Napoli Player Ratings vs Fiorentina: Painful Blow for Defending Champions

Just when Napoli seemed to be finding their rhythm, it all came undone when they hosted Fiorentina at the Maradona Stadium. Josip Brekalo opened the scoring for the hosts but Victor Osimhen pounced on a howler from Fabiano Parisi to win and convert a spot kick. In the second period, Jack Bonaventura restored the Tuscans’ lead and Nicolas Gonzalez came off the bench to seal a famous Viola victory with an injury-time strike. So here are our ratings for Napoli who succumbed to a 1-3 home defeat at the hands of their visitors Fiorentina.

Napoli (4-3-3)

Alex Meret – 5.5

The Italian could do little about the second and third goals but allowed the opener to pass between his legs from the tightest of angles.

Giovanni Di Lorenzo – 5.5

The Napoli captain had a below-par display by his own standards. He was one of the main culprits on the first goal. His attacking contribution was also limited.

Leo Ostigard – 6

The former Brighton man didn’t disgrace himself at the back, but he still has to work on his passing.

Natan – 6.5

Despite the three goals, the Brazilian defender was arguably the best Napoli player on the pitch. Got the better of M’Bala Nzola in their personal duel, making several crucial interceptions.

Mathias Olivera – 6

A decent display from the Uruguayan who trotted up and down the left flank and made himself available on both ends of the field.

André-Frank Zambo Anguissa – 5.5

The Cameroonian only lasted on the pitch for 30 minutes before sustaining what appeared to be a muscular injury in the hamstring. Couldn’t truly assert his authority over the middle of the park, as Fiorentina were obviously the better side in the first half hour.

Stanislav Lobotka – 6

The Slovakian often found himself under pressure and unable to pull the strings in midfield. But still made some impressive solo runs, including one that culminated with a shot on target.

Piotr Zielinski – 5

This was one of the poorest displays from the former Udinese man in recent memory as his passing was uncharacteristically off the mark.

Matteo Politano – 5.5

A forgettable outing from the right winger who saw little of the ball before being hauled off just before the hour mark much to his dismay.

Victor Osimhen – 6.5

Despite being isolated, the Nigerian is a predator who was also ready to pounce on every mistake at the back from Fiorentina. Won and converted the spot kick in the first half, making the best out of a Parisi blunder. But on the second occasion, Pietro Terracciano won the one-on-one.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia – 6

The Napoli star showcased some glimpses of magic, but it feels that Rudi Garcia’s tactical system isn’t helping him strive. Set up Gaetano with a lovely ball after switching to the right wing.


Giacomo Raspadori – 5.5

The Italian forward entered the pitch after 30 minutes but his presence was hardly felt. Tried to pick up Simeone in the box but his pass was too weak.

Jens Cajuste – 5

A forgettable cameo from the Napoli summer signing who should have passed the ball to Osimhen instead of going for goal himself. Tracked back in a desperate attempt to save the day on the third Fiorentina goal but ended up playing Gonzalez onside.

Jesper Lindstrom – N/A

Giovanni Simeone – N/A

Gianluca Gaetano – N/A

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