Sunday, 2 July 2017

Napoli friendly for Cherries will set tempo for new season

AFCB announced another pre-season friendly over the weekend with SSC Napoli due to fly in to Dean Court for a match on Saturday 6th August. I believe AC Milan were the last team to visit AFCB from Italy and in some ways this game may trump the Valencia match which is a re-run of a fixture held in pre-season last year.
Junior Stanislas and Stephen Purches discuss matters.
Junior may not play any of the pre-season friendlies having
had an operation at the end of last season.
Measuring up against the quality of Napoli will be very difficult as they are another regular Champions League side, but AFCB have to star playing the best teams if they are going to progress again. Eddie Howe will be able to test himself against Maurizio Sari who guided Napoli to third last season behind Juventus and Roma on 86 points, having won 26 of their 38 matches. In fact, Napoli only lost four games all season which was lower than any other team in Serie A. That compares with compares with AFCB's 46 points and 12 wins and 16 defeats in the Premier League.

Napoli are currently looking for a left back having had a bid rejected for Liverpool's Alberto Moreno, according to This is Anfield

AFCB fans may not know too many of the Napoli players but if we think back to the last World Cup, there was an influential midfielder in Solvakia's team who England fans will recall that was memorable for his shooting as well as his hairstyle – Marek Hamsik. Their star man though is probably Italian international, Lorenzo Insigne, who is a £45m rated midfielder according to HITC. Striker Dries Mertens of Belgium is another player that may be known to some fans as he scored 33 goals last season and has become a highly-prized forward.

Keeping Napoli quiet then will be a massive challenge for AFCB and you can expect Howe to play his strongest side against them. 

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