Napoli has just widened the gap between them and the rest of the Serie A teams with a pedestrian victory against Empoli.
Ardian Ismajli, poor guy, scored an own goal to get things started before Victor Osimhen added insult to injury with his 19th league strike of the season, making it 2-0.
To add spice to the mix, Portugal’s left-back Mario Rui was sent off in the second half for recklessly lashing out at Francesco Caputo. But it wasn’t enough to rattle Luciano Spalletti’s side, who held on comfortably.
Crowd favourite, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, had a strong game playing on the left of a three-man attack, and was substituted in the 71st minute for Eljif Elmas.
Inter, on the other hand, had a chance to reduce the margin to 15 points on Sunday against Bologna. Their 1-0 defeat to Bologna leaves few questions about who’s the top team in Italy at the moment.
But does it leave anyone guessing as to the team that will be lifting the Scudetto come to the end of the season? Probably not.
Osimhen seems to be having a field day lately, scoring in his last eight Serie A games. He’s now in the same league as Cristiano Ronaldo, the last player to achieve such a feat with 11 consecutive matches for Juventus.
Napoli’s players seem to be drinking Spalletti’s Kool-Aid, adapting to his selfless and responsive style of play. Although they line up almost always in the same 4-3-3, they adapt their approach to every game to exploit spaces as they appear. Predictable, yet effective.