Saturday, 18 October 2008

Napoli vs Juventus 2-1, Highlight Liga Italia 2008, week 7

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Juventus travelled to the San Paolo stadium to face Napoli in a classic Serie A fixture. They were looking for their first league victory in almost a month, while 6th placed Napoli were also coming off a 3-2 defeat to Genoa.

Juve coach Claudio Ranieri faced some defensive problems as Jonathan Zebina, Nicola Legrottaglie, and Olof Mellberg, as well as keeper Gianluigi Buffon, were all out injured. Dario Knezevic and Giorgio Chiellini in the center of the defence, with Alex Manninger deputising in goal. Ranieri played with a 4-4-2 formation with captain Alex Del Piero and Amauri up front, while his Napoli colleague Edy Reja with a 3-5-2 line up in which former Bianconero Marcelo Zalayeta and Ezequiel Lavezzi played in attack.

First Half

As expected, there was a huge crowd in the stadium for this match, as is always the case when Napoli face a big side. The first chances were for the home side, who started the game brightly and seemed to benefit from the boisterous home crowd.

In the 5th minute, midfielder Christian Maggio played in a good cross for Michele Contini, who sent in a low cross from inside the area for Zalayeta, but it was just out of the striker’s reach.

Juve responded immediately at the other end, as Hasan Salihamidzic made a good run towards the byline and played the ball in for Christian Poulse, whose shot deflected off Fabiano Santacroce but forced Gennaro Iezzo to make a great diving save (7’).

Around the quarter hour mark, the old Del Piero-Nedved connection conjured up a couple of chances for Juve, as first the captain played the ball back to the Golden Ball winner, who had a chance to shoot from the edge of the area, but his effort sailed high over the crossbar (14’).

A minute later, Nedved made a good run at the Napoli defence and played a sliding pass to Del Piero, but Santacroce cleared the danger with a fine tackle.

A big chance came in the 23rd minute, when Del Piero sent in a perfect cross for Amauri, but the Brazilian striker headed the ball wide from a great position. A similar chance came four minutes later for Napoli, when Marek Hamsik headed the ball down and forced Manninger into an impressive diving save (27’).

Around ten minutes later, Del Piero came close to opening the score with one of his trademark free kicks, given for a foul by Paolo Cannavaro on Amauri, which curled nicely around the wall only for Iezzo to tip the ball over the crossbar.

There were no more chances in the remainder of a somewhat disappointing first half.

Second Half

The start of the second half wasn’t promising, as both sides made a lot of mistakes and fired blanks left and right.

The first half-chance came in the 58th minute, when Maggio made a good run, beating two defenders and sending in a dangerous low cross inside the area, which Manninger cleared away with his feet.

Two minutes later, Juve had the ball in the net. It was a well taken strike by Amauri, who met a left-wing cross by Poulsen perfectly and volleyed it past Iezzo, making it 1-0 to the visitors in the 60th minute.

This goal made the match come alive, and it took only four minutes for the Azzurri to get an equaliser. Manuele Blasi received the ball on the right wing and sent in a cross that Hamsik, who hadn’t had a great match until that point, headed past a hapless Manninger (64’).

The match remained intense after this goal, but both sides played very cautiously as they seemed content with the 1-1 tie. However, a mistake by Juve defender Dario Knezevic allowed Napoli to take the lead out of nothing, as his clearence bounced to Lavezzi, who had no hesitation and pulled the trigger, making it 2-1 and turning the match on its head 11 minutes before full time.

In the last ten minutes, Juve looked out of sorts as they were not expecting to concede a second, and Ranieri decided to bring in starlet Sebastian Giovinco in the hope of drawing level. However, a few minutes after Lavezzi’s goal, it was the home side who came close again, as in the 83rd minute Hamsik volleyed a shot just over the crossbar from a dangerous position.

Juve’s last chance came on a dead ball situation, as defender Giorgio Chiellini headed the ball wide on a free kick by Giovinco. In injury time, however, the home side could have the score bigger as a lob by German Denis went just over the bar.

This was the second straight defeat for Claudio Ranieri's team following the 2-1 reverse at home against Palermo, while Napoli lived up to their terrific start to the season. Ranieri will no doubt be blamed for making the odd decision of replacing Del Piero with defender De Ceglie 20 minutes from the end.

With this victory Napoli momentarily leap to the top of the table with 14 points, while Juventus are 11th with 9 points.

Danilo Pochini


GOALS: 60’ Amauri, 64’ Hamsik, 79’ Lavezzi

Napoli (3-5-2): Iezzo; Santacroce, Cannavaro (63’ Aronica), Contini; Maggio, Blasi, Gargano, Hamsik, Vitale (46’ Mannini); Zalayeta (68’ Denis), Lavezzi. Coach: Reja.

Juventus (4-4-2): Manninger; Grygera, Knezevic, Chiellini, Molinaro (82’ Giovinco); Salihamidzic, Poulsen (74’ Ekdal), Marchisio, Nedved; Amauri, Del Piero (70’ De Ceglie). Coach: Ranieri.

REFEREE: Saccani

BOOKED: Gargano, Blasi (N); Molinaro, Poulsen, Salihamidzic, Grygera (J)

Tumbang, Ranierri Nyantai...

Juventus kembali menderita kekalahan di tangan Napoli. Meski demikian, pelatih Claudio Ranieri tidak berfikir, Juve tengah berada di dalam krisis. Ia masih merasa, posisinya aman.

“Saya merasa aman, kami hanya melewati masa-masa sulit, namun kami tidak berada di dalam krisis,” ujarnya paska kekalahan 2-1 dari Napoli. “Saya tidak tahu apa yang akan dilakukan oleh pihak klub. Namun, saya rasa kami akan tetap kompak dan mendiskusikan situasi ini dengan tenang.”

Ranieri mengakui, ada beberapa kesalahan mendasar yang dilakukan anak asuhnya sehingga tidak mampu mempertahankan kemenangan yang sudah diraih melalui gol Amauri.

Terkait dengan penggantian kapten Alessandro Del Piero dengan defender Paolo De Ceglie, yang menimbulkan banyak kritik, Ranieri mengatakan: "Saya berfikir tentang pertandingan ke depan melawan Real Madrid, karenanya, saya memutuskan untuk menggantikan sang kapten dan membawa masuk Marco Marchionni untuk menggantikan Hasan Salihamidzic dengan tujuan menekan mereka dari arah sayap. Namun, Christian Poulsen menderita cedera, karenanya saya harus membuat perubahan.”

"De Ceglie adalah seorang full back, namun punya naluri menyerang, dan pergerakan Pavel Nedved akan menutupi kekosongan di lini tengah.”

Melihat kondisi tersebut, Ranieri juga berfikir saat itu, bermain imbang sudah cukup. Dengan kekalahan ini, Juventus harus puas dengan posisi ke-11, dan mengantongi sembilan poin.

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