Deafening whistles, the team that greets and comes out with its head down: la final scene al San Paolo is the photography perfect of the evening of Naples, which fails to redeem itself after the most difficult week of the era De Laurentiis and does not go beyond a disappointing draw with the Genoa. A point that arrives after a game played badly, without determination, by a team download and evidently conditioning from everything that happened in the past few days. It will be a long and complicated stop for Ancelotti: will have to put the pieces back together to try to straighten out a season that is really getting complicated.
It is played in the indifference of the fans, in a surreal atmosphere where there are just over twenty thousand spectators and where the buzz of disapproval with i whistles. Ancelotti must also renounce to Milik, stopped by an indisposition a few hours after the game, and relies on attack a Mertens is Lozano, between the posts there is Ospina. Thiago Motta instead he chooses 4-3-3, goes off Agudelo in the trident with Pandev is Pinamonti and relies on the wise direction of Schone. And throughout the first half he manages to keep up with a Napoli evidently conditioned by the very heavy week: in 45 minutes the Azzurri make only one shot on goal, from outside with Zielinski, upon which Radu it is not surprising. For the rest, a subdued dribble, without gear changes, it is foreseeable that, after a goal canceled a Insigne for offside of Lozano, produces only a good opportunity for an area not exploited by the Mexican attacker, another shot from outside Zielinski and a protest by Callejon for an area contact with pajac.
Genoa close to the blow
We expect a Naples more load in the second half but is instead the Genoa to come back more relaxed and more casual. Pandev scares a Ospina with a nice left to turn, Hysaj is forced to oppose a conclusion of Pinamonti, it does the same Koulibaly on the line a little later always on the rossoblu striker. He struggles to build the Naples, it is slow, predictable and quite firm on the legs. Ancelotti tries with Llorente is Elmas for Callejon is Insigne, but the moves practically do not bear fruit. Only a central and weak shot of Fabian Ruiz, a protest for a touch of arm in the area on a free kick Mertens and a nice header from Elmas which forces the miracle Radu. It easily manages the Genoa, leaning on the verve of Agudelo is Cassata, all the time Pandev (for him the only applause of the San Paolo). Thiago Motta takes away a deserved point, the Naples comes out of the whistles.
Napoli-Genoa 0-0: match report and statistics