Friday Night Lights in Napoli was an epic hit, as Napoli faced the Tuscan squad, Empoli. With the emergence of Inter Milan This past week, it was important to get a win. Although they didn’t play their best match, they were able to get a 5-1 win against Empoli.
Same as usual in the formation, 4-4-2. Napoli got a flashback of the 2017/2018 version of them, as Empoli still retains a lot of Sarriball philosophies.
In net, we got Orestis Karnezis, as David Ospina received some rest ahead of Champions League midweek. Karnezis had support most of the match by the backline, as they did a great job trying to make his life easier. Karnezis seemed a little a shaky despite a solid stat line. He seemed comfortable in his past couple starts, this last start was similar to his pre-season form.
In the backline, Ancelotti went with Malcuit-Maksimovic-Koulibaly-Hysaj. Malcuit got the start ahead of Mario Rui, speculating that more than likely it’ll be Rui playing against PSG midweek. Ghoulam has been placed on the bench, so his return is imminent to happen soon. Maksimovic filled in to give Albiol some rest, while Koulibaly had a spectacular match, dominant as always even adding an assist to his stat line.
In midfield we got Fabian-Rog-Diawara-Zielinski. A solid performance overall by the midfielders. For the PSG match, we saw Hamsik, Allan, and Callejón get the rest, more than likely those three will start Tuesday. The center midfielders Rog and Diawara, played deep leaving space for Empoli to hind holes with their crisp passes. With Empoli applying pressure, Ancelotti Made some substitution to gain back leverage. In the 63rd minute, Callejón went in for Fabian Ruiz, notching an assist minutes after going in. Michael Allan as well went in the 63rd minute, providing a defensive presence.
Up top, of course, we had Insigne-Mertens. Both had stellar performances. Insigne started the scoring in the Ninth minute, while Mertens was on fire, notching a hat trick in the match. With this great performance, it moved Mertens up to sixth all-time in the goal scorers list for Napoli. In the 83rd minute, Milik came in and finally got his first goal since September.
Although the stat line shows otherwise, Napoli did not play it’s best match overall, they were able to get goals when they needed, but let Empoli creep around for 60 minutes, with the PSG match coming up, Ancelotti needs his guys to play tighter in the next match. After a Tuesday night matchup against PSG, they’re back in Serie A play as they take a trip back to Genoa Saturday, this time to face Genoa CFC.
FORZA NAPOLI SEMPRE!!!!!!!!!!!