Super detailed update, a great read. Some tough results but I know you'll bounce back
October - Battle For First
Verona vs Napoli
Napoli vs Inter Milan
Real Madrid vs Napoli
Sampdoria vs Napoli
Napoli vs Avellino
Alvarez Balanta has put in a great string of performances for his side, Napoli. So it was a big shock when the South American didn't feature against Verona. One of the few smaller sides in the Serie A to actually trouble this well pieced Napoli side.
Albiol took the Colombian's place next to Jesus and performed out of his skin. It was as if he was Napoli born and bred. Playing for every ball, making every tackle. A little like his teammate Hamsik, further up the field. Raul got his reward for his fine display early on when he nodded in a cross from his Slovak leader.
That one Slovak leader also got his just deserts when he was played in by his partner in crime Nicusor Stanciu. Marek hammered the ball from 18yrds out and it hit the back of the net which made the score 2-0 to Napoli.
Hamsik seemed to be leading by example. A switch of places for him and Stanciu in the second half. Hamsik, owed the ever prospering Romanian and repaid him with a delicious pass through the Verona defense which he pounced on and made sure the ball would hit the net. Napoli went on to win the game 3-0.
The biggest game of the Serie A so far has to be this next one. Napoli vs Inter Milan. LAst year, Milan failed to overcome their big rivals Napoli but this year they finally got what they were looking for in a tight game against the Partenopei.
there was only one goal scored throughout the entire 90 minutes of football played. This goal came from an unlikely source in Inter's attacking midfielder, Ricardo Alvarez. Longo and Alvarez played a quick one two with one another, as the ball was travelling to Longo, Alvarez made a quick run into space and was put in by his team mates brilliant first touch. He was now behind enemy lines and he smashed it hard and true into the bottom right, to win the game late.
Now for one of the most important game Napoli would have in this years Champions League. It was do, or pretty much die here against Real Madrid. At the Santiago Bernabeu, no one gave Napoli a chance, but they put in the performance worthy of a Champions League Winners Medal. Well...The attack did.
Gareth Bale scored the first goal of the game which sent the entire stadium into raptures after total dominance from the Italians. The goal was well appreciated, but the Madrid fans were soon left feeling blue when Juan Jesus connected well with Insigne's corner ball into the Real Madrid box.
Even more so, when Mertens took the ball past Carvajal and crossed into Higuain who directed the ball past Casillas to take the lead in the 80th minute.
Napoli missed out on their precious three points though, as Frans Sol, and unknown Madrid youth star scored the equalizer in the 88th minute. Napoli were as good as out of the Champions League now.
Napoli got on their way back to Italy after the disappointment of the Real Madrid game, but they didn't sit and mope around. They rallied round, kept their heads held high and went into the last two matches of the month with fire in their bellies.
Sampdoria would succumb to a demolishing at their own home. Inler doesn't score many, but he scored twice today in this terrific win for Baggio's side. He opened up the game with a goal from the spot which was tucked neatly between the keepers hands and the right post.
He scored again two minutes after his first when Mertens touched down a long ball on the touchline, and pulled the ball back to the tireless midfielder who slotted it into a empty net.
The third goal came from absolute brilliance. Casteels punted the ball long up the field and Moura ran onto the ball, touching it ever so slightly away from the Sampdoria left back whilst controlling the ball at the same time. He ran on a little further, took on another player and drilled it into Higuain who scored to make the score 3-0 before half time.
Napoli ended the route on 60 minutes. Mertens got his team's fourth goal of the game when Moura shot right at the keeper who parried the ball out to the left, where Dries was stood to place the ball into an open goal.
Avellino are a newly promoted side and have so far only managed to win two games in the nine games they have played. Both of these wins coming away to Fiorentina and at home to Roma. So Napoli should by no means be taking anything for granted here. even if they are 20th in the table.
Despite their capabilities against bigger sides, Avellino really felt the pressure here and were terrible throughout the entire game. It was as if they weren't bothered. They let Napoli run the show. The Azzurri got a goal 20 minutes in due to Ariaudo deflecting the ball into his own net from a Napoli corner.
Higuain scored twice either side of the game too. The most notable being a fantastic header from one of Mertens quite brilliant crosses. Mertens also scored in the second half, right before Avellino saw Giorgos Katidis walk off the field after collecting a second yellow card which showed just how bad of a day Avellino were having.
Thoughts On The Report
Baggio: Once again, it's not been a great month. It was quite good though, sad to drop points to Inter Milan though but we weren't good enough so I think a loss is justified. We were very unlucky against Real as well. The lads were left distraught after that late late goal but I am proud of their ability to keep their heads up and end the month on a big big high.
Hamsik: This month was all about the mental strength in the squad and I really think it showed. We were all a bit saddened to drop points so late against Madrid but to end the month the way we did was truly sensational. Even if it was just Avellino and Sampdoria. I am happy with the way we performed but we can definitely do better. Definitely. I'll be trying my hardest to rally the lads round and start tearing up the league soon. We want to win the league. So we shall win it.