The main clash of Serie A this weekend will see Napoli host Milan at Stadio São Paulo tomorrow, as two title contenders square off in a match that will feature top African talents, including Kalidou Koulibaly, Ismael Bennacer and Franck Kessie . Victor Osimhen is doubtful due to injury.
Milan have been the sensation of the 2020-21 season so far, and Rossoneri coach Stefano Pioli has expressed his delight at the way his players have responded to his methods and tactics. “What I see is that my players are happy and satisfied, but we have much more to do,” explained Pioli.
Napoli meanwhile have seen inconsistencies in their game early in the season, with coach Gennaro Gattuso insisting that the hectic schedule and tough competition near the top of the league largely explain their form.
Gattuso said. “We will try to get into the top four. It is a very strong league this season, all teams are intelligent, they change shape and it is very difficult to find a way. I see my Napoli team. We are not as sharp as before, but with a I play every two or three days, that’s to be expected. “
In England, Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester City in London today, and the Lilywhites and coach José Mourinho are looking to make a declaration of intent.
The Spurs have been one of the most impressive teams to show themselves earlier this season and the power of their attack, which features Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and the return of Gareth Bale, marks them as a genuine threat.
“It is very early but our motivation is clear. For us, we go to every game to try to win. We know that this is not possible, but that is our ambition. We will participate in every game, regardless of the competition, believing that we can win, ”said the versatile Eric Dier.
Elsewhere in England’s top flight this round, Chelsea will have a shot at three away points when they visit Newcastle United; Manchester United will be desperate for a home Premier League victory when they host West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford; and Liverpool host Leicester City in a potential thriller at Anfield.
There will also be an intriguing clash between Leeds United and Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta looking to test his wits against Marcelo Bielsa’s tactical talents in what should be a match of incredible intensity at Elland Road.