Collectively inferior to Milan, Naples rolled over the diavolo by ensuring behind, as by demonstrating an impressive realism in front. The Partenopei signs a major victory (1-2), which propels them at the top of Serie A.
By Adrien Candeau
AC Milan 1-2 SSC Napoli
Goals: Giroud (69e) // Politano (55esp), Simeone (78e) for Napoli
They are not always the most impressive. Even less the most flamboyant. This Napoli no longer shines as it once did during the Sarri years. But he knows how to do it. Take the hits at the right times. By distributing, when the opponent makes the mistake of lowering his guard. This Sunday, Milan, an often brilliant collective, failed twice behind. And ended his evening with so many balls in the buffet.
The devil in the body
Hyper successful at the start of Serie A, Milan does not change anything in its good habits. the diavolo prints its furious pressing to a pressurized Napoli, while Tonali and De Ketelaere constantly sow discord between the lines. Upon receiving a superb masked pass from Krunic in the area, Giroud logically thought to open the scoring, but the powerful shot from the Frenchman was nicely deflected off the end of the glove by Meret. Clearly dominated, Naples does not create much, like Kvaratskhelia, muzzled with authority by an imperial Calabria in the one-on-one. Compact behind, the Azzuri at least retained the merit of defending well and overcame the break to keep their clean sheet.
Giovanni and Campania
Naples finds fangs and audacity at the start of the second act. A notch higher, the Partenopei finally make Milan doubt behind. Kvaratskhelia regained his legs, as the Georgian caught Dest cold with a long inside hook. Enough to force the Lombard defender to make a mistake and offer a penalty to the Spalletti guys. Politano transforms the offering, and the Red and Black are now forced to gallop after the score. Not enough to freak out the Milanese, especially the De Ketelaere-Hernández-Giroud trio. Launched like a bandwagon by the Belgian on his left side, Lucas’ brother serves Giroud in the area, who discovered with a flat left foot in first intention. A remarkable collective action, but Naples will once again respond with their individualities. Freshly entered the game, Giovanni Simeone took advantage of an excellent cross from Mario Rui to deceive Maignan, with a perfectly placed header. Conducted against the run of play, Rossoneri will never stop projecting themselves offensively, but Kalulu, alone facing the cage, hits the bar at the very end of the game. In success, the Neapolitans make the perfect shot at San Siro, and now sit at the top of Serie A.
AC Milan (4-2-3-1):Maignan – Calabria (Dest, 46e), Kjaer (Kalulu, 46e), Tomori, Hernández – Tonali, Bennacer – Saelemaekers (Messias, 66e), De Ketelaere (Adli, 82e) , Krunic (Diaz, 66e) – Giroud. Coach : Stefano Pioli.
SSC Napoli (4-3-3): Meret – Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Kim, Mario Rui (Olivera, 90e) – Anguissa, Lobotka, Zieliński (Elmas, 87e) – Politano (Zerbin, 66 years olde), Raspadori (Simeone, 67e), Kvaratskhelia (Ndombele, 87e). Coach : Luciano Spalletti.
By Adrien Candeau