SSC Napoli have become one of the best stories in all of world football. Despite recently losing to Liverpool in the Champions League group stage, Napoli won group A over Liverpool, Ajax, and Rangers. Napoli are also first place in Serie A, looking to capture their first championship since the departure of Diego Maradona.
The biggest bright spot of Napoli season has been the young Georgian Winger, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. Ever since coming to Napoli in July of this year from Dinamo Batumi, Kvaratskhelia has proven to be the signing of the season and has even earned the nickname “Kvaradona” due to his tremendous dribbling skills and excellent set-up play.
Kvaratskhelia is also lethal in goal. The 21-year-old has scored eight goals and has eight assists in between Serie A and the Champions League for Napoli. Kvaratskhelia has immediately emerged as one of the biggest wonderkids in all of football and will have the biggest clubs knocking down Napoli’s door to sign him for the next coming years.
Possession & Link Play
Napoli has always been a great passing and possession side, but manager Luciano Spalletti has them playing at their best. Napoli leads the league in pass completion percentage (85.6) and leads the league in short, medium, and long passing percentages.
Napoli has established themselves as the best team in Italy at setting up linking plays towards each other, hitting one-touch passes, and progressing the ball like no other, which is a large reason why they have the most assists in Italy by 5 assists. Not to mention the lethal scoring ability Nigerian international and striker Victor Osimhen has been, grabbing seven goals in the league so far.
This squad is tremendous at successful dribbles, resulting in longer possessions and trust to press forward. This philosophy under Spaletti’s system has made them difficult to stop and has made them a dangerous squad to face in both Serie A and the Champions League.
Lastly, one of the best things about Napoli are their devoted fans. They have always had one of the best atmospheres in all of world football, even when they didn’t have a great side. The former San Paolo stadium, now Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, is one of the hardest places to play because of the supporters, and now with a title-contending team on the pitch, it makes the atmosphere even better.
They have been scratching at the surface of a Serie A win over last decade multiple times, but have never been able to jump through that glass ceiling. Now the fans have been rewarded for all of their dedication over multiple decades and have a chance to finally celebrate with a squad they have been praying for so long.
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