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Napoli suffer fresh injury blow on Faouzi Ghoulam

Napoli have been dealt a fresh injury blow on Faouzi Ghoulam after the Algerian suffered a setback on his recovery from a knee problem. The left-sided defender was expected to return from a torn ACL for the Naples outfit this month, but a fractured right patella will keep him on the sidelines for at least four weeks.

"Ghoulam was operated on at Villa Stuart by Professor [Pierpaolo] Mariana due to a transverse fracture of the right patella. The intervention was perfectly successful. Faouzi will start rehabilitation [on Saturday]. He will be evaluated in 15 days and should return to the training pitch in a month," a Napoli statement confirmed.

Maurizio Sarri Happy with Victory over Udinese

Napoli returned to the top of the table after a 1-0 victory over Udinese during the weekend. The team has been able to claim 12 victories from the 14 league matches. As a result, Maurizio Sarri has seen his team open up a two-point advantage over Inter Milan, who have also gone through an unbeaten campaign. Jorginho was able to score the only goal of the game. This result was extremely crucial as it meant that Inter Milan’s win over Cagliari did not have an impact at the top of the table. It has been a tight campaign in the Italian Serie A with the top three teams separated by just only four points.

Surprisingly, Juventus, who have won the title for the last six seasons, are no longer top of the table with the season fast approaching the winter break. Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has transformed the fortunes of the Milan outfit. After having spent a reasonable sum of money, Inter and Napoli are the two teams left unbeaten so far this season. Even defending champions Juventus have lost two matches out of the 14. After the game, Maurizio Sarri claimed that Napoli could have very well lost the game given the condition of the pitch. The first half goal was a decisive factor in Napoli getting a victory.

Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri has dismissed suggestions that he is about to leave the Italian club.


The team that finished third in the league table last season has made a stunning start to the current campaign after managing to possess the only 100% record so far this season. Napoli have made incredible progress under the regime of Sarri and this has not gone unnoticed at various clubs. He has been regarded as one of the greatest tacticians that Italian football has at the moment. However, he has been able to bring in an exciting style of football at Napoli.

The combination of existing football, strong tactics, and successful results have madeSarri one of the sought-after managers. There has been a lot of speculation linkingSarri with foreign jobs, but the prospect of enticing him from Napoli appears to be difficult at the moment. Apart from being able to challenge for the title, Napoli also offer Champions League football to the manager and the expression that comes along with it.

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Pep Guardiola Lauds Napoli as a Team to Fear

Pep Guardiola has held on Napoli as one of the best teams in Europe at the moment. Manchester City have been grouped alongside the Italian outfit in the 2017-18 group stages.


Even though City have been able to avoid a tough group, manager Guardiola says that Napoli should not be treated lightly. In the past, City have largely been drawn against the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, and Real Madrid in the group stages. It has led to repeated failings in the competition by City, who are yet to win the title even after spending vast sums of money.
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Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri was named as the best coach of the top tier Italian football league, Serie A for the season of 2016-17 even though his team could only snatch the 3rd spot.


Surprisingly, he received more votes than MassimilianoAllegri who was able to guide Juventus to their 6th successive Serie A title. Maurizio Sarri received 25 votes of 61 votes which was only 3 more votes than his fellow contender Allegri who could not win it for a 2nd successive year.
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BALOTELLI SAYS HE IS OPEN TO NAPOLI MOVE

Italian striker Mario Balotelli has revealed that he is open to a move to Napoli if Silvio Berlusconi does not want his presence in the Milan setup. The Nice forward was with his brother to see the game between Milan and Inter that ended 2-2.


Whilst celebrating a last gasp goal, a fan asked questions him online where he said: “I support Milan and have a fondness for Manchester City, you shouldn’t get angry because of that.”
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Napoli Are Far from Perfect, Warns Sarri

Napoli have been one of the best teams in the Italian Serie A by a significant margin.


Since suffering the 2-1 loss against Juventus in October, the team are undefeated in all competitions – a run that now stretches to 17 games. Napoli secured a 7-1 win over Bologna during the weekend to move ahead of Roma in the second spot. Now, they have established a one-point advantage over Roma and five points over Lazio. Even though the capital club can reclaim the second spot if they win the game in hand, it has been an astonishing turnaround of form from Maurizio Sarri’s team.
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NAPOLI PLAY DRAW WITH SASSUOLO

Napoli has started the season not as good as they would have wanted and the draw with Sassuolo further dented their hopes of lifting the Serie A this term.


They were set to get a win but a late goal from Gregoire Defrel forced Napoli to share points with their visitors – their third straight stalemate in all competitions.
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