Napoli – Ajax: Napoli Continue To Dominate With Free-Flowing Football (4-2)
Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli once again stole the show with some breathtaking attacking football. Along with their high pressing and counterattacking threat, the Italian side defeated Ajax by four goals to two and have qualified for the next round of the Champions League.
Tactical analysis and match report by Rahul Madhavan.
Napoli and Ajax are two clubs that share certain principles in terms of history, culture, and an impetus for fluid football. So the meeting between the sides has been much awaited since the draw was announced. However, contrary to predictions of a close contest, Napoli ran amok in Amsterdam just eight days prior, defeating Ajax by a score of six goals to one.
Luciano Spalletti’s side have dished out great attacking football that has seen them become one of Europe’s most exciting teams this season. With thirteen goals in the Champions League, top of the Serie A, and unbeaten across all competitions, they are undoubtedly flying high.
Ajax, meanwhile, are themselves scoring goals for fun. Nevertheless, the massive defeat came as a shock. Replacing Erik ten Hag is no simple task, but Alfred Schreuder has done a commendable job, especially with multiple key players departing this campaign.
The Serie A leaders are just a point away from stepping into the next round of the competition. For Ajax, though, this is a crucial game for any hopes of qualification. Additionally, they will look to get back on track after suffering their heaviest defeat in the Champions League last week.
Spalletti was forced to make one change to his defense from . . .