Napoli beat AC Milan 1-0 in the last round (Zieliński scored the assist for Eljif Elmas’ goal). In the previous three matches they scored just one point (after a 2:2 draw with Sassuolo, a 2:3 defeat by Atalanta and 0:1), which puts them four points behind leaders Inter Milan. Piotr Zieliński is in good shape, and the Polish actor has scored only five goals and five assists in league matches this season.
Spezia has not won any of his last six league games, and in 18 league games they have won only three. Arkadiusz Reca and Jakub Kiwior are only 17th in Serie A.
– We expect a tough match. It is always difficult not to have important players. Of course, you have to focus on who is available. We have to stick to our plans. I don’t know if you are satisfied with our situation or not. I think about some missing points, we could have gained more. “We can’t change the past, so the most important thing is to win the next matches,” coach Spalletti said before the match.
Napoli’s plans can be quickly implemented. Already in the second minute of the Wednesday match, Peter Zelensky made a surprising shot, but missed Spezia from several meters. The game played at an attractive pace. Two minutes later the newcomers could be up front, but Erlich misjudged after Arcadius Rica’s cross. In the 37th minute, a suicide shot from Jesus’ head made Thiago Motta’s players unexpectedly advance.
After changing sides, Napoli attacked the visitors’ goal with a storm. First, Irving Lozano missed the goal after Zielinski’s excellent pass. Moments later, the Mexican hit the net, but before that one of his teammates was offside and the goal was not recognized. And in the 58th minute, Andrea Pettagna also put the ball into the net, but this time also the referee did not recognize the kick committed by one of the hosts. The further away from the woods we got, the more Spalletti took control of the field. However, this did not change the outcome. The visitors sacrificed themselves and defended themselves against conceding a goal and priceless points on a very difficult ground, and in the end they moved away from Napoli by three points.
SSC Napoli – Spezia Calcio 0:1 (0:1)
Naples: Ospina – Di Lorenzo, Rahmani, Jesus, Rui – Lobotka, Anguisa, Politano, Zelensky, Lozano – Mertens
spices: Provedel – Amian, Erlic, Nikolaou – Gyasi, Major, Kiwior, Batons, Reca – Manaj, Agudelo
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