Genoa-Napoli 2-1, the former Pandev punishes a casual defense twice. Gattuso on the grill-

Napoli builds, Genoa hits. Ballardini’s team only goes there twice per shot, with Pandev, the great ex. And it wins, convinces. M.Gattuso is in trouble, already after 45 minutes of play. Politano’s goal ten minutes from the end, during the last and frenzied assault of the Neapolitans, he is alone an illusion.

The blue coach has been on the grid for a month. But now he has to work overtime to keep still a bench that inevitably continues to shake, on the eve of two fundamental challenges against Atalanta and Juventus. Seven defeats (they become nine by counting those in the cup) are too many, while allowing the mitigation of absences, the team seems to have lost the sense of position on the field (“a matter of posture”, says Gattuso) but also the mental strength. Napoli produces a lot, and in terms of play it also takes a step forward compared to Wednesday’s match, but remains a victim of its own mistakes. “We pay dearly for them – admits Gattuso – but we can not help but look forward. There is regret and the situation is certainly not easy. Once again we are there hurt yourself with mundane distractions. You have to stay calm, there are many matches and keep working ».

Also finds on its way so impervious Perin in excellent health, and it is the Genoa goalkeeper who directs the start of the match opposing first Zielinski and then Lozano. Petagna does his (hits the crossbar) but that’s not enough. At the beginning of the second half Gattuso inserts Insigne (hits the post) and Osimhen, the pressure becomes more insistent. But Genoa has now taken the measures, pull out your muscles. Maintains solidity. Last thrill, a suspicious foul in the area by Scamacca on Mario Rui, who claims a penalty but takes the yellow.

Genoa celebrates the wake of 17 points in eight races: the new life with Ballardini who has transferred conviction and lightheartedness to the team. “The serenity is conquered with the daily – says the coach – the results then help”.

The danger zone of the ranking is distant, and it is already a lot. Napoli does not leave fifth place, they go home with great regret.

February 6, 2021 (change February 6, 2021 | 23:29)


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