Fiorentina – Napoli: Napoli Edge Past Fiorentina In Back And Forth Thriller (3-4)

The opening day of the Serie A season was highlighted by this blockbuster tie between Fiorentina and Napoli. This would be a tough fixture for both sides who had differing ambitions heading into the new season. What was produced was a seven-goal opening day classic which great attacking football, fine finishes and a sprinkle of refereeing controversies.

Tactical analysis and match report by Julian Chingoma.

This was the start of a new era for Fiorentina, after their disastrous 2018/19 campaign, which saw them sitting just above the relegation zone at the end of season. And for the new ownership at the helm, despite notable additions to the playing squad, this would have been an unwelcome first opponent to start their journey.

This game marked the first day of Napoli’s quest to dethrone Juventus, the champions of the last eight Serie A titles and winners of their opening fixture earlier in the day. Victory on the road at the Stadio Artemio Franchi would go a long way to them achieving this lofty goal.

Vincenzo Montella lined up Fiorentina in a 4-3-3 formation. Goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski was protected by a backline made of fullbacks Pol Lirola and Lorenzo Venuti, with German Pezzella and Nikola Milenkovic as center-backs. The midfield three was the returning Milan Badelj in a holding role, and Gaetano Castrovilli along with exciting new signing Erick Pulgar slightly higher up the pitch. The front three was made up of star man Federico Chiesa as well as Riccardo . . .

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