Leicester-Napoli, pre-match: Zielinski is a surprise, Spalletti with 4 changes. Rodgers leaves without Tielemans and Vardy

Leicester-Napoli, pre-match: Zielinski is a surprise, Spalletti with 4 changes. Rodgers leaves without Tielemans and Vardy
Leicester-Napoli, pre-match: Zielinski is a surprise, Spalletti with 4 changes. Rodgers leaves without Tielemans and Vardy

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19.35 – OFFICIAL TRAINING – Surprisingly, there is Zielinski from the first minute. Spalletti makes 4 changes compared to Juve: in addition to the Pole who has evidently grown in condition in recent days, space for Lozano on the right (with the confirmation of Insigne on the left), Rrahmani in the center of the defense with Koulibaly and in Malcuit on the right, thus bringing Di Lorenzo on the left. In midfield no surprises with Fabian and Anguissa in practice obliged

Many surprises in Leicester that makes turnovrer, inserting Evans in defense for Soyuncu, in midfield Soumaré for Tielemans and in attack with three alternations: with Barnes in fact there are no Maddison and Albrighton but Iheanacho and Ayoze Perez and in attack the tip is Daka and not Vardy who will take over in the second half.

LEICESTER (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Castagne, Vestergaard, Evans, Bertrand; Ndidi, Soumaré; Ayoze Pérez, Barnes, Iheanacho; Daka. All. Rodgers
Available: Ward, Söyüncü, Amartey, Thomas, Ricardo, Choudhury, Dewsbury-Hall, Tielemans, Albrighton, Maddison, Lookman, Vardy.

NAPLES (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Malcuit, Rrahmani, Koulibaly, Di Lorenzo; Fabian, Anguissa; Lozano, Zielinski, Insigne; Osimhen. Herds Spalletti
Available: Boffelli, Idasiak, Juan Jesus, Manolas, Zanoli, Elmas, Ounas, Politano, Petagna.

19.30 – Teams arrive at the stadium

Rodgers without Fofana and Mendy but recovers Ayoze Perez as an attacking change. In attack, however, he should confirm Albrighton, Maddison and Barnes behind the striker Vardy, still the favorite over Daka. In midfield the owners Tielemens-Ndidi, with Soumaré who has some chance of undermining one of the two, and in defense the former Atalanta Castagne on the right, Soyuncu and Vestergaard in the center of the defense and Bertrand on the left, in front of Schmeichel.

Spalletti with Insigne not at the top and without Mario Rui, Meret, Ghoulam, Demme and Lobotka. Many doubts about the formation: Rrahmani undermines Manolas to pair up with Koulibaly, with Di Lorenzo on the right and Juan Jesus in a ballot with Malcuit on the left (or with the latter on the right and Di Lorenzo on the other band). In midfield Fabian and Anguissa almost obliged, except for a lowering of Elmas, in a runoff with Zielinski as a sub-leader, with Politano and Lozano (but pay attention to Insigne’s recovery) behind Osimhen.

The numbers also confirm the difficulty of the commitment. In fact, Napoli have never won a European away match against English opponents in 10 previous attempts (2 draws and 8 defeats) and, moreover, Leicester have lost only two of their 13 home games in European competitions. Last year, however, the English came out in the round of 32, disappointing, against Slavia Prague. Napoli’s European journey begins from Leicester. Spalletti’s team will challenge not only the strongest team in the competition (at least as regards the value of the squad, it is first for Transfermarkt right in front of the Azzurri) but also an opponent capable of exalting himself in the great challenges. Leicester finished in fifth place last Premier League, just one point behind European champions Chelsea, and clearly ahead of teams like Tottenham and Arsenal, but above all they triumphed in two finals: in mid-May they beat 1-0 Chelsea in the FA Cup final (previously also eliminating United), and on 7 August they also beat Manchester City 1-0, thus also triumphing in the Community Shield. The start of the season was not exciting, but on Saturday he immediately got back on the right path, causing City to suffer (0-1 the final) and recovering important players. In summary, a task that is anything but easy for Napoli, called to the company after – just in the year in which the first place leads directly to the second round – in their group they have found the only truly formidable team.

Friends of Tuttonapoli, good evening and welcome to the direct text of Leicester-Naples!

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