Napoli got their first European campaign as the Scudetto holders in 33 years off to a flying start, beating Sporting Braga 2-1 in Portugal. However, Rudi Garcia’s men produced another unconvincing display and were lucky to get away with …
Napoli manager Rudi Garcia talked to the press in the build-up to his side's trip to the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara to take on Bologna on Sunday. Despite experiencing an underwhelming start to his managerial stint at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, the Frenchman believes he has fans' support.
Stadio Renato Dall'Ara is the venue as Bologna and Napoli go head-to-head in an exciting Serie A match-up on Sunday evening. Let’s look at our match preview for this contest.
Thiago Motta is reportedly nearing a contract extension with the Rossoblù, and the announcement is expected to become official during the upcoming international break. Lawyer and agent Alessandro Canovi is perfectly sure of the coach’s regard for Bologna’s next game against Hellas Verona.
Khvicha Kvaratshkelia is struggling to get it going this season, but his slump began long before the summer and the change on the Napoli bench, which hasn’t helped. He was named the 2022/2023 MVP even though he didn’t produce in the final two months.
Only three teams have made unbeaten starts to the 2023/24 Serie A - Juventus, Inter and Lecce - as the table gradually starts taking shape. The Nerazzurri, of all, remain as favorites to dethrone Napoli and lift the Scudetto for the first time in three seasons.
The Napoli hierarchy has no doubts about Rudi Garcia despite the dissatisfactory start of the season. Director Maurizio Meluso spoke up before the win over Sporting Braga in the Champions League: “The squad feels the burden of responsibility after a clear victory last season."
Napoli survived a late drama at the famous Estadio Municipal to beat Sporting Braga 2-1 in their opening Champions League Group C opener. Partenopei's first European fixture as reigning Serie A champions in 33 years produced one of the most breathtaking finishes in the opening round.
Davide Frattesi moved from Sassuolo to Inter last summer, but Napoli tried to interfere with the Nerazzurri until he put pen to paper. The Partenopei spent part of the summer in the dark concerning Piotr Zielinski’s future. They added Jens-Lys Cajuste and tracked Gabri Veiga in the midfield.
Victor Osimhen thought about leaving Napoli to move to Saudi Arabia after drawing a mammoth offer last summer, but he ultimately decided to stay put. José Pereiro, the coach of the Nigerian national team, dished on his star: "“He can surely win the Ballon d’Or in the future."
Rudi Garcia acknowledged the subpar recent results by his team but downplayed the difficulties ahead of the Champions League clash with Real Sociedad: "“We’re fifth. We wanted to do better, but we’re only at the start of the season. In my opinion, we bungled just two halves so far."
Braga vs Napoli is next up in Champions League action as the two sides meet at Estadio Municipal de Braga on Wednesday night in Group C. It should be an interesting group since Real Madrid and Union Berlin round it off.