NAPLES – Return of the Europa League quarter-finals, Napoli-Arsenal 0-1 , goal: Lacazette on a free kick at 37 '( 0-2 in the first leg ).
Naples greets Europe, Ancelotti closes without trophies.
An ugly Napoli goes headlong from the Europa League and ends the season without trophies. Ancelotti's team, barring reversals in the last few days, will end the championship in second place, far from Juventus, was eliminated from the Italian Cup quarter-finals by Milan and was eliminated in the Champions League group stage.
Tonight we needed a historical comeback but Napoli has created very few scoring chances. The Campania side recriminated for the goal annulled in Milik, for a doubtful offside, and for the error of Meret on the Arsenal network but otherwise they never gave the feeling of being able to pass the round. To make this defeat even more bitter, Insigne took to heart that at the time of his replacement he became angry with Carlo Ancelotti. Now the former Bayern Munich coach will also have to handle this case during the week but he has the experience and the caliber to do it.
Napoli-Arsenal 0-1, Lacazette decides the return match on a free kick.
At the time of Ancelotti's arrival, the Napoli fans expected a quantum leap and hoped to close the season with
At 7 ', Ramsey tried the goal with a shot from outside the penalty area but Meret blocked the ball without any problem. At 16 ', Koulibaly put Callejon in the goal with a great pass but the Spanish striker kicked on Cech's body. At 23 ', Milik had scored with a good lob on Cech on an assist by Insigne but was offside at the time of the winning touch.
At 27 ′, Zielinski crossed very well for Milik but the Polish striker hit his head badly wasting an excellent scoring opportunity. At 34 ', Ramsey left the field due to a muscle injury and in his place the former Borussia Dortmund footballer Henrix Mxit'aryan entered. At 37 ', Arsenal took the lead with a goal on Lacazette's free kick. Meret didn't even try the parade. The first half ended with Arsenal ahead of a goal against Napoli.
At 49 ', at the start of the second half, Aubameyang was forgotten by the Napoli defense but he devoured a goal in front of Meret. Great parade of the former Spal defender. At 60 ', Lorenzo Insigne was replaced by Younes. Upon leaving the camp, the Campania striker became angry with Carlo Ancelotti. He didn't take it well. In the following minutes, Napoli tried to score a goal without success and deservedly left the Europa League.
Napoli-Arsenal, the choices of coaches.
Napoli looks for the impossible comeback by focusing on the tried and tested 4-4-2. Carlo Ancelotti has decided to trust the young Alex Meret between the posts. The former Spal goalkeeper played a great game in London despite the defeat. The former Real Madrid coach is aiming for a four-man defense with Chiriches right-back, Ghoulam left-back with Kalidou Koulibaly, back from two goals for Chievo Verona, and Maksimovic at the center of the defense.
Ancelotti is aiming for a four-man midfield with Callejon right winger, Zielinski left winger, Allan median to protect the defense and Fabian Ruiz as the game inventor. What Jorginho did last summer.
Naples without a trident but with Milik in the role of first striker and Lorenzo Insigne in the role of second striker. At this moment, they are the two strikers who offer greater guarantees to Napoli.
Arsenal shows up at the San Paolo with the clear intention of scoring a goal to mortgage the Europa League round. Emery decided to have his team take the field with 3-4-1-2. The former Sevilla coach has decided to confirm Cech between the posts and to deploy a three-man defense with Sokratis, former Milan soccer player, Koscielny and Monreal. Midfield four with Maitland-Niles, the new Juventus player Ramsey, Xhaka and Kolasinac. Torreira plays behind the tips that are Aubameyang and Lacazette.
The OFFICIAL FORMATIONS of Napoli-Arsenal, valid match for the return of the Europa League quarter-finals.
NAPLES (4-4-2): Meret; Maksimovic, Chiriches, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Callejon, Allan, Zielinski, Fabian Ruiz; Insigne, Milik. Coach: Ancelotti.
ARSENAL (3-4-1-2): Cech; Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Torreira; Aubameyang, Lacazette. Coach: Emery.
REFEREE: Hategan (Romania).
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