Published On: Tue, Feb 23rd, 2016

A tactical reflection of Napoli v AC Milan

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niang milan napoliNapoli and AC Milan played out a very intriguing 1-1 draw at Stadio San Paolo on Monday night.

The home side missed the chance to go top after Giacomo Bonaventura’s 43rd-minute effort cancelled out Lorenzo Insigne’s strike scored five minutes prior.

Starting Line Ups:

Napoli initially lined up with a lopsided 4-3-3 formation, before settling into a 4-5-1 when out of possession. Lorenzo Insigne played on the left and persistently looked to link with Faouzi Ghoulam and captain Marek Hamsik on the flank. Jorginho acted as the anchor which allowed Allan more freedom to distribute the ball to the attackers. As for the right-hand side, Jose Callejon looked to make his usual arcing runs whenever Gonzalo Higuain was in possession.

Milan set up the same 4-4-2 that they have favoured in recent times. Both wingers, Keisuke Honda and Giacomo Bonaventura sought any opportunity to cut inside; thus making their structure very narrow. M’Baye Niang drifted out wide, leaving Carlos Bacca as the main target for much of the game. Juraj Kucka was given a license to get forward as Riccardo Montolivo sat slightly deeper.

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