Napoli continued their journey to the championship smoothly with Victor Osimen’s multi-goal and Hvica Kvarachhelia’s penalty kick (PK) scoring a complete victory. Kim Min-jae started and took the lead in a ‘zero score’ victory based on stable defense.
Napoli won 3-0 in an away game in the 21st round of Italian Serie A in the 2022-2023 season against Spezia held at Stadio Alberto Pico in La Spezia, Italy at 8:30 pm (Korean time) on the 5th.
Napoli, who won that day, kept its first place (18 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss, 56 points) while continuing its 5-game winning streak. In particular, while playing one more game than second-placed Inter Milan (13 wins, 1 draw, 6 losses, 40 points), the gap widened to more than 5 games. He also succeeded in winning three consecutive victories against Spezia.
On this day, Kim Min-jae showed stable defense while working with Amir Rahmani. In particular, he caused a crisis by making a pass miss, but he cut off all of Spezia’s attacks by showing his new Kurt skills while not losing concentration.
While Napoli has firmly maintained its lead, the probability of winning has risen to 98.76% (based on ‘Opta’, a sports statistics media outlet). However, even with the possibility of winning the Scudetto for the first time in 33 years, he did not feel relieved and devoted all his energy to the goal of continuing the trend.
Coach Luciano Spalletti (Italy) said, “It is not easy to think that Spezia are at the bottom of the table. I think they will do their best to avoid relegation. We have to concentrate and fight for a minute,” he said, promising victory.
In fact, coach Spalletti showed a strong will to win by bringing out the best eleven without rotation. The formation has always been in a 4-3-3 formation. At the forefront, Kvarachhelia, Osimen, and Irving Lozano formed an attacking triangle.
The midfield consisted of Piotr Zielinski, Stanislav Lobotka and Andre-Frank Jambo Angusha. The back four line was formed by Mario Rui and Di Lorenzo on the left and right, with Kim Min-jae and Amir Rahmani at the center. The goal was guarded by Alex Meret.
As expected, Napoli took the lead in the early game and took it easy. However, Spezia pushed up in a fierce counterattack and opened fire first. After stealing the ball near the half-line in the 3rd minute of the first half, they launched a counterattack, and Kevin Agudello broke through to the front of the box and attempted a shot, but it went over the goal.
Napoli, who passed the crisis once, continued to possess the ball and attack. In the 11th minute of the first half, in a corner kick situation, Di Lorenzo’s header shot slightly missed the goal. Six minutes later, Zielinski’s low mid-range shot went straight to goalkeeper Bartłomiay Drongowski.
Napoli continued to drive in the middle and second half of the first half. Hui’s sharp early cross and Kvaratsuhelia’s reckless breakthrough created opportunities. However, it was not possible to break through Spezia’s solid defense wall. As a result, even after hitting 7 shots during the first half, the score was 0-0 with only 1 shot on target.
Coach Spalletti chose a change at halftime to change the frustrating flow. He took out Rossano and put in Matteo Politano, which worked. At the start of the second half, in the process of pressing Politano to take possession, Arcadius Leca committed a handball foul and got a PK, and Kvarachhelia, who started as a kicker, finished calmly.
Napoli widened the gap further. In the 23rd minute of the second half, Ethan Ampadu made a mistake in the process of clearing the ball and the ball floated in the box.
Continuing the flow 안전놀이터, Napoli virtually confirmed the victory. In the 28th minute of the second half, Robotka induced an error by Mattia Caldara in the process of forward pressure, and Osimen shook the net as he lightly pushed the pass given by Kvarachhelia, who intercepted the ball.
Afterwards, coach Spalletti took a lot of substitutions to arrange his stamina. In the 29th minute of the second half, Louis and Kvarachhelia were removed and Matthias Oliveira and Tanguy Ndombele were put in. Spezia also launched a final counterattack through changes. There was no change in the score in the remaining time, and the match ended with Napoli winning 3-0.