One team in command. Not only of the Serie A standings, but of the whole Italian football movement. That team is Napoli, whose strength is equal to its technique. He is surprising in Italy and in Europe, he is collecting results and compliments, the latest from Jurgen Klopp who challenged her twice in the Champions League and gave her first place in the group. How it was possible to bring such a creature to light in such a short time is not a mystery but the result of collective work (club, talent-scout, coach) who gave immediate answers. Today Napoli is the first candidate to win the Scudetto, not only for the 6 points advantage over Milan, the first pursuer of the Azzurri, but for the certainty of his strength, and consequently the fear, which he transmits to his opponents. Napoli have won against Roma, Lazio, Milan and Atalanta, that is the first of the table, but what really impresses is the level of spectacle produced each game.
REBUS SEASON. This is the first (and hopefully only) strange season of European football. It stops next Sunday (after also the midweek shift) and resumes from us on January 4th, 40 days later. In between there is a World Cup that already in this first part is affecting the recovery of several players, it is impossible to imagine what will happen at the beginning of 2023, when there are still 23 days to go. Meanwhile iNapoli is ahead of everyone, they win even without their best player Kvaratskhelia (and Spalletti, for whom the group is sacred, immediately underlined the absence of the Georgian in the post-victory in Bergamo, so as to send a clear message to the players: the team is stronger than any of its champions).
WHO DO YOU COMPETE? The question we will have to ask ourselves from January 4th onwards is: which team can reach the level of Napoli in that second part of the season? Milan will be the first rival. He has a lot (but not everything) to worry Spalletti. Above all, he has players to fully raise like De Ketelaere And Origin, an attacking midfielder so far off and a long-time striker stopped due to injury. Here you are, a real difference between Napoli and almost all the others is linked to the physical condition: Spalletti has never had players injured for a long time, his colleagues have. But even in this case, to give a less uncertain answer, we have to wait for the end of the World Cup and understand how the veterans from Qatar will return. Lazio and Atalanta, now side by side in third position, have the game but not the equipment of Napoli. Sarri has shown that he can lead a team also by forcing (and in part violating) his principles, he won the derby with the defense. Indeed, moreover, in the derby his defense, his defensive system, has reached the highest point, has clearly prevailed on the attack of Rome, but also on the offensive phase of Lazio itself. They defended the forwards, the midfielders and of course the defenders, in this season only Barcelona, in the top 5 European leagues, have left their clean sheet more times than the Lazio one (11 to 8). The same capacity for … transformation has been demonstrated by Gasperini since August. Atalanta is less aggressive, less aggressive, perhaps less offensive, but the balance achieved is strong.
JUVE AND INTER. Roma without Dybala is a team firm on itself. Zaniolo and Abraham should turn it on, but both of them have problems, for Zaniolo it is discontinuity (he does one good and two bad), for the Englishman it is a very personal scoring crisis (and Belotti, his reserve, ditto). Juve and Inter remain and are playing a separate championship, a championship to chase each other. Inter, which had to redeem themselves, is today -11 from Napoli. He did well in the Champions League and he is doing badly in the league. Last night to beat it, an orderly Juve was enough and always attached to the game. Chiesa and Di Maria returned and, thanks to their aggressiveness and quality, the difference between the first Juve and the last Juve was immediately perceived.. Not that Allegri has solved his problems, but he is around this team a new wind. Chiesa, Di Maria and Vlahovic, then once Pogba will also return, then you can understand what Juve 2022-23 is really made of. Yes, but about 2023, after the World Cup, no one can know anything.