Napoli defeated Crotone 2-1 on Sunday afternoon thanks to goals by Jose Callejon and Nikola Maksimovic.
Here are the player ratings based on each player’s performance today against Crotone:
Pepe Reina (6): Reina had a good bounce-back game after the match against Besiktas. Reina made two huge saves to keep his team in the lead. The only flaw with Reina that is becoming a trend is that he seems to be a lot more hesitant to come off his line for clearances.
Elseid Hysaj (6): Hysaj wasn’t tested in any big way today. The Albanian defender did his job on defense when called. He also seems to be on the same page with his other defenders and midfielders when passing from the back.
Nikola Maksimovic (7): Maksimovic garners this player rating after scoring his first goal as a Napoli player, which also turned out to be the winning goal. The Serbian was also very solid in some one on one situations, doing well to be strong in the back for Napoli. He had around a 96 percent accuracy on 56 balls played against Crotone, according to Tuttonapoli.
Kalidou Koulibaly (6): Koulibaly also had a better performance today compared to recent games. However, he still has to be careful on balls played out of the back where he gets caught with an opposing player hassling him for the ball. Koulibaly would have had a better rating, but he was involved in allowing Rosi’s goal for Crotone late in the game.
Ivan Strinic (6): Strinic replaced Faouzi Ghoulam in the lineup today and certainly did his job. He’s not often called off the bench, but he did well on the situations where he was on the ball today.
Allan (6): Allan had a decent game. He doesn’t exactly seem to be the same player as he was last year so far, but he works hard chasing the ball to get it back for his team.
Amadou Diawara (6.5): Diawara made his first start for Napoli in this match, giving Jorginho a rest. Diawara impressed greatly in this match. He played with a certain calmness that wouldn’t be expected in a player’s first start for a team. Diawara played the role of regista and was very active on the ball, bringing physicality in the midfield. The midfielder completed 87 percent of his passes, according to Tuttonapoli.
Marek Hamsik (6.5): The captain played well against Crotone leading the midfield’s direction with his passing. He was able to get Diawara going very nicely. Hamsik hit a volley in the beginning of the match where he could have scored, but was unable to do so.
Dries Mertens (6.5): Mertens played very well once again, continuing his consistency throughout most of the season. The Belgian winger was directly involved on Callejon’s goal where he delivered the ball into the box from the left side. Mertens really missed out on a big chance to score though, failing to finish a chance at a wide open goal in the second half.
Manolo Gabbiadini (3): Gabbiadini had a chance at scoring in the first half, but Cordaz saved his attempt. The big play in the game though, was Gabbiadini receiving a red card in the 33rd minute. He was fouled by Ferrari, but then reacted violently by throwing a kick at the player. Gabbiadini left his team to 10 men and will probably miss two games due to his actions.
Jose Callejon (7): Callejon scored Napoli’s first goal in the match against Crotone and nearly scored again if Cordaz didn’t make the save. The Spaniard did well as usual to get back in defense when the team was not in attack. He put it another good performance and remains one of Napoli’s most consistent players.
Substitute Player Ratings
Piotr Zielinski (6): Zielinski came on for Hamsik in the 63rd minute and performed well. He usually plays well whenever he’s on the pitch and did well to continue Napoli’s movement in the midfield with a man down.
Emanuele Giaccherini (N/A): Giaccherini came on in the 75th minute for Callejon. He played less than 20 minutes and therefore, there will be no player rating for the Italian. However, he didn’t make any errors and also won some free kicks for the team.
Omar El Kaddouri (N/A): El Kaddouri substituted Mertens in the 83rd minute. He did not receive enough playing time to obtain a rating.
Maurizio Sarri (6.5): Sarri finally made some changes to the lineup, giving Ghoulam and Jorginho a rest. Strinic and Diawara both played well, so the decision to start them was a successful one at that. The win snaps a three game losing streak, and in the process, he was able to sub off Hamsik, Mertens and Callejon to give them some minutes of rest. Sarri said he didn’t like the way his team managed a lead instead of attacking to get more goals, so he will work on that. He was able to manage his team to a much needed win.