Napoli – Sassuolo: Napoli Continue To Display Dominance (2-0)
Despite the departure of Luciano Spalletti, Napoli have started the season from where they left off, as they played well and secured a comfortable victory against Sassuolo. Giovanni Di Lorenzo was surprisingly the star of the show, with Napoli exploiting their opponents on the right flank largely thanks to the fullback’s superb movements and combination with the winger.
Tactical analysis and match report by Rahul Madhavan.
The Serie A champions were back on their home turf, but there were a few changes compared to their previous visit. Luciano Spalletti bid farewell after an incredible season that resulted in ending a three-decade title drought. This period also saw the departure of influential center-back Kim Min-jae to Bayern Munich. There were several fresh faces added, but none more significant than Rudi Garcia, who took over the reins from Spalletti.
It will be intriguing to see what Garcia implements to a team that dominated the league last time out. Ultimately, results are of utmost importance, and the French manager started his tenure with a triumph against Frosinone.
In his first taste of the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, Garcia made just one change from the last game. Alex Meret started in goal, with Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Amir Rrahmani, Juan Jesus, and Matheus Olivera completing the back four. In midfield, Stanislav Lobotka and Piotr Zieliński retained their positions, whereas Frank Zambo Anguissa took the place of Jens Cajuste. The forward trio comprised Matteo Politano, Giacomo Raspadori, and Victor Osimhen.
Meanwhile, Sassuolo, who enjoyed a period of success under Roberto De Zerbi, had to settle for successive mid-table finishes under Alessio Dionisi. The club has found stability under Dionisi’s leadership and will look . . .