The confrontation between Andrea Pirlo and Rino Gattuso will be interesting. Napoli are in excellent form, while Turin’s Juventus are in search.
The central match of Serie A’s 3rd round will be held in Turin, between Juventus and Napoli. In recent years, the “Old Lady” ‘s main competitor is often the Neapolitan team, which made the controversy between these teams even more interesting. Now there is extra intrigue as the head coaches – longtime friends, former teammates, Gennaro Gattuso and Andrea Pirlo will face each other as coaches for the first time.
Napoli started the current season perfectly. They gained 6 points in the last two rounds, scored 8 goals, and did not concede any. Juve, on the other hand, gained a point in the toughest battle with Roma after a convincing victory over Sampdoria. It is clear that Pirlo’s team is still in the process of searching. The novice Italian coach is not even formed on the basic lineup and tactics. Pirlo did not hide it after the match with Roma. He noted that he did not have the opportunity to conduct experiments before the season. So, he has to do so at the beginning of the season.
It is noteworthy that the Napoli-Juve match was in danger of being postponed as Gattuso’s team had to play against Genoa in the previous round, where a coronavirus pandemic broke out. A test conducted at the Naples camp showed that only Piotr Zielinski is infected. Of course, this is not a sufficient reason to postpone the game. The Pole himself will not be able to play. But his team will still visit Juventus Stadium.
Juve should also think about revenge against Napoli because the last two confrontations should be badly remembered. They lost at San Paolo (1: 2) in January and could not handle the rivals in the penalty shootout in the Italian Cup final in June.