Fiorentina – SSC Napoli: Lucky Getaway For Fiorentina As Napoli Fail To Score (0-0)

Fiorentina were on the receiving end of an attacking frenzy in the first half. Napoli mauled the home side thanks to Fiorentina’s easy-to-beat man-marking setup that saw Lorenzo Insigne run the show in the middle of the park. The only thing Napoli did not achieve was scoring a goal, which would haunt them dearly in the second half.

Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M

Fiorentina’s manager Stefano Pioli made a number of changes to the side that drew 1-1 against Udinese. Vincent Laurini and Nikola Milenković were replaced by David Hancko and Federico Ceccherini in defense. Gerson restored his role in attack as Kevin Mirallas overlooked this encounter from the bench, to begin with. Bryan Dabo then took the remaining open spot at right-wing-back as Pioli switched from 4-3-3 to 3-4-3.

Carlo Ancelotti made just two changes to the eleven that claimed an important bounce-back victory against UC Sampdoria last weekend. Marek Hamšík was replaced by Fabián Ruiz and Arkadiusz Milik made way for Dries Mertens up front. Ancelotti stuck to his guns system-wise, keeping to his 4-4-2.

Napoli’s early intent brings them close to a perfect start

In their fluid 4-4-2, Napoli were excellent at trapping Fiorentina’s midfielders when pressing. The away side were very much ball-oriented in their attempts to regain possession. Ancelotti’s side intensely harried the ball down non-stop, in a way that expressed good organization. The entire midfield, excluding only the far-sided wide-midfielder, would collaborate to . . .

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Peter (20), lives just outside of London. He’s been writing about tactics and such for over a year now, contributing to a couple of sites during that time. His main club is Arsenal but he’s also followed Real Betis quite heavily since Quique Setién took over last year. This form of writing has become a great passion of his and, although he’s unsure of what his end aim is, he’s enjoying being given new opportunities to continue doing so. [ View all posts ]

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