Rudi Garcia suffered his first defeat as Napoli manager, succumbing to a 1-2 home defeat at the hands of Lazio. Maurizio Sarri’s men have now secured their second win at the Maradona Stadium in 2023, thus earning their first three points of the campaign. Luis Alberto broke the deadlock with a dashing backheel at the half-hour mark, but Piotr Zielinski equalized with a deflected shot. Nevertheless, Daichi Kamada restored the Eagles’ lead in the second period. The Biancocelesti even had two goals disallowed for offside, but still clung on to this invaluable win. So here are our player ratings for Napoli who didn’t deliver their best football while hosting Lazio in Round 3.
Alex Meret – 5
The Italy international was beaten four times (only two stood) while hardly making a save. Perhaps he should have done better on the opener, but didn’t expect Luis Alberto’s backheel.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo – 6
The Napoli captain trotted up and down the right flank and was arguably his team’s best performer. Managed to nullify Mattia Zaccagni in the first period, but somewhat lost his hold on the latter in the second period.
Amir Rrahmani – 5.5
The Kosovan did well against Ciro Immobile but perhaps could have done better to block Alberto and Kamada on the goals.
Juan Jesus – 6
A decent display from the Brazilian veteran who didn’t commit many blunders despite his team’s state of disarray.
Mathias Olivera – 5
The Uruguayan endured a torrid time against Felipe Anderson. Allowed the Brazilian to slip the ball past him to provide the assist of the opener. Left his spot for Mario Rui just after the hour mark.
André-Frank Zambo Anguissa – 4.5
This may well be the Cameroonian’s worst display since joining Napoli. Lost track of Alberto for the opener and cheaply gave the ball away on several occasions.
Stanislav Lobotka – 5.5
The former Celta Vigo man should have gone for goal when he found himself in front of Ivan Provedel. Lost several duels on the defensive phase.
Piotr Zielinski – 6
A mixed bag from the Polish midfielder who provided the equalizer for Napoli with a deflected effort. On the other hand, he was dispossessed by Anderson in the buildup of Lazio’s second goal.
Matteo Politano – 6
The former Inter man worked hard for as long as he lasted on the pitch, even tracking back to contribute at the back. Played an important part in the buildup for Zielinski’s goal, but went off the radar in the second half.
Victor Osimhen – 5.5
The Nigerian bomber came close to scoring on a couple of occasions early on but found himself chasing lost causes for the majority of the encounter.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia – 6
The Georgian started on a positive note, causing havoc on the left flank. But his impact dwindled as the match progressed and was eventually hauled off in the middle of the second half as he still doesn’t have 90 minutes in his legs.
Mario Rui – 5.5
The Portuguese entered when the damage was already done. Failed to block Matteo Guendouzi on Lazio’s second disallowed goal.
Giacomo Raspadori – 5.5
The Italian was hellbent on making an impact from the bench but it wasn’t meant to be.
Jesper Landstrom – 5.5
The Debutant saw little of the ball. He had the last Napoli chance of the match but sent his shot wayward.
Giovanni Simeone – N/A
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