Roma suffers a burning home defeat against a very inspired Napoli. The Partenopei outperformed the giallorossi in midfield.
Napoli confirms to be a great side, the favorite to win the 2017-18 Italian title. Maurizio Sarri’s tactical scheme has been completely absorbed by his player which are showcasing a great physical shape and effective strategies on the filed.
Roma needs to work hard to get to that level. Eusebio Di Francesco is doing well so far but his guys need to develop their offensive plans better keeping tight lines and improving the flow of the ball.
Today’s stats are confirming Napoli’s predominance on the field, highlighting that the left sideband made the difference. The Partenopei pushed hard from that side of the field thanks to Ghoulam’s endurance, Insigne’s creativity, and Hamsik’s support. Bruno Peres has been completely dazed from them while Florenzi couldn’t support Roma’s offensive phase because he was always busy to help his teammate defensively.
56% of Napoli’s attacks came from the left side while only 21% from the right, a zone where Callejon took care of Kolarov. It’s interesting to see that albeit Insigne and Ghoulam brake through Roma’s right defensive side quite often, Napoli’s shot 56% of the time form the center and only 25% from the left side. Moreover, Sarri’s guys showed off a great confidence in playing the ball rapidly while in the attacking third. This is the reason why the Insigne and Mertens shot on goal predominantly from within the 18 yards box (63%). On the other side, Roma didn’t have the same ability to create several dangerous opportunities and 50% of the times Dzeko and Co. decided to shot from outside the box.
It was impressive Napoli’s ability to manage the ball throughout the match. Sarri’s crew made 611 short passes, while Roma only 443. The overall count of passages in the match is 545 for the Lupi vs 689 for the Partenopei. Insigne & Co. made 16 shots on goal scoring just one time for a 6% conversion rate.
Insigne was definitely the MVP of the match. The 26-year-old striker got an overall rating of 8.39 having shot on goal 6 times, and having successfully made 92% of the passages within the regular 90 minutes of the game.
The giallorossi played a poor game but Alexandar Kolarov got the best rating for the Lupi (7.3). The Serbian star covered his side of competence properly limiting Callejon’s offensive dangerousness. A few opportunities for the Lupi were triggered form that side of the field where, especially in the second-half, Perotti performed better engaging in personal duels with Hysaj.