Juventus proved change of manager won’t make Napoli Serie A winner
Juventus defeated Napoli 3-1 in table topper clash to go six points clear on top of Serie A table. Bainconeri proved that manager change won’t make Napoli Serie A winner as long as they themselves don’t ruin their game plan.
Napoli made a management change this season as club president Aurelio de Laurentiis runs out of patience with Maurizio Sarri. They hired veteran manager Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager but he also fail short of plans against dominant Juventus side.
Dries Mertens gave Napoli an early lead but Juve bounced back thanks to Mario Mandzukic’s double and Leonardo Bonucci strike. Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t find goal for himself but he must be happy with his three assists of the day.
Mandzukic & Cristiano together for Juventus this season:
11 Goals involvement pic.twitter.com/1wzSp8uM0h
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Juventus started with 4-3-1-2 formation playing Paulo Dybala just behind Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo, whereas Ancelotti preferred 4-3-3 formation playing Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon alongside Lorenzo insigne. He also brought in Marek Hamsik in attacking midfield role to add experience of the big game.
It looks like typical Maurizo Sarri side only Napoli midfield dynamics was missing Jorginho who has left for Chelsea alongside Sarri. Ancelotti may look like a different coach but he deployed the same philosophy against Juventus.
The only difference is Sarri side has defeated Bianconeri last season in this fixture. They lose Serie A title is different issue which Hamsik explained earlier that because of the euphoria. Sarri also have explained earlier during international break that Napoli didn’t lost scudetto on the pitch but in the hotel telling the script of last season.
⚽️ Serie A: JUVENTUS 3-1 NAPOLI | Cristiano Ronaldo claims three assists as Mario Mandzukic scores twice before visitors are reduced to 10 men. pic.twitter.com/C6cFJs6SPQ
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Napoli started brilliantly thanks to a brilliant team effort. Allan brilliantly intercepted Leonardo Bonucci and threaded a through ball for Jose Callejon who cushioned a volley for Mertens to tap in. Partenopei had the much needed lead playing away against the Serie A dominant team but they failed to make the most of their early lead.
Elseid Hysaj failed to contain Cristiano Ronaldo on the left and he did brilliantly to beat him with his inside-out trick and crossed a ball inside the box where Mandzukic was lurking for his headed effort. In a split of a second, the game was level. Then CR7 also helped himself earning a free-kick outside the box and strikes brilliantly only for David Ospina to make a fumbled save. Thankfully, nobody was there to make a rebound effort. Marek Hamsik made a good tackle to deny on rushing Miralem Pjanic.
However, Juve got another rebound chance from Ronaldo’s effort in the second-half and this time they were alert. Ronaldo snapshot was finger-tipped but Mandzukic was quick to react to score his second of the night and give Juventus lead.
Piotr Zielinski has almost brought Napoli on level term setting Jose Callejon for a tap in effort but Alex Sandro made a brilliant tackle to deny him. Wojciech Szczesny almost helped Napoli to level when he fumbled Lorenzo Insigne’s curling effort but again Sandro was quick to clear the danger.
When it seems Napoli are into the game to fight for the leveler, Mario Rui was sent off making a harsh tackle on Paulo Dybala. The 10-men Napoli side with half an hour of game left to play find it difficult against Juventus starry side and they suffered another goal.
Ronaldo flicked a corner ball setting Bonucci at the far post who made a sliding effort to help himself with a rare goal. Ronaldo didn’t strike which he loves against a top side but he was very much influential in the game with his three assists.
It can be said that Cristiano Ronaldo proved to be more valuable for Serie A than Carlo Ancelotti as Juve defeated Ancelotti’s Napoli. Carlo Ancelotti in his defense told Sky Italia, “Overall we played well but we lost the ball a few too many times and that gave them confidence. I think eferee gave both yellows a bit too easily. We have to keep doing the things we’re doing. I’m not worried about the six points gap.”