Napoli put in a confident performance against the bottom of Serie A, Salernitana. The 4-1 victory puts the Partenopei back in second place in the league.
Luciano Spalletti certainly knew that there was no room for error as Napoli took on Salernitana, a team seemingly condemned to relegation. Then again, things such as the league position haven’t always held any ground when it’s come to this season’s results.
Still, Napoli’s squad and bench of substitutes revealed a pleasing fact from the get-go. The team’s injury crisis has not passed entirely, but it’s certainly been reduced. Fabian Ruiz or Victor Osimhen’s involvement in the game cannot be understated when it comes to the team’s morale.
Juan Jesus opened the scoring in the 17th minute, taking advantage of Eljif Elmas’ well-placed corner.
Federico Bonazzoli briefly made the Partenopei trembled. The striker equalized for Salernitana in the 33rd minute.
Napoli took back the league just before half-time. Dries Mertens scored from the spot-kick, then assisted Amir Rrahmani for Napoli’s third goal early in the second half.
Captain, and future FC Toronto inside forward, Lorenzo Insigne, got the chance to score from the spot as well. The goal put the game beyond any doubt.
The victory, coupled with the draw between AC Milan and Juventus, helps Napoli return to second place in Serie A. The chances for success in overthrowing Inter’s dominance may well depend on the players’ fitness and availability.