Serie A Preview 2009/10: Napoli

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Main Transfers: Hugo Compagnaro (Sampdoria), Morgan de Sanctis (Galatasaray), Fabio Quagliarella (Udinese), Luca Cigarini (Atalanta), Juan Zuniga (Siena), Erwin Hoffer (Rapid Vienna)

Outlook: Having started last season in fine form, Napoli lost their way midway through the season and a run of terrible results cost Eddy
Reya his job. It was a sad end for a man who had brought the club up yet these slumps in form where becoming all too frequent for them to be ignored.

Napoli fans are among the most passionate and dedicated in Italy, yet they are also among the most demanding. It is why Napoli are so good at home but they must learn to do just as well when they’re away.

From the looks of things, they can well achieve this. During the summer, Napoli have spent wisely in order to keep on improving the squad. Goalkeeper Morgan de Sanctis returns to Italy and will offer greater solidity at the back whilst Fabio Quagliarella (pictured), their biggest capture of the summer, can score the goals that often went missing last year.

Manager: After the thankless spell as Italy manager, Roberto Donadoni has taken on the equally tricky job of reviving Napoli. In the few weeks during which he was in charge last season he didn’t really have too much success but that was put down to him sill finding his feet. Now however, there will be no excuses and with a well balanced side he will be expected to challenge for a Champions League spot.

Key Player: It is quite surprising that no club has really tested Napoli’s willingness to hang on the Marek Hamsik. The Slovakk has everything that is expected of a modern midfielder: he work hard, can score goals, has good passing and can read the game extremely well. He is at the heart of all that happens in Napoli and a player who could really become one of the best.

One to Look Out For: Brought in last January, Jesus Datolo didn’t make that much of an impact largely because he had misfortune to come in when the whole side was struggling. The new season, however, should see a change in that and Datolo, with his passing range and willingness to run hard, should help fuel Napoli’s challenge.

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