Ends 1-1, once for each side. Without Lobotka (another muscle stop) the light goes out. In the second half, they ran twice
Napoli 04/18/2022 – Serie A Championship / Napoli-Rome / Sport picture in the photo: Calido Coulibaly-Brian Crisanti
Napoli’s Scudetto dream fades when the fourth official raises the electronic board indicating eight minutes of recovery. Spalletti’s team had been panting for a while. This time Roma are putting their chance at the feet of El Shaarawy, who has long scored two goals in Napoli. The little pharaoh is not wrong: 1-1. Spalletti had already hid in his territory, even with the change of Insigne-Joan Jesus.
It is difficult to say that this is not the correct conclusion. The first half is from Naples and the second is from Rome. Maybe Napoli should think about sports training and the many muscle injuries (Lobotka today). Roma is a strong team, not only against salmon. In less than a year, Mourinho has transformed a team in disarray into one that does not lose from the foolish comeback that Juventus suffered. It’s not Mourinho by chance.
When returning the tape, Spalletti must be recognized for resisting the populist wave Mertens wanted in the center of attack, as if we had not conceded two goals against Fiorentina with him on the pitch. One that doesn’t deserve one, Spalletti knows this well: a fan is a fan and a coach is a coach and is judged based on his choices. Driss goes to the bench and enters the 83rd place with a standing ovation from the crowd, and Napoli is still ahead. Only for Osmen. This is the change that will be discussed in the week.
But Spalletti is preparing for the match well. At least for the first 45 minutes. Finally, the coach from Certaldo deployed Lozano to the right and conveyed the key word to the team: the vertical. It is also Mourinho’s unclassified password. “They stole the idea from us,” the genius of Bessola would have said.
Lobotka is back in possession of the midfield baton but at the start of the second half not even magic can do anything against injuring the myriad muscles at Napoli, a true black hole this season.
Napoli plays the first 25 minutes at a very high pace. Find the vertical on Ussimine and Lozano, and press the encirclement once Roma wins the ball. Roma that takes a long time to be able to beat the midfield.
An inevitable pass to referee Di Bello by far the worst on the field. two episodes. The first is the penalty kick for Napoli. Network. Committed in the sixth minute on Lozano, caught by Lobotka perfectly. Ibanez falls to the Mexican. Only the referee does not see it. Being summoned by Var, he must even watch and relate to the event, eventually convincing himself. Insigne kicks and scores after five minutes of error. Nice solid by Insigne who accepts the shirt, logo, and everything.
the second episode. Coulibaly slipped into the center of the field. The Senegalese hit the ball clearly. At one point it could have been an applause. Today in Italy with this judgment a mistake and a warning. Don’t call it football anymore, it’s become another sport. There will be others too, we stop here.
Rome does little. He hits the crossbar in an Oliveira free kick shot by Osimene, for the rest of some counter-attacks hitting Coulibaly or Ali Rahmani in a dip.
But in the second half, it was a whole other story. Mourinho returns with Mkhitaryan instead of Cristante. Napoli without Lobotka (Zelensky in his place) is a team without a driver, while Roma is growing. They pop up on all sides, as if they had a motorbike in their legs.
At 60, a cross from Karsdorp offers Abraham the ball with the phrase “Just Pay”. If that does not happen, then it is likely that at that moment the Englishman will have a woolly look and curl the ball to make it as harmless as possible and be able to commit a single-fault in front of goal. It’s Roma’s best moment equal with a header from Mancini and with Pellegrini as Mario Rui (excellent) removes a penalty from the board.
Naples is fading more and more. It is built around Coulibaly looming more and more as the minutes pass. In the end, Zaniolo gets hurt alone. The hope is that it’s nothing serious. Before Shaarawy concludes the championship match.