Napoli continued their fine form, picking up where they left off in Bologna last week to see off a stubborn Genoa side by two goals to nil in front of a sizzling San Paolo support.
The Scudetto-hopefuls were more than made to work for it though, struggling to really set the tempo in what was a slow and frustrating first-half with chances few and far between. The Rossoblu high-line coped well with the Napoli counter-attack and looked quite comfortable themselves, no doubt highlighted by their impressive spells in possession. Kalidou Koulibaly found himself in all sorts of positions, prominent at either end and glowing in rejuvenation following his country’s AFCON woes. The 25 year-old demonstrating some interesting contributions in both the attacking and defensive phases and reasserting his authority into the Gli Azzurri spine.
A lacklustre first-half was put to bed once Piotr Zielinski struck a sweet low drive from the edge of the box following a poor Genoa clearance, after the ever-present Dries Mertens got in behind. This appeared to spark the fiery and frenetic forward-play we’ve become accustomed to watching this season under the stewardship of Maurizio Sarri, dusting off the home fan’s ‘imposter’ taunts during the interval.