The key is to keep the ball at your feet, and Napoli has that right now. However, Garcia maintains that his team has always had better possession of the ball than their opponents. The numbers on hand are correct. What the French coach avoids emphasizing is that the ball must be between the right foot, at high speed, and in the crucial area of the field.
He ignores his coach, but points to the centre-forward as a sign of change: “We made the difference in managing the dressing room. Look at Victor: he came in and scored an important goal.” Everyone is useful, and no one is always indispensable. Was this the lesson? It was legitimate that there would be a need for time, and that something might knock players’ heads off with the shield pinned to their shirts was not a given. instead of Cvara is shining now, Lobotka is in the middle of the village, and Anguissa is the muscular holding and pushing midfielder. “Let’s not get too excited, moderation was missing here,” Garcia responds elegantly to the media criticism that has made the past few weeks difficult for him. His face does not reveal any particular emotions, but the words are full of confidence and awareness: “Now we want to win against Fiorentina,” and it is expected Already positively next Sunday. First, there’s Real Madrid (the league victors against Girona), but Champions League night is another story.
The reality of the moment is that Napoli have three points in a stadium where no one has been able to win so far, and they come face to face with Lecce (who are pressing high), raise their center of gravity and go for the win with their team. Their nails, hands and teeth also risk taking some retreads. Zielinski draws a free kick for Ostegaard, who jumps in the third period and opens the goal celebration. Team D’Aversa tries to fight back but after Osimhen’s position they felt they had had a bad day. The visitors are in a state of grace (the third goal from Gaetano on his return after a long injury) and finally Politano from a penalty kick. Lychee fell. “These are not races to be won,” D’Aversa can say no more.
But Napoli had to achieve its second victory in a row, to give a signal of continuity to the matches between Milan, the stronger Milan, and Juventus, which does not have any cups. The differences remain outside Garcia’s rectangle, and De Laurentiis smiles satisfied. The tweet at the end of the race was timely: “Starting from Bologna, evidence of maturity in Lecce. Great job everyone.” I said and he smiled.
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