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Palermo 3, Napoli 1: Player ratings and Man of the Match poll

That match sucked and most of Napoli's players sucked right along with it. Who sucked the least, though?

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Napoli were flat and got absolutely pantsed by a very aggressive and efficient Palermo side. Did anyone actually play well enough to be regarded as a Man of the Match?


Rafael Cabral - 4 - I'm one of Rafael's staunchest supporters, but this match was not one of his finest hours. Could have done much better on two of Napoli's goals - though other factors certainly applied - and looked generally shaky all match long.

Christian Maggio - 4 - Floated between "anonymous" and "poor" all match long. A major part of Palermo's third goal was him going to sleep despite facing down the teeth of a counter attack.

Raul Albiol - 4 - Partly responsible for two goals and might just have a "Property of Paulo Dybala" brand on him after that horrid display.

Miguel Britos - 3 - See Maggio's entry, except replace "poor" with "godawful."

Ivan Strinic - 4 - First poor performance with Napoli. Got caught too high up the pitch on some counters, and his normally reliable crossing was off the mark. Please come back to us, Good Strinic.

David Lopez - 4 - Looked a step slow all match long and lacked his usual solidity in possession as well.

Jorginho - 5 - Too often anonymous on the pitch, too shaky in possession, too mediocre today. It'd be a cause of greater concern for his future form, but, well, pretty much everyone stank today.

Jose Callejon - 5 - Utterly anonymous until almost the end of the match. Basically lived in Lazaar's pocket.

Marek Hamsik - 7 - In the first hour of the match, the only good thing Napoli had going was Hamsik. Time and again he made things happen in midfield and tried to set up chances, but no one around him was playing well enough to finish them off. Then he took a knock and had to come out. Woo.

Jonathan De Guzman - 3 - Stop. Shooting. You. Numpty.

Gonzalo Higuain - 3 - Got utterly neutralized and let his frustration get the better of him too many times, earning him a yellow card and a suspension in the next league match.


Manolo Gabbiadini - 7 - Scored Napoli's lone goal with a nice little flick-on that left Palermo's goalkeeper rooted to his spot, and paired well with Duvan Zapata late to create some actual drive to the attack.

Walter Gargano - 6 - Helped add a little defensive stability to midfield when it was badly needed. It wasn't fancy, but it worked.

Duvan Zapata - 7 - Didn't score, but allowed Napoli to play much more direct, aggressive football, and boy was it needed in that stretch of the match.


Who was your Napoli man of the match against Palermo today? Vote in the poll below and discuss the performances in the comments!