Napoli left behind two weeks of controversies with Serie A and Juventus and the fear of Covid (Zielinski and Elmas remain positive) defeating an Atalanta 4-1 that came from three wins in three days, with 13 goals scored. A very clear message about the strength of the Southerners, who with Gattuso have been maintaining a level at the same level as the greats of Calcio for months.
Gasperini appeared at the San Paolo thinking about the Champions League premiere with Midtjylland, leaving out Djimsiti, Freuler, Hateboer and Muriel. Upstairs, with Gómez and Zapata, Ilicic was seen again, in the green for the first time after having disappeared since July 11 for personal reasons.
The return of the Slovenian was the only good news of the afternoon for the Bergamo, overwhelmed from the first minutes of the crash. Gattuso once again used an offensive 4-2-3-1, starting for the first time with midfielder Bakayoko, a new signing, next to Fabian.
The Neapolitan forward gave a recital that Lozano began, totally transformed from last year. The Mexican opened the can by pushing a Di Lorenzo center between sticks after a great team move. It was 23 ‘, and four minutes later the former PSV signed the 2-0 with a thread on the edge of the area. His growth, however, goes beyond goals: ‘Chucky’ is increasingly present in the Partenopean game, also when it comes to defending.
Before the break, Napoli finished off the task with a wonderful left foot from Politano and with Osimhen’s first target, that capped another great performance by beating Sportiello from outside the area. The Nigerian (who cost around 60 million) has completely changed the face of the attack of ‘Ringhio’ with his constant movement in search of depth.
In the second half, the Neapolitans slowed down without getting angry with the rival, and the only sign of life from Atalanta was the goal of honor signed by Lammers, another talent Nerazzurri that promises a lot. Gattuso, after days of tension, celebrated his team’s victory, which continues to grow and won in the three deputies games, with 12 goals scored and only one conceded. Of course, in the classification he only has 8 points left due to the punishment of the sports judge for not having traveled to Turin two weeks ago. But the end of that match is still a long way off.
Djimsiti (45 ‘, Duván Zapata), Mojica (45′, Palomino), Sam Lammers (54 ‘, Alejandro Gómez), Ghoulam (60 ‘, Politano), Malinovsky (62 ‘, Josip Ilicic), Lobotka (74′, Mertens), Kevin Malcuit (74 ‘, Bakayoko), Luis Muriel (80 ‘, Robin Gosens), Andrea Petagna (82 ‘, Victor Osimhen), Diego Demme (82 ‘, Fabian)
1-0, 22′: Hirving Lozano, 2-0, 26′: Hirving Lozano, 3-0, 29′: Politano, 4-0, 42′: Victor Osimhen, 4-1, 68′: Sam Lammers
Referee: Marco Di Bello
VAR referee: Luigi Nasca
Rafael Tolói (37 ‘, Yellow) Robin Gosens (45 ‘, Yellow) Hirving Lozano (78 ‘, Yellow) Djimsiti (80 ‘, Yellow