Pre Match: Napoli v Liverpool (UCL Group C ,8 pm 03,10,18)

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I just recall watching the 5-0 drubbing in pre- season... hmm. Im sure they will have upped their game since then, however, As a fan I dont fear any other team at the moment. We are to team to be feared and the team to beat.
1-2 Salah double. 3pts away win, watch out Manc !
 

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I'd probably make 2 or 3 of changes to keep things fresh before the ManC game this weekend, by starting like this.

Alisson​

Trent - Gomez - VvD - Robertson​

Gini - Fabinho - Keita​

Salah - Firmino - Shaqiri

Hopefully we can swap Salah off for Mane (with Shaqiri going to the left after 60 min).
Maybe do something similar with Gini and Milner.
 

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I have to say that I'm not that familiar with Napoli - not that much of a fan of Italian football to be honest.

I had a look at the squad on Sky's website:

https://www.skysports.com/napoli-squad

It looks like they play 4-3-3 (or possibly 4-4-2 as I think Mertens is more of an attacking midfielder). There are a few other names I recognise: Ospina I know from Arsenal, Insigne looked quite nippy when I saw him playing for Italy.

The timing of the match is interesting as this is Sarri's old club and having just played his new club it may give some indication of what to expect although the squad doesn't look anything like as strong as Chelsea's.

I suspect we will pick the regular back 5 with some minor rotation in midfield (Gini-Milner-Keita to start?) with the starting front 3 staying the same but leaving the option for Shaqiri and Sturridge to make meaningful substitutions in the second half.

Would hope to get 3 points from this as it would give us a commanding position in the group but a draw wouldn't be the end of the world.
 

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I have to say that I'm not that familiar with Napoli - not that much of a fan of Italian football to be honest.

I had a look at the squad on Sky's website:

https://www.skysports.com/napoli-squad

It looks like they play 4-3-3 (or possibly 4-4-2 as I think Mertens is more of an attacking midfielder). There are a few other names I recognise: Ospina I know from Arsenal, Insigne looked quite nippy when I saw him playing for Italy.

The timing of the match is interesting as this is Sarri's old club and having just played his new club it may give some indication of what to expect although the squad doesn't look anything like as strong as Chelsea's.

I suspect we will pick the regular back 5 with some minor rotation in midfield (Gini-Milner-Keita to start?) with the starting front 3 staying the same but leaving the option for Shaqiri and Sturridge to make meaningful substitutions in the second half.

Would hope to get 3 points from this as it would give us a commanding position in the group but a draw wouldn't be the end of the world.

What might be of concern is that having played us twice in a row, Sarri has had a chance to take a closeup look at a sizeable chunk of our first team squad first hand. He’s an incredibly shrewd and capable manager and appears to be a decent bloke. If he left Napoli on good terms he may just be prepared to give them some useful feedback on our players.

We need to take something from this game. We may just sneak all 3 points.
 

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It will be a hard game. Away in the Champions League, against a team that wanted more from their first game, with their passionate fans behind them, and a world class manager in Ancelotti. We will need to go there and fight hard to come away with three points. We can do it, and I think we will, but it will be a real test.

The preseason game has no bearing on this. By and large that’s a fitness exercise, and the teams were at a different stage of match fitness. I’m sure they didn’t like losing so heavily, but it would be a mistake for us to assume we’ve got this. We have to go there and work hard.
 
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Win this and we pretty much in the driving seat to the next round. I expect Keita to start this.
Back five to stay the same, unless there’s injuries or some knocks that need to rest for the Mancs.
We are better than them but they play at home, so it won’t be easy.
 

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With one eye on the weekend, with City playing tonight and whether they rest/rotate any players, will it have any bearing on Jurgen’s selection tomorrow?
 

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As an aside, is anyone going to the match? Naples is near Pompeii which would make for a fascinating excursion. In fact, Paris and Belgrade would both be interesting day trips as well. From that perspective it's a pretty decent group.
 

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As an aside, is anyone going to the match? Naples is near Pompeii which would make for a fascinating excursion. In fact, Paris and Belgrade would both be interesting day trips as well. From that perspective it's a pretty decent group.
Naples not on my list. Wife been there said it was pretty rough and kinda shitty.
 

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Naples not on my list. Wife been there said it was pretty rough and kinda shitty.
That's a pity. It's years since I've done the whole long-distance away game thing. I'm interested in history and archaeology so that sort of thing would appeal to me. I suppose that given the nature of most football clubs histories that the actual grounds aren't usually in the best parts of town - I mean, with the best will in the world, Anfield and Goodison Park are not really why Liverpool is a UNESCO world heritage site.
 

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As an aside, is anyone going to the match? Naples is near Pompeii which would make for a fascinating excursion. In fact, Paris and Belgrade would both be interesting day trips as well. From that perspective it's a pretty decent group.
Sorrento is just down the coast. One of my favourite destinations. Have been there more than once and try to give Naples a wide birth but no plans to go there this time.

Pompeii is very impressive as is Herculaneum. I’ve been up Vesuvius a couple of times as well and walked along the rim of the crater. Capri is worth a visit and Amalfi. A stunning part of the world and also atop of one of the planet’s volcanic calderas. Oooh ..... er .......

I will take the lad next time and visit the stadium.
 

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Expect Sturridge, Shaqiri, Kieta and Fabinho to start this. Maybe even a few more.

I want us to be fresh for Sunday against City for the 6-pointer, so a point from Naples would be fine, but I think we can win if we keep calm and get some of that finishing right.
 

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After this, we still have at 4 more matches, a potential 12 points. No need to be too worried with this away tie, I am more concerned over our league match against City in the weekend. Been years since I am this worried about a weekend match.
 

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After not winning for two matches, it would be nice to win this. At the very least, we need to avoid defeat.

Win this and the next two matches see Napoli and PSG play back to back, taking points off each other. If we win tomorrow and then get two positive results against RSB, we could be almost qualified before we play PSG and Napoli in the final two matches.

My left field selection sees Fabinho start at right back to give him more match fitness and give TAA a rest. We then bring TAA on with half an hour to go and move Fabinho into midfield for half an hour.

Henderson gets a chance to up his performance levels after a poor show at Chelsea. Gini plays having been rested last midweek, Milner gets a night off and Keita starts.

Up top I toyed with Sturridge with Mane and Salah and giving Bobby a chance to rest for City. Also with Shaqiri for Mane, as Salah clearly needs to play, especially as he's experience of Napoli away from his Roma days. Sturridge obviously played against Napoli in pre season.

Tactically I think we need to aim for a few set pieces and Sturridge could be a good free kick taker.

…………………………….Alisson
Fabinho………..Gomez...…….VVD...………..Robertson
…………..Gini...………….Hendo………..Keita
……….Salah...………….Sturridge...………….Mane

That's a good attacking left side, feeding into Sturridge coming in on his left foot and Salah coming in behind him for any leftovers.

Gini and Fabinho should be solid enough on the right, without Salah's assistance.

Subs depend on the score, but ideally I'd bring TAA for Mane at 60, pushing Fabinho into midfield and Keita into left forward.

We could then use Shaqiri for Salah after 75.
 

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Run up to tomorrow's match, Napoli been making quite a bit of noises....

First it was Ancelotti claiming how he is going to setup to play against us since the friendly the last summer....
Ancelotti lauds Liverpool, says he knows how not to play against them
“The Dublin match is an experience, it has taught us many things, for example how not to play against Liverpool,” he said.

“It was a friendly match, we did not want to focus on the opponent.
That statement tells us that Ancelotti is going to set his team up to stifle us.

The you have Insigne singling out one of our striker...
Napoli ace Lorenzo Insigne points out Liverpool’s dangerman; Ancelotti surprised by ref choice
“Firmino is the most decisive player because he comes to play between the lines and opens the spaces to his team-mates,” said Insigne at today’s news conference.
This guy knows his football, because a lot of other players would have mentioned the obvious like Salah goalscoring ability or Mane's pace. And lastly, in the same article, may be some good news for us.....
“Kassai reminds me of a bad memory for my former team and I am surprised by this appointment,” said Ancelotti.

“Not a long time has passed. Time usually heals things, but does not cancel them.
Ancelotti was extremely critical of the referee when his Bayern side went up against Real, very critical... Might favour us for once?
 
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We're going to create lots of chances and Ancelotti can't do shit about that,we are well overdue a high scoring win and i really fancy we'll do one here,Ancelotti must be shitting it.
 



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Tough Game. Carlo Ancelotti is one of the greatest managers in European Football and we can expect his team to be very very hard to beat.
Having said that, If we play to our strengths, we can expect a win, and that is what we should be pushing for.
My Team would be:
................Alisson..............
TAA..Gomez..VVD..Robbo
...Wijnaldum..Keita..Hendo..
...Salah....Sturridge....Mane..

Cant ignore Sturridge at the moment. He offers us clinical finishing.
I will give him 50-60 mins, then get Firmino.
Sub Wijaldum and Salah for Fabinho and Shaqs.
 

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Tough Game. Carlo Ancelotti is one of the greatest managers in European Football and we can expect his team to be very very hard to beat.
Having said that, If we play to our strengths, we can expect a win, and that is what we should be pushing for.
My Team would be:
................Alisson..............
TAA..Gomez..VVD..Robbo
...Wijnaldum..Keita..Hendo..
...Salah....Sturridge....Mane..

Cant ignore Sturridge at the moment. He offers us clinical finishing.
I will give him 50-60 mins, then get Firmino.
Sub Wijaldum and Salah for Fabinho and Shaqs.
Clinical and two-footed to boot (or should I say 'two boots');-);-)
 

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Clinical and two-footed to boot (or should I say 'two boots');-);-)
Sturridge two footed? He can score with his right, but misses more than making it. He had even missed about a few yards away from an open goal recently. Right foot at best, is as good as Salah's.
 
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