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Sunday September 20 2020
Highlights: Parma 0-2 Napoli

Napoli started their season with a 2-0 victory away to Parma, as Victor Osimhen came off the bench to inspire Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne goals.

The Partenopei initially set out in the traditional 4-3-3 formation and had huge problems breaking down Fabio Liverani’s Ducali at the Stadio Tardini.

It was only after Osimhen came on to shift their tactics towards a 4-2-3-1 that the balance of the match changed completely.

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Sunday September 20 2020
Gattuso: 'Osimhen is an added bonus'

Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso praised Victor Osimhen after his inspiring debut in the 2-0 win against Parma. ‘He has a great attitude’

The Nigerian came on to completely change the game for the Partenopei, who had struggled to break through the Parma defence in the first 60 minutes of the match.

“It’s not about numbers, but the principles of football,” Gattuso told DAZN.

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Sunday September 20 2020
Mertens: 'Osimhen can make the difference'

Dries Mertens scored the opener in a 2-0 win against Parma and said Napoli new-boy Victor Osimhen ‘can make the difference’ this season.

The two sides struggled with the heat at lunch time this Sunday and Mertens admits Parma tired after the break, when he and Lorenzo Insigne scored twice to kill the game.

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Thursday September 17 2020
Petagna ready to fight for a place at Napoli

Andrea Petagna enjoys the competition at Napoli and revealed ‘it’s an honour to train’ with the Partenopei stars Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne.

Petagna was signed in January but returned to finish the season on loan at SPAL before joining his new side this summer.

The 25-year-old is one of two new strikers at the San Paolo, as Victor Osimhen has been signed from Olympique Lyonnais and Petagna expects tough competition for a place in the side.

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Monday September 14 2020
Osimhen benched for Napoli opener

Gennaro Gattuso will reportedly leave Victor Osimhen on the bench to begin with in Napoli’s Serie A season opener with Parma.

The coach was expected to test out his starting XI during a friendly against Sporting CP last night, but that was cancelled at the last minute after the Portuguese team had several COVID-19 positive tests.

According to Radio Kiss Kiss, Napoli will initially leave record-breaking signing Osimhen on the bench against Parma on Sunday.

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Friday August 28 2020
Osimhen hat-trick shines for Napoli

Victor Osimhen scored a hat-trick in the first eight minutes of Napoli’s 11-0 friendly win over L’Aquila, with Lorenzo Insigne's treble, Dries Mertens and Chucky Lozano braces too.

The Partenopei officially began their pre-season preparations with a mini-tournament against local teams Castel di Sangro and L’Aquila.

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Sunday August 23 2020
Napoli change system for Osimhen

The arrival of Victor Osimhen could prompt Gennaro Gattuso to change the Napoli system to a 4-2-3-1.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, the 4-3-3 would not be suitable, because Dries Mertens is now too old to play entirely on the wing of a trident attack and would struggle with the extra work-load.

Instead, the coach is believed to be planning a 4-2-3-1 system with Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne and Eljif Elmas or Piotr Zielinski in support.

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Sunday August 9 2020
Napoli bid farewell to Callejon

Napoli players and staff have been saying goodbye to Jose Callejon, who has played his final game for the club after seven years.

The 33-year-old’s contract expired in June and he agreed to remain on until the end of their Champions League campaign, despite not taking a salary for that period.

It was his final parting gift to the club he first joined from Real Madrid in 2013.

Callejon leaves after 349 competitive games for Napoli, in which he scored 82 goals and provided 78 assists.

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Saturday August 8 2020
Mertens: 'Napoli forgot what to do'

Dries Mertens feels Napoli ‘gifted’ the Champions League Round of 16 tie to Barcelona. ‘After conceding, we forgot what we were supposed to do.’

The Belgian hit the woodwork within two minutes at Camp Nou, but despite all their pressure and chances, the Partenopei emerged with a 3-1 defeat, going out 4-2 on aggregate.

“We did well in the first 10 minutes, then just gifted them the game,” Mertens told Sky Sport Italia.

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Thursday July 30 2020
Mertens: 'I'll help Osimhen and Petagna'

Dries Mertens vows to help Victor Osimhen and Andrea Petagna settle at Napoli next season and wants to go to Barcelona to ‘write history’ in Catalonia.

Napoli lost 2-0 to Inter last time and Mertens wants to bounce back immediately and end the season with a win against Lazio on Saturday.

“On Saturday we have an important match against Lazio and we must be confident and ready,” Mertens told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

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