Napoli defeated Pescara 3-1 at the Stadio San Paolo on Sunday afternoon.
The partenopei struggled to get anything going in the first half, but turned out a better second half performance. Here are the ratings for the Napoli players in today’s match.
Pepe Reina (6): The Spanish goalkeeper didn’t have much to do in today’s match until the late penalty. Reina couldn’t stop Gianluca Caprari from scoring. However, he did well to come out and secure the ball or make clearances when needed. He did well with his feet and to distribute the ball.
Elseid Hysaj (6): Hysaj was involved in the last play, which awarded Pescara the penalty, but he had a solid game. The Albanian right-back did his usual job defending the flanks.
Lorenzo Tonelli (6.5): Tonelli garners one of the higher ratings due to another good performance for the azzurri. The defender did his job well Sunday. Not only did he defend, but he scored for a second straight week. This time he scored a header from a Jorginho free-kick delivery. Is Tonelli a defender or forward?
Raul Albiol (6): Albiol continues to prove that he is a major reason for Napoli’s success defensively. The Spaniard may not be flashy, but his defensive grit is evident. Albiol defended well in his usual central position, but he was also there to back up his teammates on any errors.
Ivan Strinic (6): Strinic did well for the most part as he defended the left flank. The Croatian did not really get too involved on the attack. His biggest error was a back-pass that he attempted to Reina. Alberto Gilardino almost scored the turnover. Other than that, a solid performance for Strinic.
Jorginho (6.5): Jorginho had a great game for Napoli today. He assisted on Tonelli’s goal from a direct free kick. The midfielder was accurate with his passing and really moved the ball around well in the midfield. He showed shades of his form last season in that second half.
Marek Hamsik (7): The captain warrants the highest rating for Napoli in this match. Like Jorginho, Hamsik was accurate in the passing game today and looked to set up his teammates. In a rough first half for the partenopei, Hamsik was the bright spot. He looked to get his wingers into the game to open the scoring in that first half. Then, the captain himself scored on a one-time volley to make it 2-0 in the second half.
Piotr Zielinski (6): Zielinksi suffered in the first half due to Pescara’s pressing, but was better in the second half. The Polish midfielder assisted Hamsik with a quality, precise over-the-top ball that the captain smashed into the net.
Jose Callejon (6): Callejon would have a higher rating if he converted on two great chances. The winger had a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, which was stopped before shooting one wide later in the second half. Callejon tried make runs and moved well throughout the match, trying to create chances for the team.
Dries Mertens (6.5): Just as for the rest of the team, Mertens had a rough first half. Pescara did well to limit Napoli’s chances and really closed any spaces. However, the Belgian forward looked better in the second half. He had a few opportunities to score. Mertens had a shot deflected that almost went in anyway late in the game. Mertens finally scored in the 86th minute when Allan drove in a low cross that the Belgian slotted into the net.
Lorenzo Insigne (5.5): Insigne gets the lowest rating of the match. The hometown boy was better in the second half, but overall made too many mistakes. Some of his decisions to pass or shoot were questionable. He didn’t look like the Insigne that Napoli fans had become accustomed to seeing again before the break.
Allan (6): The Brazilian midfielder was very impressive when he came on for Zielinski in the 65th minute. Allan created a couple of different chances for his teammates and was strong in the midfield. One of his creations came to fruition when he assisted on Merten’s goal to seal the game.
Emanuele Giaccherini (N/A): Giaccherini came on at around the 80th minute. He didn’t have enough playing time to warrant a rating.
Christian Maggio (N/A): Maggio came on for Strinic in the 87th minute. The Italian did not play enough to have a rating.