and better things.
The game against Napoli is not going to be an easy one but in the shape of Sandro Tonali, they have a gem of a player who would be eager to provide the likes of Balotelli and Alfredo Donnarumma the sort of service the two thrive on.
For Napoli, onus would be on them to ensure that they are always within touching distance of the teams ahead of them. The likes of Inter Milan and Juventus are not going to make things easy for the chasing pack which means that the likes of Fernando Llorente, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne need to be up for the battle.
The trio is definitely becoming one of the most exciting ones in the league and if these three click, Napoli might even put on a display that would make fans forget about the game against Cagliari.
Moreover, anything less than a victory would effectively take Napoli out of the Scudetto equation.