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Napoli 3, Slovan Bratislava 0: Player ratings and Man of the Match poll

Napoli absolutely dominated the run of play today, and several players put in top-notch performances.

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This win for Napoli over Slovan Bratislava was excellent from start to finish. Napoli absolutely dominated every phase of play, scoring three top-notch goals along the way. In addition to the wonderful team effort, there were some excellent individual performances to look at as well.


Mariano Andujar - 5 - Not exactly inspiring in his first start of the season. Has a lot of rust to shake of, obviously, but he looked extremely shaky on every ball in to the box, low or high, and the one try at a punch he made he whiffed on and nearly gifted Slovan a goal.

Christian Maggio - 6 - Locked down his flank defensively and contributed some, but not a ton, to the attack. Solid if unspectacular day, but honestly didn't need to do much.

Kalidou Koulibaly - 6 - Didn't have a lot to do defensively, but did it cleanly. Caused some havoc on attacking set pieces, which is always good.

Miguel Britos - 6 - See Koulibaly's entry, minus the havoc on attacking set pieces.

Faouzi Ghoulam - 7 - Was a constant nuisance in attack, and his head's up play around the box helped save what looked like a lost sequence, instead turning it in to the cross that assisted Zapata's goal.

Walter Gargano - 6 - No mistakes in defense, nothing sterling in attack. We'll take it.

Gokhan Inler - 7 - Supported the attack well and snuffed out a few tries Slovan had at attacking through the middle. Had one shot from range that only just went wide. Actually lead all players in touches on the day.

Jose Callejon - 7 - Solid driving effort in attack. Could have had two or three goals, but poor luck kept him off the scoresheet. His runs opened up a lot for Napoli's attacking efforts. Probably his best performance in weeks on a whole.

Marek Hamsik - 9 - A fantastic goal, a smart assist on the opener to put Mertens in space, and absolutely dominated against his old club. Hamsik dictated and drove play in a way that we haven't seen from him for awhile. Hopefully this helps kick off another good run of form and gets the fans off his back.

Dries Mertens - 8 - A fine goal and assist, and a very good hour of play for Mertens. Could have had another goal or two, including a cheeky lob of the keeper that just barely went too high. His set pieces in particular were dangerous for Napoli, including the lobbed free kick that Hamsik backheeled in.

Duvan Zapata - 8 - Performances like today's are why many feel Zapata deserves more playing time. He used his physical advantage to dominate Slovan's central defenders, opening up tons of space for Napoli's attack. A phenomenal run helped set up his late goal, and he fully deserved the raucous applause he received as he came off the pitch.


Jonathan De Guzman - 7 - De Guzman didn't score or have an assist, but he went to the left flank in place of Mertens and kept up the pressure on the defense with several clever runs, and used his passing sense to set up several chances for Napoli. This purchase looks better and better every week for Napoli.

Giandomenico Mesto - 6 - Didn't have a lot to do after coming on, but did it well.

Gonzalo Higuain - n/a - The match was over and done by the time Pipita came on. Only registered five touches as the final minutes ticked away.

Who was your Man of the Match for Napoli against Slovan Bratislava? Vote in the poll below, and discuss the performances in the comments!