Napoli on the top even after key players departed


It is no doubt that Napoli are well and truly back to the top. The Italians have been no less than sensational in the Serie A as well as the UCL. It is an understatement to say that they are top of the league and their UCL group. The way Napoli are dismantling teams is quite astonishing to see and proves how one coach and his beliefs can change the way a club performs. Luciano Spalletti has built a side no one wants to play against. His team are scoring goals for fun and his players play with a certain zeal and enthusiasm that is not seen much around Europe.

Victor Osimhen is a monster in the making. The way he is spearheading the Napoli attack tells how much Spalletti believes in him. Gattuso was never able to bring the best out of Osimhen but the current Napoli boss has turned the tables pretty soon than expected. Everyone wrote off Napoli for this season after the departures of Koulibaly, Mertens, and Insigne. But their recruitments have been nothing less than excellent as players have settled in almost immediately. Kim Min Jae is marshaling the Napoli defence in style as they have conceded only 13 goals so far. Giovanni Simeone and Raspadori are proving to be great investments.

But the player of the season so far is Khvicha Kravatskhelia. The 21-year-old Georgian has taken the world by storm after a breakthrough campaign at Napoli so far. The youngster has scored 7 goals and provided 8 assists in 15 games this season. It is hard to believe that he has cemented his place at the left wing in his first-ever season only. He has attracted interest from the majority of the big clubs this summer only. The club sees him as untouchable and are looking to tie him down to a new contract having got him in July.

Koulibaly’s Departure was a difficult one at first

One of the main departures that took place was of Senegalese CB Kalidou Koulibaly. The 30-year-old had long been expected to leave Napoli. Barcelona and Chelsea were the clubs that were talked of as a potential destination for him. But in the end, it was Chelsea who managed to get him for a bargain price. The Blues lost out to two of their 3 starting CBs this summer. Thus, Koulibaly was the most feasible and sensible signing.

On his time at Chelsea so far, Koulibaly said,

The beauty of football is also this, I arrive with a coach who wanted me at all costs and then he leaves. Both Tuchel and Potter play with the three-man defence. At Napoli I was used to playing with a four-man backline. It’s another arrow that I put in my bow, you never stop learning. I knew I was going to have a hard time, and it has been this way. Even Zola, Drogba had anticipated it would be and told me.

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