The Partenopei were easily beaten by the Granata thanks to goals from Antonio Sanabria, Nikola Vlasic, and Alessandro Buongiorno, whilst defender Pasquale Mazzocchi was sent off just minutes after coming on for his Napoli debut.
Defeat leaves Walter Mazzarri‘s side languishing in ninth place and 20 points off leaders Inter in the Serie A table, with their scudetto defence in tatters.
Napoli’s season to forget
Since lifting the Serie A title last season, Napoli’s defence of their crown has not gone to plan is verging on the disastrous after a humbling defeat in Turin. The Partenopei were simply never in the game and have shown a worrying lack of form, with the arrival of Mazzarri to replace Rudi Garcia doing little to inspire improvement.
Languishing in midtable at the halfway point of the season leaves the Azzurri with plenty of work to do in the coming months to force their way into the Europa League, let alone fight back into Champions League qualification contention.
After the sensational highs of last term, this year has brought Napoli crashing back down to Earth and with just seven points picked up from the last 24 available, there is little to suggest the second half of the season will bring much joy. Indeed, the frustration boiled over as away fans threw flares onto the Olimpico pitch and booed Mazzarri‘s men off.
Osimhen’s absence keenly felt
Napoli’s hopes of pushing back up the table have been dealt a blow by the loss of star striker Victor Osimhen’s call up to Nigeria’s AFCON squad, potentially leaving him unavailable until mid-February.
In his absence, Napoli have shown a concerning lack of attacking threat and Giacomo Raspadori simply did not carry the same level of menace as Osimhen, whilst substitute Giovanni Simeone did little to back up his recent demands for more football.
Napoli need a regular supply of goals over the coming weeks and quickly or their slide down the table could become even more rapid.
Napoli need to refresh squad
Following a tame 0-0 draw against 10-man Monza before the turn of the year, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis used a press conference to take the blame for the poor season and promised new additions.
Whilst new arrival Mazzocchi made an ignominious start to life with the Azzurri, he should come good after serving his suspension but the full-back alone won’t be enough to help Napoli bounce back.
A squad that looks tired and in need of freshening up after last year’s success will only push for a top four finish with heavy investment this month, with the defence in particular requiring reinforcements.