Just Who Are Napoli’s Starting XI?

    Napoli completed their sixth game of the season home at the San Paulo against Parma where they won in convincing style 3-0. Lorenzo Insigne wasted no time netting his fifth goal of the season in the 3′ while Arkadiusz Milik added two more in the second half, bringing his season total to three….

Sempre! Tactical Analysis: Is Napoli’s Future in the 4-4-2?

One of the many excellent points made on the recent Sempre! podcast was James’ thought that Ancelotti has not found his preferred XI or formation yet. In the doom and gloom of the fallout from the 3-0 drubbing, I’d like to suggest that over the past two games there have been 90 minutes of excellent…

Napoli 3 – 2 Milan: Match Review and Analysis

Earlier this week, former Napoli boss and current Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri declared his preference for the Premier League over Serie A stating “In Serie A after 20 minutes 2-0 the match is finished.” Well it doesn’t appear his former team and replacement manager Carlo Ancelotti got the memo. Last week, down 1-0 to Lazio,…

Sempre! Tactical Analysis – Sarri v Ancelotti

“You can’t control the talent. You can only provide the right information for them to achieve what they want to achieve; then it is up to them” Carlo Ancelotti writing in ‘Quiet Leadership’ The pre-season friendly against Dortmund was the best I have seen Napoli play since Sarri’s version of gli azzurri ran out of…

Sempre! Analysis: Ancelotti and Tactical Options at Napoli

I really enjoyed the twitter response to the last thing I wrote for this site: an article exploring the different formations Mister Ancelotti might employ over the season. Since then, Massimo has put this fantastic piece together about Hamsik’s role, too. Both of these pieces of writing suggest that Napoli next season is going to…

Napoli Captain Hamsik Set for a Revival Under Ancelotti?

Napoli is currently in the midst of one of its busiest off-seasons in recent memory. From the large amount of activity in the mercato that we’re all unaccustomed to, to the unveiling of our brand new, and in my opinion, beautiful new kits, this summer has been anything but a boring summer for Napoli fans….