SSC Napoli, which was also pointed out as a candidate for the championship, crashed in an instant.
Napoli lost 0-1 in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the 2022-2023 European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League (UCL) held at San Siro in Milan, Italy on the 13th (Korean time) against AC Milan.
It wasn’t just a defeat. In Napoli’s game that day, Frank Jambo Anguisa was sent off for accumulating warnings, and Kim Min-jae received a yellow card for protesting the foul decision. Both were unable to participate in the second leg, which will be held on the 19th.
Napoli has been pointed out by 카지노사이트many experts as one of the favorites to win the Champions League. Based on their overwhelming performance in Serie A, they accumulated 74 points, ahead of second place Lazio (58 points) by 16 points, and are on the verge of winning the championship.
For this reason, there was even an expectation that Napoli could safely advance to the final when accepting the quarterfinals without Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City and Bayern Munich. However, Napoli, which lacked key players such as Kim Min-jae, left a difficult journey.
Italy’s ‘Football News 24’ emphasized, “Napoli is difficult without Kim Min-jae and Victor Osimen. Coach Luciano Spalletti has to overcome himself,” emphasizing that Napoli will have to find a new solution.
Napoli will play the second leg at home. As the overwhelming support of the crowd has a significant impact on the game, it is expected to be a strength for Napoli, which must win against AC Milan.
However, as problems arose both offensively and defensively, Spalletti’s team tactics became more important. Osimen, as well as Giovanni Simeone, are out due to injuries, and midfielder Jambo Anguisa is also sent off, so he cannot play in the next game.
What hurts most is the absence of Kim Min-jae. Kim Min-jae received a warning he shouldn’t have received due to an unnecessary protest, and was prevented from playing in the next game. The media also regretted that “Kim Min-jae only received a warning, but that made Spalletti’s work complicated.”
Spalletti is expected to appoint Joao Jesus in place of Elif Elmas and Kim Min-jae if Osimen does not return for the second game. Anguisa can be filled with Tanguy Ndombele. However, there is no choice but to be disappointed in the fact that they are not the players that coach Spalletti trusted and used.
Napoli are hoping for the return of Osimen or Giacomo Raspadori. In that case, it is because you can expect a more stable performance by dropping Elmas as a midfielder instead of Ndombele.