Naples won the match against Liverpool at the end of the match after a particularly intense match ! Overall dominant, Napoli ended up making a difference thanks to a goal by Lorenzo Insigne at the end of regulation time ! With victory, Carlo Ancelotti’s men took the lead of Group C ahead of the British and PSG !
It is for this kind of victories that the president of Naples Aurelio De Laurentiis has appealed to Carlo Ancelotti.
Last season, Maurizio Sarri’s Naples marveled against Manchester City, but he took a 4-2 home beating before leaving the competition without reaching the 8th final.
Nothing says that the Italian vice-champion will see the European spring this year, but Lorenzo Insigne’s success at the last minute of regulation time puts him at the top of Group C with four points, one more than Liverpool and PSG.
The coming double confrontation between Naples and the Parisians is therefore likely to be decisive in the three-man match which is more than to be seen in this group that we knew from the raised and undecided draw.
On Wednesday, Naples needed a win to make sure that the 0-0 opening draw in Belgrade against the Red Star was not too much to drag.
Liverpool, on the other hand, clearly showed that a point would have suited him very well, but eventually cracked when it was thought that his objective minimalist had been achieved.
At the end of the day, Ancelotti’s Naples didn’t leave much for the outgoing finalist and the Salah-Firmino-Mané trio, who terrorized Europe last season, didn’t force Ospina to make any stops.
The Italians also had the character to attempt to the end, despite the constant threat of a counter-attack led by the three arrows of the English attack, as when Ospina managed to get out of the way in front of Salah.
But the badge goal, served by Callejon, was deserved and logical because it is not clear what more Napoli could have done.
Badge / insignia hit near the post (11′), Milik put Alison in danger twice (32 ‘and 50′), Callejon saw her return to flight saved on the line by Gomez (75′) and Mertens even hit the cross (82’).
Faced with Ancelotti’s 4-4-2, which was not really one, the defence often passing to three, Liverpool did not find solutions, also handicapped by the fast exit of Naby Keita on injury.
But under a drizzle all that is more English, we also saw that the Reds lost the Mad intensity of their European spring, when Salah and his family carried away like a tornado.
Wednesday, the Egyptian thus seemed resized, far from the potential gold balloon that it was a few months ago.
But the story is still long and nothing is done in this group yet. in the three-man race that started, Naples simply showed that while her team was probably not the most talented, she had courage and, with Ancelotti, a true maestro of the Champions League at the controls.