Napoli – Internazionale: The King’s Crown Slips Further From The Neapolitan Grip (0-3)
Though it is too early to say if this meeting was a passing of the baton, the symbolic state of this result was transparent. The Scudetto holders have lost their swagger— even if remnants of their old selves are present— while the league leaders slowly showcased how they were the superiors.
Tactical analysis and match report by Emmanuel Adeyemi-Abere.
Napoli were firmly at the peak of their powers last campaign, but the mood at the club has soured since Luciano Spalletti left the dugout. Rudi Garcia has ruined the foundations of his predecessor, struggling to secure second place in their Champions League group and stumbling further from the Serie A summit. He lost his job after just four months at the helm. The current coach is a man that returned with well wishes from the board, but how long will the goodwill last for Walter Mazzarri?
Mazzarri made three changes to the starting eleven he sent out at the Santiago Bernabéu in a 4-2 midweek defeat. Juan Jesus made way for Leo Østigård, who joined Amir Rrahmani in the center of the defense, and Natan moved to the left of the back four. Piotr Zieliński limped off with an injury he received against Real Madrid and would only feature . . .