Udinese – Napoli: A Golden Draw Enough To Send Napoli Into Scudetto Euphoria (1-1)

After a tense start, Victor Osimhen’s second half equalizer launched Napoli into glory, rewriting history for the club’s third Serie A title, 33 years after Diego Maradona’s iconic successes. Luciano Spalletti masterminded his squad through an almost unrivaled title campaign, distancing rivals by large margins and showing a modern and highly entertaining style of football.
Tactical analysis and match report written by Giovanni Cesaroni.

The wait was almost over, Napoli needed just one more point to finally clinch their third Serie A title of the history. The late disappointment following Salernitana’s Boulaye Dia 1-1 goal in Napoli last Sunday meant that celebrations had to be temporarily postponed, at least to the following matchday. So when Napoli traveled to Udine for their next appointment with history, their fans made sure nothing could get in their way and filled up the Dacia Arena, making it almost a home game for Luciano Spalletti’s side, even in the far north-east of Italy.

A little nervousness and fatigue were visible though, as suddenly the anticipation for a moment waited for more than three decades weighted a bit on their shoulders. Places were up for grabs then with Spalletti ultimately opting for two changes to his starting 4-3-3 lineup, as Tanguy Ndombélé replaced Piotr Zielinski in midfield, alongside Stanislav Lobotka and Frank Anguissa while Eljif Elmas took the place of Hirving Lozano in support of Victor Osimhen upfront, together with Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. All confirmed at the back where Kim Min-Jae and Amir Rrahmani played as center-backs with Matías Olivera and captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo on the sides. 

As for the hosts, Udinese came to this match on the . . .

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