One goal in time and the Azzurri confirmed their full points
They are enough ten minutes to Napoli to return to the balcony, and always Osimhen to have the keys to the attic (snaps deep, receives from Zielinski and puts on Cragno; then gets the penalty for the 2-0 in the second half), from where Luciano Spalletti has decided to dominate the Gulf and the whole championship.
One goal in time, without stress. With the certainty that only a solid and convinced team can have. Cagliari arrives at the Maradona stadium aware of the gap technical, but at least decided not to take the embarkation. And then Mazzarri, who is still welcomed here as an ex with applause, fixes the defensive block, maintains density in midfield (with Marin trying to shield Fabian Ruiz) and entrusts Joao Pedro with the unprecedented role of false nine. His race plan includes fast restarts, but the center of gravity remains low. Napoli in fluency blocks any potential race towards the goal defended by Ospina. The outsiders manage to parade and Caceres first and Nandez later do not take advantage of two chances in the final of the first half: the defensive organization of Spalletti’s team also intercepts the few dirty balls that happen to the opponents.
Not a challenge that will be remembered for its pace and intensity, Napoli adapts and manages dribble and possession: master of the field. Gain authority and legitimize the dominance of the ranking. The penalty scored by Insigne in the twelve minute of the second half (there are 111 goals, minus four from Maradona) closes the game. The captain celebrated 400 appearances and the number 10 was matched on the big screen. An error or perhaps a sign of destiny.
Something more could be expected from Cagliari, which after three days still has very little of Mazzarri, who took over from Semplici for three days. Absolute protagonist the Nigerian striker of Napoli: so far six goals (four in the league), the first in the home stadium. His every touch of the ball accompanied by the roar of the stadium. Forces Godin to stop him with a penalty foul, Osimhen grants captain Insigne the penalty shot. He kept waiting for a year, but is paying back the club’s heavy investment with interest. What its market value is difficult to say, but certainly its price tag is worth more than the seventy million spent by Napoli. Standing ovation for him when he left the field.
Spalletti’s successes are six out of six and now it becomes difficult to hide, especially due to the attitude of the group: calm, clear-headed and aware. At this point also able to control high altitude vertigo. Each match marks the increase in the level of growth of the team, each change of Spalletti (a few minutes even for Demme who returns after the injury) certifies that everyone is useful and functional to the cause. On the feet of Petagna the opportunity for the third center. Ten goals in the last three games, which unlike the first three have been dominated. There is no break, however. Thursday back on the pitch in the Europa League against Spartak Moscow. Another lap, another race. And this time Spalletti will linger on the turnover.
September 26, 2021 (change September 26, 2021 | 23:03)
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