Napoli favorite with Milan, Leao is irreplaceable. The best there is in Italy, but it is not a championship challenge

Napoli is clearly favored in the match against MIlan. This does not mean that he will definitely win, but that he has a much better chance of doing so. Napoli lacks Osimhen, but there are alternatives Simeoni and Raspadori. In Milan, Leao is missing, but also who can replace him. It might be Saelemaekers, but it won’t be the same.

There Gazzetta dello Sporton Friday’s edition, wrote that Tonali could be raised on the trocar with Bennacer playhowever, the move would not solve the problem. Least of all what concerns the attack where Giroud will play again without someone there to replace him: Rebic has a hernia, Origi is still injured.or. The only one would be to put De Ketelaere leads the way if the need arises, but it is perhaps the only role in which the Belgian is not effective for the simple reason that it is not his.

Everyone has said or written that it is a championship challenge. For me no. That is, it is a challenge between two teams that will surely fight for the title, but it is unthinkable that the seventh day will already be decisive. All the more reason in the season in which the head-to-head clashes have finished counting because to decide the championship, in the event of a tie on points, it would be the play-off.

Napoli, in addition to having a team that has not been decimated by injuries, are better off because he comes from Glasgow’s winning trip in the Champions League and because he is in a state of grace. It also has little pressure. The revolution on the market with the disposals of Ospina, Koulibaly, Fabian Ruiz and the loss of Insigne and Mertens, does not force Napoli to run for the Scudetto. Milan, on the contrary, who have sewn it on our chest, must confirm and, if possible, grow. Finally there is the Spalletti factor. For years in the breach with good or appreciable results, the coach is the multiplier of the players’ wishes. They are all hungry for victory and have understood that this year there is no leading team. Perhaps Napoli will become one, but he must avoid the traps that last year made him throw away, like Inter, a championship that could have been won: the decline with the small and medium-sized companies. As it happens, last Sunday, Spalletti and him took this risk with Spezia who had won at Maradona last year. And first, with Lecce, always at home, they drew.

Maybe I’m wrong, but from the point of view of the show, Milan-Napoli is the best you can ask for before the break for the national teams. Because they are two teams built to play before winning, because they are similar in the making of the game (albeit Spalletti makes better use of the space in midfield), because always attacking is imperative, because the players count, but never as much as the team. Pioli, commenting on Leao’s absence, said that in any case the important thing is the collective. And Spalletti, referring to Osimhen’s injury, repeated that Napoli will do like Milan, that is, they will play in eleven.

Yet, on a strictly individual level, Napoli is still superior to Milan. The Rossoneri do not have a player like Zielinski or another like Kvaratskhelia. This allows Spalletti to play as if the Nigerian were there, while Pioli, to replace Leao, will have to distort someone or invent something. I don’t believe in the change of form. Far from being a dogma, it represents the script that a team must play. There is no time to learn another one. And then it wouldn’t even be an advantage.

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