Three takeaways from Napoli 2-0 Sassuolo: Osimhen and Di Lorenzo lead, Rrahmani takes over from Kim

Napoli have picked up where they left off in Serie A with two wins from two under Rudi Garcia. Victor Osimhen, Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Amir Rrahmani sent clear messages with their performances against Sassuolo on Matchday 2.

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Napoli were one of the sides to continue their perfect start to the 2023/24 Serie A season as they got the better of Sassuolo with a routine 2-0 win at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Matchday 2.

In a game lacking any major drama, Victor Osimhen opened the scoring from the penalty spot early in the first half and Napoli’s chances of a win were boosted when Maxime Lopez seemed to talk himself into a straight red card. Captain and full-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo secured the points with well-taken goal.

The other positive on the evening for Napoli was that Khvicha Kvaratskhelia was fit enough to be introduced from the bench in the second half.

Early pressure pays off for Napoli

Giacomo Raspadori of Napoli goes up against Sassuolo’s Daniel Boloca. (@en_sscnapoli)

Napoli came flying out the blocks at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, the first 20 minutes of play were nothing short of an onslaught from the home side. Within the first minute of play, Giovanni Di Lorenzo‘s pass from out wide was met by Giacomo Raspadori, who fired off the post.

The Partenopei kept the pressure on throughout the opening exchanges which was crucial in securing first-half dominance over Sassuolo. Victor Osimhen had a questionable penalty claim waved away inside the first 10 minutes, a sign of what was to come.

Napoli boasted 64% possession after 20 minutes, alongside six goal attempts to Sassuolo’s one. It only took 16 minutes for the defending Serie A champions to find the breakthrough, after Matteo Politano was brought down and VAR intervened, leading to a penalty kick. To little surprise, Osimhen dispatched.

From then on, it felt as though Napoli had job done despite Sassuolo always posing a threat with a talented squad.

Amir Rrahmani to pick up where Kim Min-jae left off?

Napoli’s Amir Rrahmani. [@sscnapoli]

Napoli managed to keep a clean sheet on the night, and a big reason for that was Amir Rrahmani‘s performance at the back.

Strong, aggressive and assertive, during a Sassuolo counterattack in the first half, Rrahmani displayed great composure and strength to outmuscle the attacker and regain possession. In addition, the central defender boasted a passing accuracy of over 90%, highlighting his ability on the ball as well as off.

Kim Min-jae‘s departure to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, although expected, stung the champions. Napoli spent €10 million on 22-year-old Natan from RB Bragantino this summer, but if Rrahmani continues to perform as he did against Sassuolo, Napoli have a contender to lead their defence moving forward.

It also helps to have a player like Giovanni Di Lorenzo on the scene who is superb at the back, but can also chip in so regularly in the attack. He netted the clinching goal with a smart finish in the second half.

Victor Osimhen is still the main man

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Piotr Zielinski. [@sscnapoli]

It’s clear as day to see the threat Napoli possess in Victor Osimhen. A forward so energetic and alert, he’s the reigning champions’ main outlet up top and rightly so. He needed no invitation to attack from the first whistle against Sassuolo.

The forward had a questionable penalty decision waved on after great movement got him in behind, drew fouls that resulted in yellow cards and scored the penalty to give the home side the lead early on.

The Nigerian quite simply screams danger through his frightening pace and energy alone, and handing penalty duty over to Raspadori in the second half shows the signs of a leader and a great teammate.

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