Spalletti’s team, despite the first draw against Roma, remains at the top of the championship thanks to the best defense and the return to the top of its strongest scorer
The return of “The Wall”. Because behind an amazing attack – for the first time dry on Sunday at the Olimpico – Napoli’s primacy is signed by Kalidou Koulibaly, one of the strongest defenders around. And among the many numbers that demonstrate the goodness of Luciano Spalletti’s work there is one that stands out: the blue one, with three goals conceded, is the least beaten defense of the five major European championships. After nine days only Chelsea boasts the same numbers as the Neapolitans (3 conceded).
Koulibaly is the symbol. But it all comes from a solidity of the team because even when Napoli fails to break through in the front, they suffer very little from behind. And against a angry and proud Rome in the end there were only two opportunities granted to the Giallorossi. Because it is the whole team that helps, starting with captain Insigne ready to play as a full-back if Mario Rui needs to be helped, “attacked” by Zaniolo and Karsdorp.
And if Anguissa is now a certainty there in the middle, it also affects the attitude of Fabian Ruiz who is improving beyond the dribble, with preventive scoring and attacks on the ball carrier that are making him mature as a complete and concrete midfielder.
Koulibaly, the leader, enjoys the moment and does not take for himself all the merits of the fact that from three games, that is, from the restart after the national break, Napoli have locked the door: “It is the whole team that is maturing. Rrahmani is growing but we also have other excellent solutions with Manolas and Juan Jesus. The most important thing is that we help each other a lot on the pitch. We are a strong group and we want to stay at the top. But let’s not talk about the Scudetto now. Only towards March will the ranking be outlined and the real favorites of the championship will be understood ”.
October 25, 2021 (change October 25, 2021 | 12:57)
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