Jose Callejon – Napoli Player Focus – 2018

The Ancelotti era is well underway and Partenopei are celebrating many aspects of this encouraging, eye-brow led new dawn. Some are drinking in the minutes on the pitch that 2019 Ballon d’Or winner, Marko Rog is enjoying. Others (@kdschlewitz) are positively piqued at the emergence of Nikola Maksimovic as The Serbian Diego Godin. And all…

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…

Match Preview: Lazio v Napoli – Giornata 1

After what felt like the longest off season in history, we are back against Lazio on Saturday. It’s the first leg of seven incredibly challenging fixtures for our new Maestro, Carlo Ancelotti, and should prove to be a highly entertaining affair. Both teams have had a mixed pre-season with Lazio losing to Dortmund and Arsenal…

Sempre Season Preview! – Napoli Breakout Players

To follow up James and his work on Arek Milik, the rest of the Sempre! podcast team has assembled their list of breakout players for this season: Raffa Rispo – Piotr Zielinski   Last season, Piotr Zielinski played in 36 of 38 Serie A matches, starting 14 of them and coming off the bench 22…

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…