Napoli often enjoy utilising the flanks, with their full-backs pushing on, but Inter boss Roberto Mancini adopted a similar approach in ensuring Hernanes and Mateo Kovacic regularly received the ball out wide, only for them to persistently falter within the final third.
However, none of their continental fixtures so far this season will prepare the Partenopei for the daunting challenge which awaits.
They counter-attack at lightning speed, which makes it hugely dangerous for any team to lose possession in advanced positions. Meanwhile, on home turf they're just as capable of taking the initiative in games, which showcases their fl博彩网投exibility and adaptability to differing situations.
Playmaker Kevin de Bruyne has shown himself to be an intelligent operator behind the main striker, a role filled more recently by free-scoring Dutchman Bas Dost. His physicality, coupled with De Bruyne's exquisite passing ability, has been a key feature recently for Die Wölfe in scaling heights unseen since their 2008-09 title-winning campaign.
On the flip side of the coin, surely the Neapolitans would assume the favourites’tag should 明升888they dispose of the current leaders in the betting –and deservedly so in such a scenario.
Though Napoli should theoretically prove a tougher proposition than their beleaguered Serie A rivals, illustrated by a nine-point gap between the pair domestically, a record of just one victory in their last five League matches hardly inspires confidence.
Their quarter-final opponents Wolfsburg put paid to Inter's hopes in the previous round and are many people's favourites to go all the way. The maturity they displayed in dismantling the Nerazzurri must serve as a warning to Benitez's men – lose the first leg and they'll encounter a clinical outfit who know exactly what’s required in order to close out a tie.
The side currently second in the Bundesliga travelled to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on the back of an impressive 3-1 triumph in the Volkswagen Arena. They contained much of the threat posed by an Inter side desperate to get back into the contest in Milan, whilst punishing the Nerazzurri's errors to the absolute maximum.
Napoli swept to victory over Dinamo Moscow by a 3–1 aggregate score-line in the last 16, meaning they have suffered only one defeat throughout the tournament. That was 2-0 at Swiss side Young Boys back in October’s group phase.
The Wolves are a supremely fit and powerful unit, with a strong squad ready to claim silverware and it will take a Herculean effort from the boys in blue if they are to overcome what amounts to the most imposing of obstacles.
Benitez looked on as his side earned a solid 0-0 draw in Moscow on Thursday evening to progress, and must pray for a similar result in Germany. If they alternatively end up chasing the game at the San Paolo, it's highly probable that Dieter Hecking's men will pick them off at will.
Bayern Munich are the dominant force in German football, but this burgeoning bunch from the North-West of the country are st银河棋牌eadily gaining ground, as evidence by their 4-1 thrashing of the reigning champions immediately following the winter break.