Defeats to Juventus and Lazio have left Napoli not only six points adrift of third place, but also in a situation comparatively a lot worse than last season.
After falling 3-0 in Turin and 3-1 in Rome in the past two weeks and managing only two points from the previous two games against Udinese and Catania, Walter Mazzarri’s side find themselves cut adrift in the race for the third and final Champions League qualification spot.
As the Corriere dello Sport reveal, such has been their recent downturn, that only Inter are in fact in a worse state statistically than the Vesuviani, when comparing this stage of the season to last term.
After 31 rounds of action played in 2010-11, Napoli sat second in the table on 62 points, whilst after 31 rounds of this season, they sit fifth, with only 48 points collected. Only Inter, with 15 points fewer than last term, are in a worse off state in terms of points earned between this season and last.
Conversely, this season’s League leaders Juventus are 17 points better off now than at this same stage of last season.
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