Napoli had a poor form in recent months – despite winning the last game with four goals in midweek, Carlo Ancelotti was sacked because of his poor relationship with De Aurelio De Laurentiis. AC Milan legend and former manager Gennaro Gattuso took charge of the club and it was the first game of him as a Napoli manager.
Parma did very fine in this campaign, before the game they had 21 points in the Serie A – same with Napoli. In the past six games, they only lost one of them, while securing a win on Roma. They looked for all three points in the San Paolo.
The first lineup for Gattuso’s Napoli was in a 4-3-3 formation, with Alex Meret in goal; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Mário Rui, Konstantinos Manolas, and Kalidou Koulibaly formed the back four, but as Koulibaly was later injured early in this game, he was then replaced by Sebastiano Luperto; Allan, Piotr Zieliński and Fábian Ruiz were the midfield trio; and José Callejón, Arkadiusz Milik, and Lorenzo Insigne were the front three.
Roberto D’Aversa also played his team in a 4-3-3 formation. Luigi Sepe was in goal, with Matteo Darmian, Riccardo Gagliolo, Simone Iacoponi, and Bruno Alves as the defenders. Gastón Brugman, Hernani, Antonio Barrilà started in the midfield. Dejan Kulusevski, Andreas Cornelius and Gervinho started ahead of the midfielders.
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