Seriously, thank you Napoli for restoring faith in the entire football world that Italian teams, apart from Juventus, can compete against the world’s best.
We all knew Napoli supporters were going to come out in full force today, and they sure did. Their “The Champions” chant could be heard on TV screens all over the world today. However, it wasn’t all about the fans, everyone knew there was a game to play still and it was against the mighty Real Madrid.
Certainly, Real Madrid must be regarded as one of, if not the best team in the world. For a team on the rise such as Napoli to even have a chance of advancing against the Merengues meant something. Also, for Napoli to stick to their beautiful style of play against Madrid takes a lot of guts.
When Mertens fired home in the 24th minute, almost everyone believed Napoli could actually surmount a comeback more gargantuan than any in recent memory. However, sadly it just wasn’t meant to be for the Partenopei. Their amazing play in the first 45, and beginning of the second half, was cancelled out by two out of this world headers by none other than Sergio Ramos. If it weren’t for two lapses in concentration and a post hit by Mertens in the first 45, maybe we would all be talking about yet another magical UCL night and performance at the notorious Stadio San Paolo. Much to our disappointment, however, we are only able to complement the players and manager for what was nothing short of a breathtaking two-legged affair against arguably the best team in the world. We can only applaud the Partenopei as a whole, including their passionate fans.
From the whole of the Serie A fan community, thank you Napoli for an impressive, yet unfortunate run in this year’s edition of the UEFA Champions League.