Naples (3-4-3): Ospina; Maksimovic, Manolas, Koulibaly; Di Lorenzo, Bakayoko, Demme, Hysaj; Politano, Lozano, Insigne. Herds Gattuso.
Atalanta (3-4-2-1): Gollini; Toloi, Romero, Djimsiti; Maehle, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Pessina, Ilicic; Zapata. All. Gasperini.
Tv: 8.45 pm, Raiuno.
He studied them all for stop Atalanta in the Italian Cup, Rino Gattuso. Which has two missions: to defend the title and preserve the bench. Once again the field will have to give strength to the Napoli coach, who has ended up in the meat grinder of criticism and media attacks. This is where he will play his chances to get out of the storm that overwhelmed him after the defeat in Verona. He arrived in the semifinals for the fourth time since training in Serie A, but the stretch towards the title passes through the double challenge with Giampiero Gasperini’s team of wonders. He already beat her in the league four months ago, but little remains of that tactical identity.
At the vertical kick that gave life to the goleada against Atalanta, Gattuso tonight replaces one team with a lower center of gravity, so as to propose himself as a mirror in the defensive phase: three men in line and the outsiders ready to retreat. Virtue of necessity, once again: closer wards e Lozano in a speedy version to rely on for goals. The Mexican, non-tenured striker, has so far made 12 and has become the positive protagonist of this turbulent period.
Gasperini, lost the second match against Lazio in the league, recovers his defensive playmaker Romero (false positive at Covid) and also the optimism: “We were thinking about the semifinal already last Sunday, we start from the 14 useful results made before the defeat and we aim to pass the round in the Cup”. He obviously doesn’t trust Napoli’s difficult moment (“It’s a strong team, on the eve I thought it was among the candidates for the Scudetto”) and defends his colleague Gattuso. «I have the highest respect for him, victories fix everything. But certainly not against us ».
De Laurentiis remains to observe the events. In the meantime he broke the silence with another tweet, this time in defense of his director Giuntoli: “Nobody wants to send him away.”
February 3, 2021 (change February 3, 2021 | 07:08)
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