Luciano Spalletti’s team led the table by seven points going into Friday night’s pivotal showdown against second-placed Juventus.
And they were aware that, with the Bianconeri coming into Naples on the heels of eight straight league triumphs, it might very well be reduced to four in a matter of seconds.
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Juventus managed to retain clean sheets in all eight of those games despite their injury woes, which is absolutely insane.
However, Max Allegri’s team’s defensive strength transformed into defensive weakness when they faced Napoli at the venerable Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
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Victor Osimhen and Kvicha Kvaratskhelia were the uncontested stars of the show as Spalletti’s well-oiled machine destroyed Juventus 5-1.
During his masterful performance, Kvaratskhelia not only scored but also provided two assists, and Osimhen added two goals to his tally of 12 goals in 14 Serie A outings this season. Oh, and just for good measure, the Nigerian also registered an assist.
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Yes, the seasoned manager Spalletti had a night to remember.
Why Luciano Spalletti chased Max Allegri
The Italian is currently on the verge of leading Napoli to the Scudetto for the first time since Maradona.
It would be a significant accomplishment, one that is enhanced by the fact that Spalletti’s club is now playing what is perhaps the most visually stunning and entertaining brand of football on the world.
Spalletti is a very exceptional manager, and it appears that he also enjoys cracking jokes on occasion.
What makes us say that?
After Napoli’s convincing win against Juventus, Spalletti’s humorous pursuit of Allegri for a handshake went viral on social media.
The two titans of calcio exchanged an embrace at the conclusion of Spalletti’s clumsy but magnificent dash into the tunnel, which looked like something out of a comedy movie.
Wonderful work, and it was wonderful to witness the respect between the two in the conclusion.
What will Napoli do next in their effort to win the Serie A?
They play Salernitana (A), Roma (H), Spezia (A), Cremonese (H), and Sassuolo in their next five league games (A).
Napoli should win 15 out of a possible 15, and if they do. The title will be given the way they’ve been playing.
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