As we reach the third matchday of the Champions League the groups begin to become a little more clear. The opening matchday tends to be chaotic and the second sees teams moving more towards pre-tournament expectations. Going into this match the picture in group E is anything but clear. Napoli started their campaign with an impressive 2-0 victory over Liverpool while RB Salzburg blew past Genk 6-2. In the second matchday, Napoli could only draw with Genk while the Austrian side lost a close game at Liverpool having initially mounted an impressive comeback. This third match then would set the scene for the three return matches still to come.

Napoli, under the experienced Carlo Ancelotti, have now fully transitioned away from the 4-3-3 structure favoured by their former coach Maurizio Sarri. It remained to be seen, however, if this structure would survive the extreme high tempo favoured by the American coach Jesse Marsch and his RB Salzburg side.

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