Runner-up in the Serie A in the last campaign are set to begin a new season with a charge for the title.
However, there are doubts to that possibility seeing how defending champions Juventus reinforced their squad, while Napoli sold its best striker Gonzalo Higuain to same Juventus for a record transfer fee. Napoli added a few players but not to the quality they lost.
Reports indicate that Napoli might leave on Arkadiusz Milik as replacement for Higuain. Milik showed his capability when he scored his debut goal in a 4-1 win over Hertha Berlin. Former Liverpool goal keeper returned to the team after his Allan mistake but was later replaced by Sepe in the 46th minute as the Partenopei played the Germans in a friendly game. Faouzi Ghoulam made a mistake which Vedad Ibisevic converted to send Berlin ahead.
Napoli showed their quality when they fought back and got a creative goal when Marek Hamsik did a back flick on ball sent from the corner. The team entered another gear when coach Maurizio Sarri introduced Polish players Milik and Piotr Zielinski. Jose Callejon latched onto a Hamsik assist but couldn’t quite convert it. Few minutes later, he got another chance from a through ball from Mirko Valdiflori and sent a shot straight into the back of the goal post.
Dries Mertens tried getting the third as he tested the goal keeper a few times, then he decided to give the opportunity to new signing Malik who tipped the ball past the on-rushing goal keeper to make it 3-1. Martens was still insistent on getting a goal and Milik repaid the favour with a well timed pass that saw Mertens convert. Napoli might likely not get another number 9 – the short worn by Edison Cavani and Higuain as talks of Mauro Icardi joining from Inter Milan has died down.