When, if not now? That is the common query among Napoli supporters following Friday’s decisive 5-1 victory over Juventus at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in the Scudetto race. While Inter Milan and AC Milan both play on Saturday in an effort to keep up with the Serie A leaders, Luciano Spalletti’s club won the home game against Massimiliano Allegri’s team and is currently ten points ahead of the Bianconeri. Napoli now has the best chance of winning the championship at the end of the season thanks to their historic victory over Juventus.
A crucial moment
Napoli defeated Juventus with a five-goal victory despite the fact that Juventus entered the crucial encounter at the Stadio Maradona having won eight straight games without allowing a goal. Prior to this game, the Bianconeri had only given up seven goals overall; they then gave up five goals in one contest. These statistics reveal a lot about Napoli’s performance and the significance of their victory over Juventus. For the home squad and the home fans, who are now dreaming of winning their first Scudetto in more than thirty years, this might be a turning point in the season psychologically. Actually, Napoli’s most recent victory came in 1990, when Diego Armando Maradona was the team’s top player and helped the club capture its first two Serie A championships in 1987 and 1990.
Against Juventus, Luciano Spalletti could at last rely on several important players who were in top form. Victor Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia in particular were virtually unstoppable against Bianconeri’s team. The young Georgian star, who also contributed two assists, and the Nigerian striker each contributed two goals and one assist. This pair put on an outstanding effort that can now help the team win the game. In one game, both players exposed all of the Bianconeri’s flaws while playing against the greatest defense in the league. The other teams in the league have little chance of challenging Napoli this season if they continue to play like this.