Inter vs. NapoliBy: Neil | December 8th, 2012
Big question: did Napoli learn anything from the loss to Juve earlier in the season? That day the team executed Mazzarri’s game plan well enough, but the approach was too cautious and Napoli had a very thin hold on a point before two second half goals gave Juve a deserved win. On Sunday Napoli heads north once more, this time facing 3rd place Inter who no doubt have their eyes on 2nd. Like Juventus it won’t be a season defining game, but it will be another high pressure road game against a massive club. Napoli won’t be able to play the same way as they did at home to Pescara last week, but I would like to see do more than try to sneak the odd goal on the counter. They have to press and if they sit back and absorb it will be an invitation for Inter to attack repeatedly.
Mazzarri’s team is pretty much set.
De Sanctis – Gamberini, Canna, Britos – Mesto, Inler, Behrami, Zuniga – Hamsik – Cavani, Insigne
This is Mazzarri’s preferred starting 11 for the moment with Mesto actually favoured over Maggio. I don’t why but Superbyke’s form has dipped a little and it opened the door for Mesto to get a run of games in. Either way I have faith in both players for big games.
Napoli conceded 3 goals at home to PSV in midweek and while a poor game from Rosati made it easy for PSV they still proved that the Napoli defence can be stretched by a front 3. Look for Mesto and Zuniga to play more defensively early on and once Inter’s attacking player are (hopefully) nullified the wingbacks can start to press forward.
To be honest I have no idea what will happen; the uncertainty is what makes sports so exciting. I would be happy with a draw but last season Napoli was good enough to go to the San Siro and pull out a win over Inter.
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