Napoli’s Summer Transfer Business Represents A Change in Direction For The Club

It has been three years since Napoli made a huge double-edged statement in a bid to climb back to Italian football’s peak, and again they find themselves at a crossroads. In the summer of 2013, Rafael Benitez, fresh from success against the tide at Chelsea, and Gonzalo Higuain, looking for regular first team football after[…]

Napoli Prove Title Credentials Against Fellow Contenders Inter

In the eight days between Inter’s 4-0 victory over Frosinone last weekend and Monday night’s trip to Napoli, Roberto Mancini would have devoted much of his time to coming up with a strategy to stop Mauricio Sarri’s in-form outfit from scoring. After 65 seconds at the Stadio San Paolo, those plans lay in ruins. It[…]

How Kalidou Koulibaly Has Improved Under Maurizio Sarri

With a cigarette in his mouth, he observes from afar. The 56-year-old is forever a student to the game, taking the utmost care in each step he takes. A recent report from the newspaper Il Mattino explained he spends up to 15 hours per day involved in football related work. Aside from training his squad,[…]

Jorginho’s Rediscovered Form has Lifted Napoli to Fight Among Italy’s Best

He’s not very fast. He’s not great in the tackle. He’s not the most physical. But Jorginho is the heart of Napoli’s midfield at the moment, and his excellent performances have given the club a lift to fight for Italy’s top places. The Brazilian-born Italian arrived in Naples from Verona in January of 2014 and[…]

A 4-3-3 looks to provide the right balance for Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli

New Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri did not go down the usual route of making it to the top level of football management by being an ex-footballer. A bank manager until 2002, the 56-year-old brought his Empoli side to Serie A last season, making his managing debut in Italy’s top-flight. Sticking by his 4-3-1-2, which demands[…]

Gonzalo Higuain hoping to extinguish his old demons against Lazio

With the score level at 2-2, the ball was placed on the spot and fans huddled in together, holding their breath. What happened next would shape Napoli’s future, granting them either Champions League or Europa League football and individually, had the possibility of exalting Gonzalo Higuain to something of a higher figure in the crazed[…]