This match came as a surprise to many, as a lot of people at the start of the season didn’t think that this game would be Napoli’s opportunity to already go 5 points clear of second place. Both teams started off the match well defensively, as neither really had any clear cut scoring chances. However, as the game went on, Napoli, as well as Inter, had a few decent chances. However, both Handanovic and Inter´s defense did well to not let us take the lead. At the start of the second half Inter were the better side, and would have most likely taken the lead if it weren’t for Albiol being there to clear the ball off the line. Napoli then picked up the pace, and began to really put the pressure onto Inter’s defense. For the rest of the game, Napoli were the better side yet none of the front three brought their shooting boots today, and therefore it meant that all of our chances lead to nothing in the end.
Reina (6): Very quiet day today for Reina. However, he made the saves when he had to and was great in distributing the ball from the back.
Hysaj (7.5): He did great to keep Perisic pretty much completely out of the game. Also, he was good going forward and his crosses led to two of our best chances of the night.
Albiol (7): Another solid performance from Albiol tonight. Did great in helping Koulibaly keep Icardi out of the game. Not to mention, his goal line clearance saved us from going 1-0 down and potentially losing undeservedly.
Koulibaly (8.5): Another absolutely monster performance from Koulibaly. Completely kept Icardi from having the slightest impact on the game, and he was making tackles all over the field. In my opinion, he was the Man of the Match tonight.
Ghoulam (7): Like the rest of his defensive partners, Ghoulam had another solid game tonight. He was very solid defensively and continued to impress me with his ability going forward.
Hamsik (6.5): Although he struggled against Manchester City on Tuesday, tonight was a good bounce back performance for Hamsik. He did very well to get in behind Inter´s defense, and made some nice final passes that could have ended up giving us the lead.
Jorginho (6): Nothing particularly special from Jorginho tonight. He wasn’t at his best, but still good enough. Did his job in controlling the game and made some nice tackles as well.
Allan (6): Like Jorginho, this wasn’t Allan’s best game. He did well to track back and win the ball plenty, but he was a bit sloppy going forward with the ball and did lose it a fair amount.
Insigne (6.5): Even though he was injured, Insigne hit the ground running today as usual. He worked from the first minute all the way until the whistle blew to create chances. He had quite a few good scoring chances himself today, just couldn’t hit the target.
Callejon (5.5): Quiet game from Callejon today, although we tried to target him early, Nagatomo did a good job in keeping him out of the game. The injury he picked up right before halftime is concerning, as he definitively seemed to be hurting in the second half.
Mertens (5.5): He was kept out of the game tonight by Inter’s physical center backs. Only got a few good chances to score, one in which he could have passed of to Insigne that would have most likely been a goal.
Zielinski (6): Provided great energy of the bench, and was good whenever the ball came to his feet. Nearly came close to scoring, but a great save from Handanovic in the end.
Rog (6): Good substitute appearance from Rog. Won the ball back, and did well to try and create chances when he had the opportunity. He is a guy who I would love to see start some games in the future.
Ounas (6): Every time I watch Ounas play, I want to see him play more and more. The occasion didn’t scare him off at all tonight, and he nearly created a few good scoring opportunities in the little time he had. Although he may not start many games given he is behind Callejon, I would love for him to continue to get regular substitute appearances.