Napoli stumbles, for a few weeks. Genaro Gattuso could be sacked soon and it seems that his last chance tonight (18.55) is when he chases two minus goals (0: 2) against Granada in the rematch of the 16th Europa League final.
The Neapolitans have no choice, they have to rush to the goal of the guests from Andalusia with all their weapons, who surprised the winner of the Italian Cup in the first match at home. The former player of Milan is aware that the team is not playing well.
Gattuso has had many problems with key players' injuries in recent weeks. Viktor Oismhen was injured in Bergamo on Sunday. The Nigerian striker collided on the field, he had to be in the hospital and he will not be able to help his friends in the rematch against the Spanish club.
The good news for the Neapolitans is that the experienced Belgian striker Dries Mertens has finally recovered. "Mertens starts on the bench. He can play for 20 to 25 minutes. He has not been on the field for a long time.
We will see how much space we can give him against Granada," Gattuso said before the match and announced that the Belgian could be a joker, especially in the finish.
Gattuso on his team
The former player of Milan is aware that the team is not playing well.
"Criticism is deserved. At the moment, things are not going well. The responsibility is mine because I am the coach. We are going through a negative moment and we are playing below our capabilities.# "We are wearing a historical jersey and representing a fantastic city.
We have to take responsibility, and I am primarily responsible. Now we have to achieve results and there is no point in just talking. What we are doing is not enough. We need to talk less and to act more, that's for sure," Gattuso said.
In addition to Osimhen, another striker, Andrea Petagna, is out. Mertens cannot endure the whole match, and the advantage of the guests must be attacked. Mateo Politano could be in the attack. Albanian Hysay and German Demme are also out.
Leader of defense Koulibaly recovered, he played for the weekend in Bergamo, when Napoli was defeated by Atalanta (2: 4). Lorenzo Insigne is suffering from back pain, but he is expected to be Napoli's striker. Both teams are in bad shape.
Napoli has four defeats in the last five games, while the Andalusians have only celebrated once in the previous six matches.