Are Cracks Beginning to Form in Napoli’s Midfield Wall?

Down a goal to Genoa and what would be nine points behind league leading Juventus if the current score were to hold, Carlo Ancelotti stares across the pitch with an intense and concerned look as his players attempt to equalize and overcome both the Genoa defense and the torrential rain that has water logged the…

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’s Dream Start Headed for More Turbulence

Ladies and gentlemen, the Captain has turned on the fasten seat belt sign. When Serie A released the 2018/19 schedule on 26 July, many argued SSC Napoli had the stiffest competition to start the upcoming season. Doubters pointed to a new head coach, lack of significant signings and the sheer monumental task of repeating a…

Match Preview: Napoli v AC Milan – Giornata 2

Team Form Napoli W – 3/3 Points Collected AC Milan N/A – First Match of the Season Match Preview Second week in, and let’s pipe in the drama, shall we? AC Milan comes to the bay of Naples to visit Napoli in a match of reunions and a season starting for one of the teams…

Napoli’s Quiet and Confident Philosophical Change

  The art of winning a championship is painted in a varied array of colors, styles and forms. All of which mirror the vast variety of coaching methodologies, player personalities and tactical game plans. Throughout sports we have seen the gamut of coaching philosophies from disciplinarian to game manager to brilliant tacticians, all winning championships….

Napoli’s 5 Biggest Questions going into the 2018-19 Season

Napoli are coming off a historic season that saw them miss winning the Scudetto by a mere 4 points. Certainly expectations are high for the club that challenged a highly talented Juventus side to the very end. While Napoli have done an amazing job this off-season to retain their top talent and deepen the quality…