Just after the fanfare and rave reviews that followed Victor Osimhen’s big-money move to Napoli, there were a few raised eyebrows when Gennaro Gattuso left the marksman on the bench in Gli Azzurri’s Serie A opener at Parma. To a very good, the abiding memory of supporters from the game might be of the marksman changing the game after his introduction on the hour. Without question, the former Lille striker’s entrance saw the side from Naples score twice in the final 30 minutes.
Actually, on paper, Gattuso’s team lined up in a 4-3-3 with Dries Mertens deployed as a false number nine, flanked by Lorenzo Insigne and Hirving Lozano. Diego Demme was the holding midfielder with Piotr Zielinski and Fabian Ruiz either side, while the back four comprised Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Konstantinos Manolas, Kalidou Koulibaly and Elseid Hysaj. David Ospina was in goal. With Napoli now going all out for the result with a change of shape which morphed into a 4-2-3-1 out of possession, which key moments underlined the Super Eagle’s influence on Sunday afternoon?