The slump has seen Lazio pull away and begin their own intriguing fight for second place with Roma, but more worryingly Sampdoria have now moved into fourth and Fiorentina remain a point behind Napoli.
Napoli have strug博彩充值gled for goals recently after a prolific start to the season, and those that accuse them of being Gonzalo Higuain-dependent will be looking smug as there is no doubting that the Partenopei provide half the threat when the Argentine isn’t on top of his game.
Benitez’s furious tirade at the end of the match that saw him sent off will not only have been a result of poor refereeing, but yet another example of kamikaze defending that has seen his side drop points.
Rafa Benitez can’t even claim that the fixture list has been against them. In fact, in that time they have also suffered defeats to Torino and Verona and required a last-gasp equaliser on Sunday to earn a point against relegation-threatened Atalanta.
Napoli have conceded 36 goals this season, a tally that only seven teams in the entire league have exceeded. If Benitez still holds out any hope of reclaiming a Champions League spot before the end of the season, he would be better off putting his defenders through drills on the training ground rather than moaning about referees.
The club have made far too much of a habit of conceding defensive howlers. However, it hasn’t only been howlers and in fact their overall defensive record is extremely poor for a team with top-three aspirations.
The Vesuviani had been comfortably cruising in third place and looked set to make it their own before a defeat to Palermo on Valentine’s Day started a run of one win in six league games.
Things have got desperate enough at the San Paolo now that Napoli resorted to pointing the finger at the officiating of their matches in order to scrape together a justification of their poor form.
One team that took a huge step towards a top-three finish were Roma, who beat Cesena 1-0 to record their first league win since February 8 and stave off the threat of Lazio overtaking them. The Biancoceleste continued their fine form with a sixth consecutive league win against Verona, thanks to goals from the irrepressible Felipe Anderson and Antonio Candreva.
Juventus’s stroll towards the Scudetto took another step with a 1-0 win over Genoa and Sampdoria’s 1-0 win over Inter came courtesy of new Azzurri call-up Eder, a result that moves the Blucerchiati into fourth place.
The solace for Napoli fans comes in the shape of an impressive Europa League campaign. A quarter-final with Wolfsburg looms and the question that will now be forming in Benitez’s mind is – Do we stand a better chance of Champions League football by winning the Europa League than qualification through Serie A?
The club were adamant that Mauricio Pinilla had committed a foul when he nicked the ball of a dozing Paulo Henrique to give the visitors the lead, but claims that it was a ‘shameful’ decision that was ‘not suited to Serie A and 365bet体育排名falsified 大发赌球the League’ somehow miss the point.