Match Today: Napoli vs Spezia 10-09-2022 Serie A
After impressing the world with their midweek tournaments in Europe, Napoli returned to domestic service on Saturday, hosting Spezia at Maradona's Estadio.
An impressive performance in the 4-1 defeat to Liverpool led to a great start in the Champions League, and now they face a side that has struggled in Serie A since day one.
Just days after scoring their win away to potential top-four rivals Lazio in the league, Napoli started their Champions League Group A opening match in a more impressive fashion on Wednesday night.
Spezia have had five points or less from their first five games in their previous Serie A seasons as well so there's no major cause for concern as of now especially as struggling teammates Sampdoria, Monza and Cremonese are all waiting for their next four games.
While the odds of them adding to that tally against such deadly opponents may be slim on Saturday afternoon, recent history suggests that Aquilotte could at least dream of another surprise appearance.
Napoli vs Spezia
Luciano Spalletti's men advanced 3-0 in the first half against Liverpool, an advantage that could have been easier, but a penalty was saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and then blocked at the last goal line.
Star striker Victor Osimhen put in a lot of his limited time on the field, hitting the post in the early stages, before Peter Zielinski, Andrei Zambo Anguesa and Osimhen substitute Giovanni Simeone needed only three minutes to score in his first Champions League appearance after coming as an alternative.
Without also scoring any goals, the summer signing of Kvaradona or Kvaradona to the Napoli residents proved their worth once again, and the Georgian winger has already scored four goals and assisted in five domestic matches.
Spezia vs Napoli
During that time, Napoli, with its new appearance, advanced to second place in the Italian league standings; Two points behind Atalanta, the first leader.
Spalletti's side have yet to be defeated this season It is interesting that since Spezia's first promotion to Serie A two years ago, they have challenged their standing as domestic outsiders to share two victories each with Napoli in the four club meetings - each time the winner has been the away team.
And now, in pursuit of a fantastic third win in a row at the famous Maradona Stadium, the Ligurians will arrive in Campania after four games without a win since they began their campaign in the 2022-23 league with a home victory over Empoli last month.
Luca Guti saw his side falter in a tally of just two points from four consecutive games and after falling behind in Bologna last week they could not hold out; He conceded the equalizer in the 64th minute by Marko Arnautovic and had to equalize 2-2.