Three takeaways from Verona 1-3 Napoli: Kvaratskhelia and Politano shine in Osimhen’s absence

The pressure is on Napoli and Rudi Garcia but great performances from Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Matteo Politano led to an important victory over Verona in Serie A.

Napoli's Khvicha Kvaratskhelia celebrates. [Getty]

Napoli recorded a dominant 3-1 victory over Hellas Verona at the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi on Serie A Matchday 9 to ease the pressure on coach Rudi Garcia.

The Azzurri had a commanding lead by half time thanks to goals from Matteo Politano and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who proved to be the key players for Napoli across the afternoon.

It was Kvaratskhelia who made it 3-0 in the second half after an assist from Politano, the dup stepping up in the absence of Victor Osimhen. This win means that Garcia will be granted more time to get things right at Napoli.

Kvaratskhelia enjoys another visit to the Bentegodi

Fans may recall the first time that Khvicha Kvaratskhelia found the back of the net in Serie A and caused fans to learn how to say his name. It was the opening day of the 2022/23 season and almost nobody had heard of the Georgian, but he headed in an equaliser for Napoli at the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi and went on to produce a fine performance.

He scored the third of the game as Politano released him and he nonchalantly approached goal, cut inside of the defender, and rolled it into the bottom corner.

Napoli fans will be hoping that his impressive performance in this clash will be a fresh launchpad for Kvaratskhelia as his previous goal at the Bentegodi was. He has really struggled to make much of an impact so far under Rudi Garcia, this being his third Serie A goal of the season, and Napoli are a much poorer team without an in-form Kvaratskhelia.

Politano continues to shine under Garcia

Whilst the start to the season under Rudi Garcia has not been ideal, a shining light has been the form of Matteo Politano. He got Napoli off to the perfect start with another goal against Verona. That was his fourth of the season and he also got his third assist of the season as he set up Kvaratskhelia‘s second.

There is more pressure on him to perform this season given he is not being rotated with Hirving Lozano anymore, but he is stepping up to the plate and becoming a key player right when Garcia needs all the help that he can get. Oddly, Politano‘s last nine Serie A goals have been away from home.

Napoli can be a threat without Osimhen

Napoli players celebrate. [@sscnapoli]

There were immediate fears about how threatening Napoli would be here with Victor Osimhen out injured, but there is evidence that they can still be very dangerous without him.

When Kvaratskhelia and Politano are able to play as well as they did, and players like Giacomo Raspadori and Jens Cajuste can create plenty of problems and bring the wide players into things, there are plenty of goals in the team.

They are better with Osimhen, that is a fact, but Napoli under Garcia are not a lost cause without the Nigerian leading the line.