There was born summer madness. Everything has changed in two months, but the Naples business model still contrasts with the image of a miracle or fried fish
If we get to know Aurelio De Laurentiis a little, the reference he made last night in answering a question about Naples in the standings was not at all accidental. The president claimed that he announced at a press conference (May 30) his intention to build the great Naples. “When I said we were going to make a great team, no one believed me”. And that no one, in our opinion, includes everyone. Fans and journalists. And also the one who was next to him in that conference, Luciano Spalletti, who on that day got many points among the supporters of Napoli. Images of his imitation, and his obvious skepticism, of De Laurentiis’ words, which were as follows, spread around social networks:
However, we can send a message from here, from this press conference, that we will do everything we can to bring the Scudetto back to Naples. But we must all come together. And if we don’t succeed, we will never be depressed because we are Napoli.
This conference (known as the Despicable Money Conference) had the opposite effect. Instead of reassuring fans about the immediate future of Napoli, it marked the beginning of a summer of craziness and masochism. Spalletti won many points with the field because until then he was accompanied by the company director’s tag which in Naples is somewhat equivalent to Capo (a less serious capo of course). The episodes that marked Spalletti most clearly should not be forgotten: the egg and stone protest outside the Palazzo Caracciolo after the defeat at Empoli and the shameful sign on the stolen car. The technician was very upset, and the company frankly didn’t do their best to protect him, perhaps those suspicions that came up were an understandable form of self-protection.
At the time, Spalletti was accused of missing out on the scudetto and the break with Mertens, which seemed to be sealed with some statements on TV: “If Mertens said we could have won the scudetto, say also who is responsible for the lack of success.” Everyone took De Laurentiis’ visit to the Dries house as a cue to unload the bus.
– Gianluca Gentile (@gianlo) September 20 2022
In short, this was the situation. The fact is that with this tradition Spalletti conquered fans. It was proof that he didn’t even believe the president’s intentions. Since then, De Laurentiis doesn’t talk much anymore. He had a special summer to say the least. In Dimaro – in full feud – he never appeared in public. In Castel di Sangro he was so far away, he only appeared in the last friendly match. Spalletti exchanged positions: from the harsh response to the protester to Dimaro (“silence him”), to the declaration of nostalgia (we can define Sarita with purity) on the eve of Lazio-Naples: “Should I give you a blueprint of who left and who arrived?” Of course we are far from a leader The people who became society’s number one protester. We believe that with professional training, Spalletti is a business consultant – he has provided ample evidence of this throughout his career – but adapting to the environment works for everyone. Darwin was certainly no fool.
Since the start of the season, Spalletti has been pushing in one form or another in order to shape the vision of the young, inexperienced team. It’s kind of a paraphrase of the famous “Sarri in Naples fries fish with water” phrase, a phrase that’s been around for three years only to discover instead that it was a team of very strong players.
The nostalgic vision that Spalletti, which was the vast majority of fans even a few games ago, is based in our opinion on overestimating the value of the players who have left. It’s worth doing a short check, knowing that we’re at the start of the season.
dries Mertens In Galatasaray, he has not scored a goal yet: six matches, he played 360 minutes.
to Ospina All traces are lost. Transfermarkt report appears twice with the Saudis of victory.
Lorenzo Insigne He plays in Mls, albeit well but in Mls.
Fabian Ruiz (best sold with Koulibaly) Twice in charge with PSG.
Ghoulam For the time being he has stopped playing despite the fact that there are fans who are convinced that he has not played for contractual reasons.
Finally Coulibaly Which Spalletti said was indeed the prime minister’s best defender. In fact, that’s not the case (we obviously wish him that). After a brilliant start, with goals against Tottenham, he was the protagonist of a disastrous performance for Leeds and also ended up on the bench in the Champions League at the premiere of Graham Potter, Tuchel’s successor.
On the contrary, Napoli conducted a transfer campaign that is now being praised every day by the Italian media who were fascinated in the summer by the successful hunting of the elderly by Juventus and Roma. Giuntoli, after years of living in dim light, has become Italy’s coolest sports director. Kvaratskhelia’s bullet changed his life. In our opinion, the Georgian is clearly the strongest player in Napoli but he is not the only big buy of the summer. The South Korean Kim has had a veteran influence on the Italian league. If the Napoli fans do not shout a curse, we can say that Napoli have found the new Chiellini. Certainly less harsh, though. In Milan he played a luxury match, according to the book of the central defender. The list goes on, even if it is well known. As noted today in the same Gazzetta, Naples has not yet felt the weight of Eusimene’s absence. His two alternatives, Raspadori and Simeone, proved to be luxury seats. They play and score regularly. Oliveira is slowly gaining space, he has already played at the start against Liverpool. Ndombélé is definitely a player to win back but he seems to be on the right track. Then there’s Ostigard and Sirigu.
Napoli is a very strong and strong team. Too far from the image of a young, characterless group. This is just the opposite. This is the team that has so far overcome all the difficulties it has faced on the pitch: from Verona’s first-day draw, to Lazio’s advantage, to Glasgow’s missed penalty doubling, to Milan’s draw on Sunday night. Each time he reacts and wins. So yeah, Spalletti does a great job because he’s a coach and he really showed that last year (3rd place is commendable) but the mood and character – As written by the Gazzetta – Either you have it or you don’t. And this Napoli built by De Laurentiis and Giuntoli is a real team. “I want to build Naples so bad,” he said in macho language. De Laurenti was two weeks before the press conference.
So the speech of the miracle in Naples is completely out of place (in Naples everything seems to be a miracle), as is the speech of the alchemist who turns metals into gold. Naples This is the result of planning, organization and many years of work (Because, for example, Kim and Kvaratskhelia are two footballers who have been followed for years, patiently). Just as coach selection has been studied, a coach in Italy may have been underestimated a bit too due to additional football issues.
De Laurentiis wanted to remember that conference as well because, probably, he remembered the reactions so well. Press fans as well as Spalletti. De Laurentiis was right. In some ways it doesn’t matter. The most important is to plant it with the story of the miracle, the semi-random success or “water-fried fish”. Napoli is strong in every element: the company, the technical (i.e. the coach), and the group of the team. Certainly competitive, in our opinion much stronger than last year. Then the victories depend on many factors. But trying to confirm nostalgic visions or wonders in our opinion is out of the question.