Serie A Club of the Round – Napoli


Milan and Napoli were the most impressive teams in this round and the Partenopei, who scored more goals and did it on the road against a better opponent, get the coveted weekly award.

The Azzurri had very uncharacteristically failed to score in three of the previous four games, all ending in a nil-nil tie, so their offence had something to prove on Sunday and they certainly succeeded there as the Parma match was never in doubt and they bagged four goals.

As expected, despite a late push by Adam Ounas, Carlo Ancelotti chose Dries Mertens to replace the suspended Lorenzo Insigne up front and confirmed the duo of fullbacks that he has been using a lot in Serie A recently, Kevin Malcuit on the right flank and Elseid Hysaj on the left one.

The Azzurri commenced pulling the strings right away and smothered the Ducali with their overwhelming possession. Dries Mertens and José Callejon created the first two chances, the first one slaloming through opponents on the right-hand portion of the box, the other with a genius flying touch for Arkadiusz Milik, who was a little late on that.

The goal punctually arrived 19 minutes into the contest, as Hysaj and Piot Zielinski beautifully interplayed on the left wing and the Polish midfielder duped Luigi Sepe with a daisy-cutter on the far post. The siege continued and, after Mertens half-volleyed it wide and Callejon hammered it over the bar from good position, Milik made it two-nil with a wicked free kick under the bar at the 36th minutes.

Parma put up more of a fight after a tactical switch to 3-4-3 in the second half, but Alex Meret saved Gervinho’s only good attempt of the match. The Crociati basically gave away the third goal at the 73rd minute, as Jonathan Biabiany fed Milik instead of a teammate in his own third and the Polish striker easily slotted it home after bamboozling Bruno Alves. Ounas put the nail in the coffin after coming on, cashing in on a great combination between Callejon and Simone Verdi and finishing with aplomb in front of the goalkeeper.

A very rich haul in the fantasy game, with Milik, Hysaj and Meret topping everybody with their seven points, followed by Ounas and Zielinski with six. The rest of the defenders piled up five thanks to the clean sheets, which gave Fabian Ruiz, Allan and Mertens two point too. Verdi grabbed two as well for his dime.

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