Napoli engaged in a total annihilation of Bologna tonight with a 7-1 victory away from home at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.
Maurizio Sarri and Co. will be most pleased with Napoli’s most recent result at the hands of Bologna only a week after their disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Palermo. Both Mertens and Hamsik had hattrick’s today in a match that was completely one-sided throughout the full 90 minutes. Here’s how we rated each Napoli player’s individual performances from the match:
Pepe Reina (7): Reina kept Bologna at bey with a superb penalty stop to keep the score at 2-0 and Bologna’s heads down. He also made a terrific save on Krejci but his parry went straight to Torosidis who headed home, however the defense should have done better in marking the Greek defender.
Elseid Hysaj (7): Hysaj also had a terrific day down the right flank. He didn’t have to defend as much as he was not really tested down his side, but he joined in the attack so well and kept Bologna’s defense on high alert.
Raul Albiol (7.5): Albiol is certainly one of Napoli’s quiet leaders on the pitch. His passing out of the back is second to none and his ability to organize the defense is outstanding. Napoli fans can be excited that their Koulibaly-Albiol partnership will be back at full force in the upcoming games with the Senegalese international back from AFCON.
Nikola Maksimovic (6): It was a much better performance from the Serbian today in comparison to last week’s match against Palermo. Despite a few misplaced passes, Maksimovic was on the money with his tackles and positioned himself well on the pitch.
Faouzi Ghoulam (6.5): Despite a few shoddy positional problems, Ghoulam attacked well as usual tonight. He flew in a few inch-perfect crosses that nearly ended up in goals.
Piotr Zielinski (8.5): Just an incredible performance tonight from Piotr. This guy must be Sarri’s number 1 above Allan if he keeps performing like this. When Zielinski is on the field, Napoli play such a quick possession-based game that is near impossible to defend. He is a real gem.
Amadou Diawara (8): Not quite as good as Zielinski today, but great nonetheless from the Guinean international. He is another gem for Sarri. He is currently playing Jorginho off the pitch with his continually brilliant performances.
Marek Hamsik (9.5 MOTM): What a day for the captain. Not only did he score a hattrick, but he was so involved in all of the build-up play and also defended quite well when gave up the ball. Just superb from the skipper.
Jose Callejon (3): What were you thinking Jose? After being yellow carded for handling the ball inside of the box and giving away a penalty, the Spanish forward lashed out at a Bologna player which prompted the referee to correctly send him off. Now, Callejon’s 113 matches-played streak with Napoli will come to an end because of a dumb decision.
Dries Mertens (9): It is honestly tough to not give Mertens also the man of the match. He also scored a hattrick and was just lethal all night long. The Bologna defense had no idea how to stop the Belgian tonight. Now, Dries sits atop the goalscoring charts with 16 goals on the season.
Lorenzo Insigne (7.5): Insigne had one of those matches where he certainly was good but he didn’t shine quite as much as his fellow teammates. He was involved in most of the build-up play and played in a few extremely dangerous balls Mertens.
Marko Rog (N/A): Rog didn’t feature long enough tonight to gain a performance rating.
Emanuele Giaccherini (6): Giaccherinho was fairly decent when coming on. He didn’t get involved too much in the play but when he was involved, he always got his passes off.
Allan (6): Likewise to Giaccherini, Allan was also fairly decent but wasn’t anything special. He did what was needed and that was to see out the match.