Naples, conclusion of a nightmare

The curtain falls on a season of a championship-winning team, which from the beginning had a tortuous road, which ended with non-qualification for the European cups after 14 years

Editorial board – End of a nightmare championship for a Scudetto-winning Napoli who, as the months passed, seemed listless match after match.

The curtain falls on a season of a championship-winning team, which from the beginning had a tortuous road, thanks to all the mistakes made, which ended with non-qualification for the European cups after 14 years.

Even with Lecce he showed two faces: the apathetic one and the one who tried to score a goal, but failed, not finding the target for a few meters or due to the lack of mental clarity that had taken hold for some time in the footballers’ heads. That goal, which given Atalanta’s victory over Torino, would have led the Azzurri to qualify for the Conference Laegue.

At Maradona the atmosphere is almost surreal, the fans remain silent for the usual quarter of an hour as a sign of protest and then the two corners demonstrate all their dissent for a dishonorable season on the part of the now former Italian champions.

The match against the Salento team, now safe, could have given something less bitter, but now the trend has always been that of the other matches: a lackluster half and a time of redemption and sometimes without goals.

The Azzurri start well: Politano is stopped in the corner, and then the ball goes just wide, Simeone’s ball flies just over the crossbar. Lecce showed up with a low shot from Dorgu that chipped the outside post and went wide, then the Giallorossi jeopardized Meret’s goal with Berisha.

Kvara and Lobotka try to give some kind of shock, but there is nothing they can do.

And it seems to arrive in the second half, Ngonge calls Falcone to make a great intervention, Kvara closes the left foot too much and finishes wide, Cajuste hits the post, Raspa puts it just wide. It seems like a more proactive and offensive Napoli than in the first half. Ngonge hits the crossbar, Oliveria shoots but Baschirotto saves almost on the line, Osimhen puts it just wide, but is not at his best. Chill on the Azzurri’s shoulders caused by Oudin who puts the ball just wide.

A nightmare season ends. The team returns to the locker room without even passing under the bends. Game over at Maradona. Now all that remains is to rebuild.

NAPLES (4-3-3): Meret; Di Lorenzo (85′ Mazzocchi), Ostigard, Juan Jesus, Olivera; Anguissa, Lobotka, Cajuste (65′ Osihmen); Politano (46′ Ngonge), Simeone (46′ Raspadori), Kvaratskhelia. Available Contini, Gollini, Natan, Traorè, Rrahmani, Lindstrom, D’Avino. All. F. Calzona.

LECCE (4-4-1-1): Falcone; Gendrey, Baschirotto, Pongracic, Gallo (64′ Piccoli); Almqvist (55′ Gonzalez), Blin (77′ Oudin), Ramadani, Dorgu; Berisha (77′ Rafia); Krstovic (55′ Pierotti). Available Brancolini, Samooja, Borbei, Venuti, Esposito, Burnete, Touba, Samek. All. L. Gotti.

REFEREE: Federico Dionisi of L’Aquila (Perrotti-Cavallina; IV Gualtieri; VAR Marini-Muto).

NOTES: Corners: 4-1. Rec. 0′ st, 5′ st.

GiSpa

 
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