Napoli – Red Bull Salzburg: Salzburg Fight Back Into The Game And Escape With A Draw (1-1)
The match started promising, with chances on both sides and the Austrians taking an early lead. However, after that goal Napoli clearly dominated for the rest of the first half, rewarding their performance with Lozano’s equalizer. Jesse Marsch’s tactical adjustment at half-time allowed for a more balanced second half, with neither team able to find the winner subsequently.
Tactical analysis and match report by Jonas G.
Napoli’s form in the league is far from impressive, with just one win out of their last five Serie A matches. Their record in the Champions League this season looks just fine, however, and with seven points from three matches, they sat in first position coming into this match. Compared to their loss against AS Roma, Carlo Ancelotti made only two changes. At center-back, Nikola Maksimović started instead of Kostas Manolas and Hirving Lozano came into the eleven thanks to his pace and quality to run in behind the opposition’s defense.
Salzburg is unchallenged for years in the Austrian Bundesliga and have won eleven out of thirteen matches, the other two games being draws. They already underlined they can compete in the Champions League as well, losing against Liverpool and Napoli in unfortunate ways rather than being played off the pitch. However, with only three points from three matches, a win here more or less counted as an obligation . . .