It’s been a busy week for Serie A. The news of the transfer window closing and the sale of the club’s main players to Real Madrid is still to come, and the rest of the top four sides have begun preparations for the upcoming Europa League final against FC Basel.
However, the main focus of the weekend’s Serie A games is Italy’s two top-ranked teams, Napoli and Inter Milan, who will face each other in the last eight-team semi-finals on Saturday.
It’s no secret that this is a crucial match for the two sides, and it is going to be one of the most entertaining matches in the history of Italian football.
For a lot of Italians, the prospect of seeing a team of their own in the final is just too much to take for granted.
As the Italian media will attest, the atmosphere of this game will be huge.
Napoli are the only Italian side in the top eight, and will be looking to prove their dominance in the league when they take on Inter Milan.
While Napoli’s chances of winning this match have never been very good, they will be hoping to build on last year’s 5-1 defeat at home to Inter Milan in the Serie A semifinals.
Napoleone has done a lot to build their squad, with Giuseppe Rinaldo, Andrea Pirlo, Andrea Barzagli and Federico Bernardeschi all coming through the ranks to earn their starting places in recent years.
While the new signings have been impressive, Inter Milan have already started to show the potential they have when it comes to talent.
They will be keen to see if they can match Napoli at home this Saturday.
Inter Milan has never lost to Napoli in Serie A, and they will have to be prepared for a very high level of competition to win this match.
In a perfect world, Napoleones players will take the field on Saturday, but there is a chance that Inter will bring in a new striker or even two to help out their defence.
Napolinese coach Antonio Conte has not yet announced his starting line-up for the match, but we can certainly expect a solid side that should be able to hold their own against a team who are currently ranked 11th in the table.
In terms of tactics, Inter are probably the best team in the world at controlling possession and scoring goals.
They are particularly dangerous in attack when they are up against a back line that is lacking in defensive strength.
Inter are unlikely to concede many chances in this match, and their opponents will have plenty of time to prepare themselves for this match before the kick-off.
For Napoli, it will be their first Europa League semi-final appearance since 1998, and this will be an extremely important match for them.
They need to win the match and go into the final having not lost to Inter since 2008.
It is not the first time that Inter have faced Napoli this season, and Inter will be expecting to win at the Stadio San Paolo, the last time that they faced each other at the San Siro.
Napolo will be aiming for their first ever final against Inter in the Europa League.
It will be the first game between these two sides in their history.
As always, this is going be a difficult match for everyone involved.
Napolitano’s side are undoubtedly the favourites in this one.
Inter will certainly be hoping that they can hold on to the points they have scored in the first leg.
If they manage to get a goal or two against the home side, they could easily be one or two up on Napoli with just a couple of points.
It may be difficult for Inter to concede goals, but their goal difference of 2.2 will definitely make them a formidable side.
Inter’s fans are going to have to wait until the last minute for their chance to see their team in action.
It would be a huge boost to see this game take place on the pitch, but this will certainly not be a cakewalk.
It won’t be easy for Napoli to take down Inter’s star players, but if the game goes according to plan, they should be on the way to an important victory.