Napoli and Manchester City face off in a match which millions around the world will be watching to see which of Europe’s two more entertaining sides will prevail in this much anticipated Champions League Group stage rematch. Man City of course got the better of Napoli in the first match, successfully hitting the Azzurri for 2 goals as Sarri’s men at first seemed intimidated by the large stage. However, Napoli were able to get one back and rewarded viewers with the sort of entertaining match they had hoped for. This time around, Napoli will be backed by a magical San Paolo; a stadium which never disappoints to create a special atmosphere on these occasions. The Partenopei will surely want to get points out of this match which would significantly increase their chances of qualifying to the next round of Europe’s top competition. Below is the official squad list for the match:
Reina, Rafael, Sepe, Albiol, Chiriches, Ghoulam, Hysaj, Koulibaly, Maksimovic, Maggio, Mario Rui, Jorginho, Allan, Diawara, Hamsik, Rog, Zielinski, Callejon, Giaccherini, Ounas, Insigne, Mertens
Here is how the Azzurri could line up:
Reina, Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam, Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik, Callejon, Mertens, Insigne
It’s the trusted 11 we’ve come to be so familiar with. In the last match between these two sides, Sarri started Diawara and Zielinski in the midfield. Allan’s absence in favor of Zielinski was a questionable call at the time and I think that Sarri must have realized that with the form Allan is in, his energy and work rate are invaluable in these sorts of matches. Will the Azzurri be up to today’s challenge and further cement their place among Europe’s elite?