At Al-Awwal Stadium in Riyadh, Napoli and Inter locked horns in the Italian Super Cup final. The Nerazzurri had the upper hand from the get-go, and Giovanni Simeone’s needless dismissal made life comprehensively more difficult for the Partenopei. Walter Mazzarri’s men tried to withstand the onslaught and almost managed to reach the penalty shootouts, but an added-time winner from Lautaro Martinez put their resistance to bed. So here are our player ratings for Napoli who missed out on the Supercoppa Italiana with a 0-1 defeat to Inter.
Pierluigi Gollini – 6.5
The former Verona goalkeeper was arguably the best Napoli player on the pitch, making a host of impressive saves, but could do little about Lautaro’s last-gasp winner.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo – 6
The Napoli captain was enjoying a solid outing, starting as part of the back-three before moving to the right wingback role. Made several vital interventions, but will be disappointed with himself for losing track of Martinez ahead of the winner.
Amir Rrahmani – 6.5
A solid display at the back from the Kosovo international who seems to be thriving in his new role at the heart of the back-three. Won most of his duels against Marcus Thuram and Lautaro.
Juan Jesus – 6
The former Inter man put his heart and soul into it, but it just wasn’t enough to salvage the result.
Alessio Zerbin – 6
The young Italian was always unlikely to replicate his semi-final brace against the Nerazzurri. He was largely ineffective in the attacking phase but did well to limit Federico Dimarco’s danger.
Stanislav Lobotka – 6.5
The Slovakian is renowned for his playmaking skills, but this time, he put up a labored display. He did particularly well in the intriguing duel against his counterpart Hakan Calhanoglu.
Jens Cajuste – 5.5
The Swede’s performances are gradually improving, but he was still second-best to the likes of Barella and Mkhitaryan.
Pasquale Mazzocchi – 6
The new Napoli signing served on the left flank this time and put on a decent shift that ended with a cramp in the final stretch of the match. Offered important contributions on both phases of the game.
Matteo Politano – 5
A largely unanimous display from the Italy international who found little joy against Francesco Acerbi.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia – 6
The Georgian showed glimpses of his genius, but couldn’t quite threaten Yann Sommer. Simeone’s dismissal prompted his premature exit as Napoli were seeking more men at the back.
Giovanni Simeone – 4
The Argentine spent the first half mostly isolated before deciding to force his way into the action in the second period, which proved to be his bane. Earned back-to-back bookings that left Napoli with a man down for more than half an hour of play.
Leo Ostigard – 6
A decent display at the back from the Norwegian who was introduced to help his teammates absorb Inter’s pressure.
Jesper Lindstrom – 5
The Dane lost possession too many times while trying to dribble past his marker to no avail.
Gianluca Gaetano – 5.5
The Italian midfielder saw little of the ball with Napoli pinned back due to their numerical disadvantage. Earned a well-deserved yellow card for a rash challenge on Calhanoglu.
Mario Rui – N/A
Giacomo Raspadori – N/A
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