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Discussion in 'Napoli' started by FNU, Aug 31, 2007.
Probable line up for Napoli:
Reja rewards Savini for his terrible performance last week.. by starting him this week. I was so sure that Rullo would get the nod. Hopefully he won't make any costly mistakes. I was hoping that they would pick up Cesar today. We could have used his qualities and experience. We won't know the starting line up till sunday though.
Udine will be a tough test this week. They play a good 4-3-3 game with Floro, Quagliarella and Asamoah. They managed to play decent vs. Inter last week. But they did not make many chances despite being 1 man up. Floro looked nervous as he didn't get any decent shots on net, and Quagliarella did everything but score. He has a really good first touch, and to me it looks like he got quicker from last season. Cannavaro, Domizzi and Contini are going to have their hands full.
I'm hoping that Calaio can be the difference this game.
I was just finishing up my preview of the match on the blog and was going to post it here. Here's my take on it for what it's worth. There's no freaking way he's going to play Savini. He was just toasted against Cagliari. We'll see I guess. In any case, here you go.
Napoli travel north to Udine in hopes of securing some points and setting straight the dismal showing against Cagliari. While an exciting in-week Coppa Italia match may have helped to shed the bitter taste of Napoli’s first home loss last Sunday, the true test for the Azzurri will be how they manage these tricky away fixtures
in the league. A victory would set things in order while a loss may send the squad into a real tailspin. Napoli faces a nightmare string of matches in late September through early November playing the likes of Genoa, Inter, Roma, Juventus, Fiorentina and Palermo. Securing points now may stave off relegation while going into that stretch at the bottom of the table my spell certain doom for the partenopei.
Udinese are certainly a quality squad and not to be taken lightly. The bianconeri drew with Inter last week at the San Siro. While they were the benefactors of an extra-time own goal, they created many chances against Inter and were able to keep the nerazzurri at bay for most of the match. In particular, Ghanian forward Asamoah Gyan consistently found himself in dangerous positions and was unlucky to not have hit the back of the net. Napoli will have to deal with Gyan and Napoletano forwards Antonio Floro Flores and Fabio Quagliarella. There may be a better 3-man front line in Serie A, but their youth and pace surely stack among the best in Italy.
Udinese brought on former Catania manager Pasquale Marino who favors an attacking side and with Reja’s defensive alignment, it should be an interesting match. Their defense is solid with new signings Giandomenic Mesto (right back) and a pair of quality center backs in Christian Zapata and former Azzurrini Andrea Coda. Former Cagliari keeper Antonio Chimenti solidifies the defense and his experience should serve them well this season. Marino kept captain Antonio Di Natale off the squad for the first match because of how Di Natale handled his contract negotiations this summer. Di Natale’s status for the match is unknown but it’s unlikely he’ll be in the stands for this match as Udinese has to be looking at gaining a full three points from the match.
Napoli coach Edy Reja did not receive any late reinforcements as the transfer window closed today. The good news is the squad kept defensive midfielder Fabio Gatti and central midfielder Samuele Dalla Bona. Sam rejected an offer to return to England and the players will surely help with midfield depth even if they are unable to crack the starting XI. Reja will be challenged on how to deal with the pace of Udinese’s forwards and closing down playmaker Gaetano D’Agostino.
Napoli will not have history on their side. The two sides have met a total of 25 times and Napoli’s record is a dismal 3-13-9 against the friulani. Napoli have scored 25 times in those matches and surrendered 42. If Reja puts Grava and Savini on the wings for this match look for Napoli to surrender at least two or three more and the pressure will once again be all over Reja.
Congratulations are in order for four Napoli players who have been called in for International duty in the upcoming FIFA break. Marek Hamsik (Slovakia), Ruben Maldonado (Paraguay), Walter Gargano (Uruguay) and Gyorgy Garics (Austria) will all represent their countries. Gargano will be traveling to South Africa while Maldonado heads off to El Salvador and his homeland. Good luck guys. Don’t get hurt.
Well I've realized that Serie A has started because the night before a game I still can't sleep. I've been up for about 4 hours and there is no way I can sleep when I know a game is hours away.
I'm not expecting a win today guys. It just doesn't look good for us with Reja at the helm our team is doomed. Our guys are skilled but the saying "you're only as stong as your weakest link" (or link"s" in our situation) comes into play heavily in Serie A, top flight, football.
Like Joe said if Reja starts Savini, Grava, or Montervino we might as well just expect the worst and this way we won't be disappointed.
Probable Formations from www.napoli2000.com:
UDINESE (4-3-3): 22 Handanovic; 20 Mesto, 6 Coda, 2 Zapata, 8 Dossena; 88 Inler, 4 D'Agostino, 6 Sivok; 83 Floro Flores, 3 Asamoah, 27 Quagliarella.
PANCHINA: 25 Chimenti, 21 Zapotocny, 24 Lukovic, 28 Boudianski, 23 Eremeko, 78 Pepe, 9 Paolucci. All. Marino
NAPOLI (3-5-2): 1 Iezzo; 96 Contini, 28 Cannavaro, 21 Domizzi; 14 Garics, 8 Blasi, 23 Gargano, 17 Hamsik, 19 Savini; 7 Lavezzi, 11 Calaiò.
PANCHINA: 22 Gianello, 2 Grava, 6 Maldonado, 18 Bogliacino, 4 Montervino, 20 De Zerbi, 25 Zalayeta. All. Reja
That being said I'm still excited as shit just to see the game. I'll be watching on Serie A TV. I looked at some other videos on the sight and the quality is not the best but at least we'll be seeing what's going on a little better. I hate bad mouthing our team after a loss and then finding out they actually played well but things just didn't work out, as in the case of the Cagliari game. So this way I'll see what goes on before I can say how we played.
I hope I'm wrong ... Forza Napoli!!
We got links fellas, we got links!
My last day in Napoli and I would love to watch this match. Since it is an away match, is it on TV?
I do not have a good feeling about this.
AHHHH it starts at three so I can't watch the whole match, Chelsea is on at 4!
watch both with tvants.
Terrible coverage over here. Plus two streams would be aweful on my 1mb broadband.
ok, no idea if this will work or not but i set up a private chat room on the sscnapoli.it web site. you have to be registered to get access to the chat site. the user room is BigSoccer topic 'match chat room' and the password is '3points'
for what it's worth i thought i'd give it a whirl.
their chat room blows. i keep getting kicked off.
UDINESE (4-3-3): 25 Chimenti; 20 Mesto, 6 Coda, 2 Zapata, 8 Dossena; 23 Eremenko, 28 Boudianski, 6 Sivok; 83 Floro Flores, 3 Asamoah, 27 Quagliarella.
PANCHINA: 22 Handanovic, 21 Zapotocny, 24 Lukovic, 4 D'Agostino, 88 Inler, 78 Pepe, 9 Paolucci. All. Marino
NAPOLI (3-5-2): 1 Iezzo; 16 Cupi, 28 Cannavaro, 21 Domizzi; 14 Garics, 8 Blasi, 23 Gargano, 17 Hamsik, 19 Savini; 7 Lavezzi, 25 Zalayeta.
PANCHINA: 22 Gianello, 2 Grava, 6 Maldonado, 18 Bogliacino, 4 Montervino, 20 De Zerbi, 11 Calaiò. All. Reja
Cupi, Zalayeta, and Savini starting ... over Calaio, Contini, and Bogliacino!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Bye Reja!!
IM watcing the game on seriea.tv. It's a little choppy
this game is over before it's even started. look at our lineup.
NAPOLI (3-5-2) : 1 Iezzo, 16 Cupi, 28 Cannavaro, 21 Domizzi, 2 Grava, 8 Blasi, 23 Gargano, 17 Hamsik, 19 Savini, 25 Zalayeta, 7 Lavezzi. In panchina: 22 Gianello, 96 Contini, 9 Sosa, 4 Montervino, 18 Bogliacino, 20 De Zerbi, Calaiò. All.: E. Reja.
Quagliarella with a stunner just went over the bar
serie a tv keeps stopping for 30-45 seconds ... really annoying.
Grava did really well to draw that foul. COME ON POCHO!!!!!!!
******** That Was A Good Chance!!!!!
Iezzo with an excellent save on a free kick
Lavezzi needs to calm down a little. He's always trying to do the solo run towards the 18. It's the 3rd time he gets stuffed
how has Udine's defense been playing??
The ref is calling some bullshit fouls. Udine scores but its offside. Still 1-0 Napoli. Udinese is pressing. I think Napoli needs one more defender in there
Can't really say. We'll know more after some more when Napoli pushes forward. they seem solid