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Trabzonspor 0, Napoli 4: Player ratings and Man of the Match poll

Napoli put together a stellar team performance, but who stood out on an individual level?

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That was a pretty fantastic match all around from Napoli, defying all odds and expectations en route to a 4-0 battering of Trabzonspor away from the comforts of Italy. Who was the key man for Napoli today, though? Read our match ratings and decide for yourself!


Mariano Andujar - 7 - There wasn't a ton for Andujar to do today, and that's fine. He made a couple of pretty decent stops, though as per usual his distribution and efforts on crosses and other high balls could have been better. A couple of Trabzonspor's shots came as a result of balls that Rafael would have dealt with via a grab or punched clearance.

Henrique - 7 - Scored the opening goal by being in the right place at the right time and paying attention in that moment. One of those things is sheer luck, but the other is something a lot of players might not have been doing in the moment Kouliably was shooting from point-blank range. Unspectacular in open play, but solid on a whole, which is a vast improvement from some of his recent performances.

Raul Albiol - 6 - His ball over the top to set up Gabbiadini's goal was sublime, and he was solid defensively in the first half. Struggled some against Cardozo in the second half after Trabzonspor managed to tweak their tactics to get the striker away from Koulibaly.

Kalidou Koulibaly - 7 - Shut down Trabzonspor's best goalscorer in the first half, and once Cardozo was shifted away from him in the second, Koulibaly contented himself with being a beast on set pieces and shutting down anything that came his way in open play. Please stop randomly benching him, Rafa.

Faouzi Ghoulam - 8 - So. Good. Dominated Yilmaz in defense, and kept Atik on his heels in attack. It was a vintage display from Ghoulam, and only further reinforces the fact that Napoli have two of the best left backs in Italy, if not the two best. That's a wonderful problem to have.

Walter Gargano - 6 - Had very little to do in attack or defense, then got subbed off at halftime for no apparent reason. So. Yeah. Hi Walter. Nice seeing you.

Gokhan Inler - 7 - Inler's deserved a lot of stick for his performances on the pitch for the last couple of months, but today he was actually pretty darn good. Served as a hub of possession all match long, kept Aydogdu pretty well contained, and got his trademark Shot From Long Range on frame. More of that please, Gokhan.

Manolo Gabbiadini - 9 - This kid is just good. What's more, he's fun too. Absolutely dominated Trabzonspor's back line, beating his man for pace consistently, no matter who they put on him. His run and assist for Higuain's goal in the first half were note-perfect, and the controlling touch and turn on his goal were simply unfair.

Jonathan De Guzman - 5 - You don't often see a central attacking mid get bypassed by his teammates, but -- well, that's exactly what happened to De Guzman today. He lost possession a few times early in the match, and everyone around him pretty much said "forget this, we're doing it ourselves." That's, uh... that's not a great sign. Oh, and he whiffed on another good chance for a goal, but at least this time he had a difficult pass to blame.

Dries Mertens - 7 - Mertens has had some shaky performances lately, but this was much, much better. He was more active, more effective in possession and pressing, and disruptive with his runs. Hopefully this is a sign that he might just possibly be rounding back in to form. Missing his penalty by blazing low and wide was not a great look, though. It's probably past time to take him off the primary penalty-taking list.

Gonzalo Higuain - 8 - Pipita dominated Trabzonspor's back line, making Medjani and Demir look bad time after time after time. His goal was an easy one, but it was easy in part thanks to a brilliant stop-start feinting run to the far post. Also had a gorgeous shot that just didn't quite curl back enough enough and cracked off the frame, and was a much better part of Napoli's possession and creation in the final third than he's been in awhile.


David Lopez - 6 - Lopez was quiet but effective in his half on the pitch, and looked like he was getting some energy back, which he's lacked in his last couple of outings.

Jose Callejon - 6 - Wasn't as involved as you'd like to see for how long he was on the pitch, but Callejon did pretty alright for the most part. Had one odd moment when he kind of double-clutched at a shot that wound up being blocked.

Duvan Zapata - 7 - Wasn't on the pitch long, but used his physicality to disrupt a tiring Trabzonspor back line, which lead to his goal, a poached effort in a scrum in the box. It's nice to see him get to stretch his legs and build his confidence a bit going in to a key start coming up on Monday.


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