Napoli are going to need any advantage they can get in this upcoming Serie A season — and according to Allan, that advantage comes in the form of a very important secret weapon.
And what is that secret weapon, you ask? That secret weapon is fun.
Considering how well we played last term, it was a bitter ending to only finish third and we dropped some valuable points, but this year we want to reach our full potential. We have many quality players and all work for the team.
The Scudetto is no longer a taboo and we’ve got to try. If our opponents don’t put a foot wrong, then we’ll have to see what happens, but the important thing is that we’re up there. [...] Our strength at Napoli is in the group, as we are so united. We really care about each other and have great fun. That could be our secret weapon.
-Translated quote source: Football Italia
That may sound like something to just laugh off and discount, but there can actually be something to what Allan is saying. Napoli have always seemed to be a team that’s tightly bonded, but when they’re playing at their best, it’s when they’re loose and free and having fun. If they manage to find a way to keep the fun going all season long, that could help them take another step forward in team quality.
Of course, there’s also going to be some bumps along the way. Not everything will be perfect, and how Napoli handle those imperfections will be very telling for their final position in the campaign. Napoli haven’t always dealt with hardship well in the last few seasons, but if they can turn that around and keep things loose, they could really turn themselves into a massive threat.
So keep on having fun, Napoli. The more fun you have, the more fun we’re all going to have at the end of the season.