The troubled AZ managed to take away a result from Napoli against all odds. After 94 minutes of hard work in San Paolo, a very good 1-0 victory was dragged out of the fire. FootballPrimeur draws up a report of the combative team of trainer Arne Slot.
Marco Bizot – 7: Against Sparta, AZ’s regular goalkeeper made a horribly bad turn, but Bizot recovered in Naples. He directed his defense where necessary, made a reliable impression and most importantly: the Orange-international did not concede a goal.
Jonas Svensson – 7: Svensson played an inconspicuous match for a long time, until after an hour he provided the assist on De Wit’s 1-0 with a flawless pull-back ball from the back line. The Norwegian was an important part of an attack from the book and also succeeded in not allowing Hirving Lozano to enter the game. Well done.
Pantelis Hatzidiakos – 6: The Greek was not the most stable factor in AZ’s defense. In the first half he committed a foul that was just not punished by the Italian attacking duo Mertens-Osimhen. Fortunately for the Alkmaarders, he was accompanied by a rock-solid companion in the center.
Bruno Martins Indi – 8: With that rock-solid stopper is obviously meant Martins Indi. Slot previously announced that he was very happy with the experience of the left leg and he also held his own against Napoli. The feared offensive line of the Italians was kept in check.
Owen Wijndal – 6.5: Together with the fresh and fruity playing Karlsson Wijndal manned the left flank. He was a lot less threatening than his Swedish co-player, but made sure that he was put in position every now and then. The chemistry between the two has yet to grow.
Fredrik Midtsjö – 6.5: Normally every AZ attack starts in the Norwegian engine room called Fredrik Midtsjö. Given that Slot’s formation acted a lot more defensively than usual, it was only logical that the playmaker appeared less often in the play this time.
Calvin Stengs – 6: Stengs is by nature a wing attacker, but was drawn up as number ten in San Paolo because De Wit was in the point of the attack. The 21-year-old stylist from Nieuw-Vennep was not very successful there and could not really express his actions. We prefer to see him hanging on the right side.
Teun Koopmeiners – 7: Just like fellow midfielder Midtsjö, the AZ captain did not get much of the ball. Still, he made himself very useful every now and then by setting up the organization and defending Napoli’s set pieces. This surprisingly good result also belongs to Koopmeiners.
Yukinari Sugawara – 6.5: Not Stengs, but the cheerful Sugawara played as a winger in Italy and had to bring running power and speed there. The Japanese did what was asked of him and brought nothing more.
Dani de Wit – 7.5: As a direct opponent of bears like Nikola Maksimovic and Kalidou Koulibaly, occasional striker De Wit had a difficult time for a long time, but after almost an hour of play, he was the one who gave the ball the last push over the line and with that did what he had to do as attack leader: score . The hardworking De Wit deserves a good pass.
Jesper Karlsson – 7: The successor to Oussama Idrissi is a real hand tie. The Swedish youth international was not at all impressed by the circumstances and the opponent and continued to use his actions. Despite a low return, Karlsson’s intentions were commendable.
Ramon Leeuwin – x: came in for Fredrik Midtsjö after 88 minutes and played too short to qualify for a review.
Albert Gudmundsson – x: fell in for Jesper Karlsson after 88 minutes and played too short to qualify for a review.
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