After a very good game against Lazio, Napoli will play against AC Milan, a clear pretender for the title. With a star coach, Carlo Ancelotti, who came to replace Maurizio Sarri (departed to Chelsea), Napoli is ahead of the second test of the championship, so far. And this only after two stages. Napoli has strengthened his team with David Ospina, Arsenal’s goalkeeper, who came to Italy for a season, on loan. Without big players in the squad, Napoli was remarkable as a solid team. Undoubtedly, the match against Milan will be hard for Ancelotti’s boys.
If we look at the statistics, Milan has not managed to beat Napoli since 2015. The last seven games between the two saw 5 Napoli wins and two draws. On the other hand, Napoli has not lost at home with Milan for eight years. Considering the enormous stake, Stadio San Paolo will play with the house closed.
For AC Milan this is the first match in the current championship. The Rossoneri has strengthened the team with enough players, but have not signed any fabulous contract (like Juventus with Ronaldo). Milan’s most expensive transfer was Mattia Caldara (coming for €35m from Juventus). In the line of attack, the only real striker is Gonzalo Higuain, also coming from Juve, a loan for a year.
It remains to be seen if Gennaro Gattuso’s boys will be able to cope with the pressure on San Paolo and finish this derby with a favourable result.