Gennaro Episcopo

  • Roma also make significant more revenue than us.

    ADL has put together a competitive team that plays attractive football. That has helped us increase our revenue year by year. Could he do more? Of course but as I’m sure you know, that is a whole other complicated discussion.

  • You can’t expect us to to be as deep as a team like Juve, they have more resources than us and players that are willing to go there to sit the bench, are not willing to do the same with us. That is something that will hopefully change as we increase our revenue and become a more respected side internationally. Could we have done more to help our…[Read more]

  • I agree 100 % Players like Rog and Ounas certainly deserve to have more faith placed in them. Even Mario Rui performed well today and perhaps also demonstrated that he could have offered a hand to Ghoulam earlier. Squad rotation has always been an issue with Sarri but he’s always defended himself against criticism and insisted the squad is not…[Read more]

  • Napoli XI:
    Sepe; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Mario Rui (Maggio 66′); Zielinski (Allan 72′), Jorginho, Hamsik; Callejon (Ounas 79′), Mertens, Insigne

    Chievo XI:
    Sorrentino; Gobbi, Gamberini, Tomovic, Cacciatore; […]

    • Awful game. Maddening to watch…

      News before the game says Mertens was injured and/or unfit. Yet Sarri started him. He is running him to the ground. Callejon is also tired. Ghoulam is out so our attacking line up isn’t working anymore. All we can do is to hold the ball, and take a shot here, and a shot there hoping that the ball will some how went in. Sarri’s being stubborn and refusing to rotate is starting to cost us. True, our bench players aren’t same calibre as our starting 11 but all clubs faced this problem. How did throwing in Ounas when there’s only 10 mins left help? And Rui has barely played before starting after Ghoulam was injured. And the rest of the bench players have scrappy minutes here and there. Of course they are all rusty.

      On the bright side, we are still top of the league, but barely hanging on now.

      • I agree 100 % Players like Rog and Ounas certainly deserve to have more faith placed in them. Even Mario Rui performed well today and perhaps also demonstrated that he could have offered a hand to Ghoulam earlier. Squad rotation has always been an issue with Sarri but he’s always defended himself against criticism and insisted the squad is not tired. We’ll see if he has anything to say after today’s match.

        • He is delusional if he doesn’t think the squad is not tired. Just look at Mertens today. It’s so obvious. I will say even Hamsik is tired. And the next one to start to burn out is Inisgne who has started every single game and getting no rest. By the way, was Sarri also like that in Empoli, ie refusing to rotate?

          I think it’s clear now we have no choice but to exit Europe altogether. The squad played much better last season once we don’t have to play 2 games in a week.

    • I would have given Sepe an N/A because Chievo did not even try to score. It was pathetic.

      This has been coming. We have dropped in sharpness the last few games.

      Here my thoughts:
      1. Mertens and Callejon were absent. There is no energy but other than the unproven and still very inexperienced Ounas we have no options.

      2. Mario Rui was ok but this was a harmless opponent and in attack he did not have anything to add. Our left side looked to lack something. Strinic looked much better. But hopefully Mario Rui can work on his positioning.

      3. Our three weakest first team outfield players are Hysaj, Allan, Callejon. We needed a right back and right winger yet ADL did nothing address that. He bought Inglese. The guy is never going to play for Napoli and rightly so.

      So the question is. Is Sarri a coach that cannot handle squad rotation because in that case despite the best football he plays he useless. We cannot afford to have 3 out of 12 points in CL and have players be out of steam at the start of the season. Or is it because the bench (especially wing backs and in attack) is just too weak?

      In any case it seems hard to see how we can win the league if things continue this way. We are scoring less and less since the Roma game and our players are just too tired not just because a lack of rotation but b cause of Sarri’s tactics.

      • On (1), the irony here is that Ounas is “unproven” precisely because Sarri doesn’t rotate and played him enough. You might recall he was very promising during pre-season. He could have been a useful “vice-Callejon”. But Sarri preferred to stick with Callejon who is already pass 30 and can’t play 2 games in a week every week.

        (2) – Agree. But again, Rui has barely played and was rotting on the bench. So what to expect now he is suddenly thrown into the midst?

        (3) I disagree on the part of Allan. I don’t think Allan is a bad player. His strength is as a defensive midfielder making tackles and this he doe exceptionally well, as long as he is not played out of position.

        Don’t get me wrong. Sarri is a good coach. But his lack of rotating is hurting us and he is stubborn and refuse to learn. Ounas could have started against weaker opponents or get substantial minutes on 2H in most games when we dominated. Rog should have played more often. Zelinski was doing well earlier part of the season but Sarri insisted on Hamsik. Maksimovic was a promising defender at Torino and yet has barely played as well. Tonelli was played so little that he is basically asking for a transfer now. I can go on and on. Maggio is too old so no blame on that. Giak… I actually don’t think he is that bad. He had a good campaign in Euro 2016. Perhaps it’s the age-related decline.

        Yes, I don’t think we will win the league. No, the players are tired because Sarri doesn’t rotate, more than anything else. Most likely the season will unravel in the second half. Unless there is reinforcement but I am not putting much hope in it.

    • My argument will be that if we rotated more with what we have we would have less points. We rested Mertens against Shakhtar amd saw where that lead.

      Zielinski has been disappointing in all the games he stared. He is absent and sometimes shows flashes. Rog is the same so is Ounas. Sari sees them in training every day.

      I agree on Maksimovic and Mario Rui. They should have played more.

      But ither than that their is no depth.

      Compare to what Juve, Roma and Inter have on the bench.

      • I got your point. Starting our best 11 for most games ensure we have maximum points which is why we are top of the league. But the season is long and we will suffer later on as games piled up and our starting 11 are bound to get tired at some point. Now that our tired starting 11 have to also go for international duty, just watch that the dropping of points might accelerate after the international break. ( I wish I will be wrong and also hope Mertens can excuse himself since Belgium already qualified for world cup ).

        Yes Mertens should have started the Shakthar game but Sarri could have rested him for the Benevento game earlier. This is just wrong strategy on Sarri’s part. He opted to start Mertens against a bottom of the table opponent while starting a slow Milik against a UCL opponent.

        I think Rog, Ounas and Zelinski are better players than what you have given them credit for. Sure, they aren’t as good as our starting 11 but their only occasional flashes of brilliances was precisely because they don’t have much chance to proof themselves. Even if Sarri prefer his best starting 11, he could have sub them on earlier on instead of waiting for the last 15 to 20 mins.

        Lastly, I agree we do not have the same depth as Juve, Roma or Inter but it is ADL’s fault but Sarri could have managed it better.

    • You can’t expect us to to be as deep as a team like Juve, they have more resources than us and players that are willing to go there to sit the bench, are not willing to do the same with us. That is something that will hopefully change as we increase our revenue and become a more respected side internationally. Could we have done more to help our swuad depth? Absolutely. Should Sarri be doing more with the depth he has? Up to this point it’s been hard to criticise the man as we’ve continued to collect points. However, not rotating the squad is something that will come to haunt you later in the season and today is was painfully obvious that some players were exhausted.

      • Roma have much more depth than us not just Juve.

        What is ADL doing to increase revenue?

        • Roma also make significant more revenue than us.

          ADL has put together a competitive team that plays attractive football. That has helped us increase our revenue year by year. Could he do more? Of course but as I’m sure you know, that is a whole other complicated discussion.

          • Out revenue increase has mostly been because of TV rights. We have taken no fundamental steps to make Napoli more professional.

            Revenues increase when you build your own stadium, change your marketing effort and let professionals run the club. We have a very outdated system. It is not sustainable.

  • Decent half. We have to do better getting shots in on goal. You can see Mario Rui isn’t meshed in completely with the side but he has done well considering everything. He’ll need to improve, but there is promise there.

  • Mario Rui gets the chances to prove his worth in today’s match against Chievo in the Stadio Bentegodi. The surprising summer transfer that left many Azzurri fans talking will now have the chance to silence critics […]

    • This line up is giving my jitters….

      Anyway, Forza Napoli!

    • All the pocession and nothing to show for it. :-/

    • Decent half. We have to do better getting shots in on goal. You can see Mario Rui isn’t meshed in completely with the side but he has done well considering everything. He’ll need to improve, but there is promise there.

    • This is maddening to watch the way we played so far. Simply no ideas in front of goal. Heading for a draw perhaps or watch Chievo steal a goal against us.

  • Rumor is ACL injury to Ghoulam. That would be brutal.

  • I was impressed with our 2 matches vs Man City. They are arguably the best team in the world right now and for stretches of both matches we dominated them. In the end though, they proved themselves the better team. It’s a shame that we’ve jeopardized our champions league future because of that match in the Ukraine. I’d love to see us against some…[Read more]

  • 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 […]

  • That’s because the side has spoiled us be destroying the opposition in similar encounters. It’s a solid win ahead of an important Champions Leage match. Also, Maggio’s performance is something to feel very good about!

  • Napoli XI:
    Reina, Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam, Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik (Zielinski 68′), Callejon (Rog 75′), Mertens, Insigne (Giaccherini 79′)

    Sassuolo XI:
    Consigli, Gazzola, Cannavaro, Acerbi, Peluso, […]

    • Somehow it feels underwhelming… anyway, good to be back on top! Next is Manchester City..

      • That’s because the side has spoiled us be destroying the opposition in similar encounters. It’s a solid win ahead of an important Champions Leage match. Also, Maggio’s performance is something to feel very good about!

  • Here are some live updates via twitter:


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  • Official formations:

    Napoli (4-3-3): Reina; Maggio, Albiol, Chiriches, Ghoulam; Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik; Callejon, Mertens, Insigne

    Sassuolo (4-3-3): Consigli; Gazzola, Cannavaro, Acerbi, Peluso; Mazzitelli, Sensi, Cassata; Politano, Falcinelli, Ragusa 

    As predicted Maggio gets the start for Hysaj. Interesting to see Sarri give Koulibaly a re…[Read more]

  • Ounas in Mertens’ role is an interesting idea. I just don’t think Sarri is up for that type of experimentation in such a critical season but I think the kid could have potential there. As good as Ounas has been, he’s also lost balls at dangerous positions on the field which have lead to some counters for the opposition. I’m sure that infuriates…[Read more]

  • Napoli will host Sassuolo on Sunday as the Azzurri look to continue the run of good form that has lifted them to first place in the Serie A. Sassuolo currently sit in 15th place on 8 points but last year were able to snatch 2 draws in their matches against the Partenopei so there is no reason to underestimate this match. Already 40,000 tickets…[Read more]

  • Napoli will host Sassuolo on Sunday as the Azzurri look to continue the run of good form that has lifted them to first place in the Serie A. Sassuolo currently sit in 15th place on 8 points but last year were able to snatch 2 draws in their matches against the Partenopei so there is no reason to underestimate this match. Already 40,000 tickets…[Read more]

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  • Hurts not to get the full 3 points today as they seem deserved yet it says a lot about the type of team you have when the second place team comes to your house and plays as defensive as Inter did today. Hadanovic is a beast. Inter will ride him and Icardi all the way to a Champions League qualification this year.

  • Napoli look to fend off Inter and solidify their 1st place position as they take on an Inter side that is two points back in second. Napoli will look to get their 9th consecutive win of the season while Inter will […]

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