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Napoli 3, Young Boys 0: Player ratings and man of the match poll

A hat trick and several other good performances highlighted a damn fine day for Napoli on the pitch as they cruised to a 3-0 victory in the Europa League.

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That was a fun match. Napoli controlled it from start to finish, a hat-trick was scored, a clean sheet was kept, and several players did very well. How does everyone shake out ratings-wise, though?


Rafael Cabral - 7 - Didn't have much to do at all today, but executed his duties perfectly when he was called upon, including snagging a highly-contested cross, and making an impressive leg save in a high-pressure moment late on to preserve the clean sheet.

Giandomenico Mesto - 6 - Considering how little Mesto has played this season, he did very well. Little got past him in defense, though he maybe could have done more to help the attack considering that he wasn't getting pressured overmuch.

Henrique Buss - 5 - Not the greatest match of Henrique's life. Struggled with his attempts to mark Hoarau, and was later mistaken for a garbage bag that was flying around the pitch. So. Yeah. Not great.

Kalidou Koulibaly - 7 - Confident. Composed. Kept Hoarau in his pocket once the marking scheme was switched up so Henrique didn't have to deal with him. Was a force in attack, both with supporting passes in open play and as a target on set pieces.

Miguel Britos - n/a - Was hurt only a few minutes in, and was clearly affected by his head injury afterwards before he was taken off. Giving him a proper rating is therefore impossible. More on this situation later.

Walter Gargano - 7 - This was actually a pretty good match for Gargano. Effort stayed high, didn't make any stupid mistakes, nor give up any sloppy fouls. Maybe the mask is a good thing.

Gokhan Inler - 5 - His tackle sprung Zapata's epic run, but otherwise Inler was either anonymous, firing off hopeless shots, or losing possession. Meh.

Dries Mertens - 7 - Mertens hasn't been great lately, and he wasn't stellar today, but he was better, especially once he overcame a rough start to the match. He created several of Napoli's better chances, and was a little unlucky not to have a goal or assist on the day.

Jonathan De Guzman - 9 - One man wrecking ball. Scored a hat trick of impressive goals, was Napoli's main creative force, and did impressive work defensively. De Guzman has struggled for much of his time on the pitch this season, but today he showed exactly why Napoli wanted to buy him this summer.

Lorenzo Insigne - 7 - Insigne struggled with his finishing, but his defensive work was top notch, and his runs and passing created a constant threat to be dealt with.

Duvan Zapata - 6 - Zapata was much better in the second half, including his bulldozing run that created Napoli's second goal, but he was not good in the first half. His touch was off, his shots were poor, and his ability to hold up the ball was non existent.


Faouzi Ghoulam - 7 - Locked down his side of the pitch, and provided danger in attack several times via overlapping runs and smart crosses. After a slow start, we're again getting the Ghoulam we fell in love with last season.

Jose Callejon - 5 - Really didn't make any significant impact after coming on. Had one shot on target, but it was a soft shot straight in to the goalkeeper's feet that caused no actual threat. Otherwise, just kinda floated around.

Gonzalo Higuain - n/a - Not enough time to really make an impact or even really grow in to the match.

So who was your man of the match today? Vote in the poll, and discuss below!