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What made Napoli the most influential team

After losing key stars, many analysts predicted Napoli may struggle this year, but Luciano Spalletti’s team has become the new favorite in Europe. Ruud Krol asserted that Napoli is now playing better football than any other side in Europe in an interview with the Gazzetta Dello Sport published on Tuesday. They demonstrated his argument the next night by handing Ajax a historic 6-1 loss in their own backyard.

The great Italian coach was astounded by what he had just seen, having long since grown weary of the disparity in caliber between Serie A teams and Europe’s top. On Sky Sport Italia, he told Alessandro Costacurta that Napoli had just taught a football lesson at the Johan Cruyff Arena. To the Dutch, who taught the rest of us how to play, I say: learn your lesson!

In fact, Van Basten was furious and ashamed at his former team for spending €100 million in an odd and foolish manner throughout the summer. There is a problem. By contrast, Napoli’s sports director Cristiano Giuntoli and club president De Laurentiis executed one brilliant move after another throughout the summer window.

Napoli has, in fact, recovered from it stronger despite losing a number of its players. And they didn’t do it by spending a huge sum of money. In order to replace former captain Lorenzo Insigne, defensive stalwart Kalidou Koulibaly, star midfielder Fabian Ruiz, and all-time leading scorer Dries Mertens, Napoli paid just under €60 million (£53 million/$58 million).

Also not a project for washing sporting equipment. Even though Napoli is not a state-backed team with an endless supply of oil money, after three games they had scored 13 more goals in the Champions League than any other team, even Manchester City of Erling Haaland (11).

Then, is it any wonder that Luciano Spalletti’s team has overnight become the talk of Europe and the new hipster football team? Not that the Italian coach’s dejected expression in Amsterdam would have let you know otherwise. The journalist had to inquire once during his post-game interview if he was genuinely pleased with the outcome.

He obviously was. He had just praised his team for a “wonderful” performance before quickly reminding them that they still hadn’t accomplished anything. His attention was already focused on their upcoming matchup with Cremonese. He said it would be difficult. He was correct, too.

Despite the unfair score, Napoli triumphed 4-1. It turned into a battle on a scale that is not appropriate for our characteristics, as Spalletti informed DAZN. We couldn’t consistently get the second ball, thus the game turned into something we weren’t used to. However, the team never lost its composure, thus in the end, our strategy was successful.

And this touches on a few of the factors that have many observers beginning to think Napoli may now possess as much substance as they do elegance. After all, this is the first time in club history that they have won eight straight games in all competitions. Napoli is now in first place in Serie A after defeating AC Milan at San Siro, and they have won all three of their games in the Champions League thus far, including a 4-1 thumping of Liverpool.

However, it is still unclear whether he is actually capable of taking home significant awards. Even though he won the Russian Premier League twice with Zenit, he has never won the Scudetto. Additionally, he is not unfamiliar with powerful starts. Remember when Napoli dominated the opening part of the previous season? On matchday 27, they also regained their positions above Milan and Inter, but they lost three of their following seven games, including a 1-0 loss to Milan at home, and they wound up in third place.

For instance, the injury suffered by highly desired center-forward Victor Osimhen during the rout of Liverpool appeared to be a big setback for Napoli, yet he hasn’t been missed at all. Without the Nigerian, Napoli has won six games, during which time summer acquisitions Giacomo Raspadori and Giovanni Simeone have excelled. Naturally, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, every full-worst back’s nightmare (ask Trent Alexander-Arnold), has been a big assistance. The €10 million transfer from Dinamo Batumi already appears to be a lock for Signing of the Season, and by season’s end, he should have racked up plenty more accolades.

Along with Zielinski and Stanislav Lobotka, the former Fulham player Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa has been a revelation in midfield. Lobotka has upped his game this season and now appears to be getting rewarded with a new deal. Even Tottenham loanee Tanguy Ndombele is displaying signs of the future world-beating player we previously saw at Lyon.

But it might be argued that Napoli’s most important acquisition was in defense. Koulibaly ought to have been tough to replace, but Inter legend Beppe Bergomi is one of many who believes Kim Min-Jae is sometimes superior to the Senegalese.

Naturally, Spalletti is making every effort to put himself and his players above all of this exciting discussion. There is still so much to do, and this season is unlike any other because the World Cup was inserted in the middle of it, making the schedule the most jam-packed we’ve ever seen.

He told Corriere Dello Sport that the team is full of excellent players. We can achieve more than anyone imagines if we carry on in this manner. Of course, the word is now out. There’s no denying it any longer: Spalletti has a team that can contend for the Champions League and wins the Scudetto.

He is also aware of it. He almost unwillingly confessed, This evening we made some plays that were absolutely delightful to witness, toward the end of his post-match press conference in Amsterdam. Maradona himself would have been pleased with us. It would be wonderful to imagine that Cruyff and San Diego will be watching on Wednesday night. The hipsters will undoubtedly be. Considering that there isn’t a greater footballing team in Europe right now.

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Salman Shaikh
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