Serie A 2023/24: Player of the Week – Matchday 9

A Khvicha Kvaratskhelia brace helped fire Napoli to victory over Hellas Verona on Matchday 9 and win the attacker the 2023/24 Player of the Week prize.

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Napoli finally overcame their post international break struggles with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Hellas Verona, as a Khvicha Kvaratskhelia double secured the 2023/24 Serie A Player of the Week award for Matchday 9 for the attacker.

The Georgian international scored and assisted during his country’s 2024 European Championship qualification tie with Cyprus the previous weekend, but the Neapolitans have failed to win after the last three times players have returned from international action.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia continues to fly high in Naples

After Kvaratskhelia’s astonishing start as a newcomer last season – five goals and four assists by Serie A Matchday 9 – expectations were high again, but with Napoli’s position just outside the Champions League qualification places this term has silenced an equally important contribution.

However, despite missing the 2023/24 season opener through injury, the 22-year-old has now scored three times and provided four assists in Serie A. His first goal on 43 minutes was an excellent display of quick feet and clinical finishing. While cutting inside, almost without reason to beat a defender, to score late on, displayed how unstoppable he still feels.

Why didn’t Matteo Politano win Player of the Week?

On the opposite side of the Partenopei attack, Politano played a part in all three of the visitors goal and set them on the road to victory on 27 minutes, when he met a dropping ball perfectly on the half-volley to score from close range. Only Lautaro Martinez of Inter, with five, has scored more as a visiting player this season in Serie A.

However, his assists for Kvaratskhelia still owed a lot to the individual brilliance of the Georgian. The first was a routine pass to the youngster who still had to beat a tightly grouped set of Gialloblu defenders and then run the length of the pitch and score, after collecting a lofted ball into space exposed behind the Verona defence.

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