On Friday, January 13th, in Seria A Napoli defeated Juventus 5-1 in the top-of-the-table clash. Napoli's Victor Osimhen scored two goals with Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Amir Rrahmani and Eljif Elmas providing the other goals. Angel Di Maria the world cup winner scored Juventus' only goal. The victory was Napoli's third consecutive unbeaten match against Juventus and also extended their lead at the top of the standings to 10 points.
The top of the table Seria A clash which was played before a full crowd at Diego Armando Maradona stadium was an historic moment for Napoli, as the club opened up a 10-point lead in the Serie A title race.
Let's get down to some analysis and talking points of the top of the table clash in Seria A.
Napoli's Complete Performance
Napoli put on a complete performance in their 5-1 victory over Juventus on Friday night. Despite having only 60% possession, Napoli had 14 shots, 10 of which were on target. Stanislav Lobotka completed more passes alone than Juventus’ midfield three combined, and they capitalized on this by going ahead in the 14th minute through Victor Osimhen's header. Victor Osimhen's is a striker in form and is seems the most possible he is the striker to led Napoli to their first Seria A trophy since 1989/1990 season. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia scored 1 goal and provided 2 assists in the match, while Victor Osimhen scored 2 goals. Amir Rrahmani and Eljif Elmas each scored 1 goal, and the victory extended Napoli's lead at the top of the standings to 10 points.
Juventus New Formation Struggled
Juventus, who had not conceded a goal in over 750 league minutes before the match, were unable to find their rhythm with their new formation. Massimiliano Allegri's men had only 2 shots in the match, and it was Angel Di Maria who scored their only goal in the 42nd minute. Despite Di Maria's individual effort, the team could not seem to find their feet and the 5-1 scoreline was a fair reflection of the match. Napoli's victory snapped Juventus' eight-match winning streak in Serie A and sent a warning to any would-be contenders.
Napoli Seria A to Lose in 22/23 Season
Luciano Spalletti, the Napoli coach, stated, "It doesn't take much for things to change." But his squad never ceases to impress him. They have dealt with injuries to Amir Rrahmani, Andre-Frank Anguissa, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, and Victor Osimhen while winning away matches against Milan, Roma, and Atalanta.
Allegri noted, "Napoli have only lost four points. No one will win the league this season with fewer than 90 points, as they may end the first half of the season with 53 points.
Perhaps the 102 goals in Serie A that Antonio Conte scored in his final season at Juventus before becoming Italy's manager in 2013–14 are in risk.
Napoli is outperforming their xG according to advanced measures, yet they are still in first place in Serie A overall. The season 22/23 can be Napoli year for winning the Scudetto in the Diego Armando Maradona stadium.
Seria A: Napoli vs Juventus Stats
Juventus Seria A 2023 Stats
Napoli Football Stats
|Last 5 Matches||3 Draws, 1 Win, 1 Loss|
|Shots per Game||13.2|
|Shots on Target per Game||4.2|
As how last year Seria A went down to the wire. For the year 2023 can be the same with how Seria A will go down to the wire. For more football insights check the guide here.
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