Napoli aims to win Serie A for the first time since Maradona's era with a team powered by Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen and club owner De Laurentis
|Is that the title coming? Napoli players celebrate another goal as they march on to the Scudetto. (Photo credit: Sky Italia)|
Diego Maradona may have passed on but his body must be juggling the ball or making some moves with the magic of SS Napoli in the current Serie A season.
There’s a growing belief in the "City of Maradona" that the Scudetto is going to finally land in their palms.
Greased already by the heroics of Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen and the relatively unknown Georgian international, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, they can’t stop believing.
In a season they stepped out without their rearguard stronghold Khalidou Koulibali after his sale to Chelsea, Napoli became reborn after shedding some "important" weight, and their smart scouting means they will earn huge amounts if money bags come for their talents.
Lorenzo Insigne left, Dries Mertens left, Fabian Ruiz followed and Napoli was seemingly written off for the new season.
All eyes were on the champions AC Milan, their neighbours Inter Milan, and the ever-present "Old Lady," who now needs the warmth of a man to stay alive in the league after their recent point deductions.
Napoli is currently in first place in Serie A, fifteen points ahead of the next closest team, Inter Milan.
If everything stays the same, the Scudetto, which hasn't been won by Naples since Maradona's time in 1990, is on its way to Naples.
Love him or hate him, movie buff and club owner Aurelio De Laurentis has made good on his promises of a sense of belonging and financial stability.
Ask those that try to negotiate with him; he is worse than the guy at Olympic Lyon and the struggling side of North London.
Would anyone blame him now?
Napoli is up against Frankfurt in the round of 16 in the Champions League; this team is capable of taking everyone to the cleaners and even going all the way to win the big one in May.
Juliano Spaletti’s side has only lost once in the league this season, and that was the 1-0 loss at Inter on the 4th of January.
Every component of the machine is working fine.
Experience counts for something for the advanced players, while the kids on the block know exactly what to do to keep it moving.
Nothing is going wrong at Naples, and it won’t be wrong to start planning for a title parade.