Napoli came out with a massive victory to put pressure on second place Roma, who now only lead the Partenopei by 2 points.
Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli grinded out a very important victory away from home at the Olimpico in a match that had CL implications written all over it. Here is how we rated each individual Napoli player’s performances:
Pepe Reina (8 MOTM): Reina had a few dodgy moments in the first 87 minutes of the game. He also wasn’t really tested at all during that time. However, it is what he did in the dying moments that warrants MOTM. His ridiculous fingertip save on Perotti’s deflected shot and his great save on Salah’s breakaway make him today’s MOTM.
Elseid Hysaj (4): Really, really poor today from the Albanian. Quite possibly the poorest match he’s had all season. He really hasn’t been all there lately but today was even worse than usual. His passing was very sloppy and he was beaten to almost every ball that was played down the right flank.
Raul Albiol (7.5): Albiol put in a monstrous performance in at center back today. He stopped many of Roma’s counter-attacks and he also kept Radja Nainggolan’s play-making abilities to a minimum.
Kalidou Koulibaly (7.5): Likewise to Albiol, Koulibaly was also monstrous today. He cut out almost all of Roma’s attempted through passes and played the role of sweeper very well. He didn’t let much get past him, if at all. Also, his passing was back to being on point.
Faouzi Ghoulam (5): The Algerian had a bit of a hard time today with his passing and defending but grew as the match went on. It was certainly better than his most recent performances post-AFCON.
Marko Rog (7.5): Easily one of Napoli’s best players today. He has been picking up the slack left by Allan and giving Sarri a seriously hard time with his midfield selections if he keeps performing like this. He was all over the pitch where he was needed most and covered every blade of grass. He almost was rewarded with a goal towards the end but it wasn’t meant to be.
Jorginho (6): Jorginho put in a decent shift today. He kept the ball soundly and provided good cover for the centerbacks. As his legs wore down, Sarri put in Diawara in his place, rightfully so.
Marek Hamsik (7): The captain stepped up big today with his great assist to Mertens on Napoli’s first goal. He provided spark going forward, which was something that was certainly needed against a strong Roma back-line.
Jose Callejon (6): Callejon put in an immense amount of work down the right-hand-side. He provided outlets for the midfielders to spread the ball into for the most part of the game.
Dries Mertens (8): It was said that Mertens wouldn’t be able to break down Roma’s bug, muscular back-line. Well, he showed us that it isn’t good to judge a book by its cover and he went on to score Napoli’s 2 massive goals which may have kept their hope of an automatic CL spot alive.
Lorenzo Insigne (7): Il Magnifico had a great game today. He always provided an outlet to pass to and he rarely lost the ball. He also made a few chances to score for himself, however a tired mind and tired legs prevented him from bagging a goal.
Arkadiusz Milik (N/A): Milik did not play long enough to gain a performance rating.
Piotr Zielinski (6.5): After coming on for an injured Dries Mertens, the Polish international provided a great spark in the midfield, which was needed to keep Roma at bey.
Amadou Diawara (6.5): Diawara also added a positive spark to the match that was very important to fulfill. When Roma were pushing on for an equalizer, the 19-year-old kept calm, something very rare in a player so young.