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Are Napoli the best team in Europe at the moment?

Napoli have won every game in Serie A this season, scoring 15 goals in the process and conceding just twice

History was made this weekend following Napoli’s 6-0 win against Benevento.

The club have now won nine Serie A games in a row for the first time in their history.

Leaving the history books at home for a second to focus on the present, you could make a strong case for Napoli being the best side in Europe at the moment.


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The best team in Europe?

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The best team in Europe?

Only PSG, Monaco, Man City and Man United have scored more league goals than Napoli, but all four have played more games this season.

Their defensive record holds up against the best as well, with only two players- Atalanta’s Bryan Cristante and Verona’s Giampaolo Pazzini- scoring past Pepe Reina in Serie A games.

‘But what about their passing?’ we hear you shouting.

Against Benevento 840 of Napoli’s 910 passes found their intended target. How’s that for accuracy?

Anyone who has had the pleasure of watching Napoli this season will be familiar with their high-octane style of play under manager Maurizio Sarri.

The Italian favours a 4-3-3 tactic with full-backs Elseid Hysaj and Faouzi Ghoulam pushing high up the pitch, safe in the knowledge that the colossus frame of Kalidou Koulibaly can sweep up anything coming the other way.

You’re always in safe hands when Kalidou is around

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You’re always in safe hands when Kalidou is around

Jorginho, arguably one of Europe’s most underrated midfielders, plays the pivot role, linking defence with attack, while Marek Hamsik and one of Allan or Piotr Zielinski are more free to roam.

The real fireworks in the side can be found at the top of the pitch in Napoli’s MIC- Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon.

You’ll struggle to find a smaller attacking trio in Europe but what they lack in size they make up for in devastating pace and movement.

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Who’s the shortest?

Merten’s hat-trick against Benevento took his tally for the season to five, with Insigne on one goal and Callejon on two.

Insigne has also chipped in with four assists in four games.

The only blip of the season came last week when Napoli slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk in their opening Champions League fixture.

But that just makes their games against Man City in October even more mouth watering.

Bellissimo.

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Forget BBC or MSN, it’s all about MIC

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