Hirving Lozano bagged a brace as Napoli thumped Atalanta 4-1 on Saturday, days after they had been punished for failing to flip up for his or her final Serie A recreation in opposition to Juventus.
Napoli was handed a 3-0 defeat and one-point deduction for not touring to Turin earlier this month after recording two instances of coronavirus.
But Gennaro Gattuso’s facet picked up the place they left off earlier than the controversy, with a 3rd win in as many league video games they’ve performed.
“I’ve heard say that we didn’t want to go (to Turin), it’s not true,” stated Gattuso.
“I’m angrier than anyone that we weren’t allowed to go.”
Napoli maintained they’d to stay in isolation on native well being authority directions.
“Juventus are a team under construction,” continued Gattuso. “I had the feeling that we could play that match like we did today.”
Mexican ahead Lozano scored two quick-fire objectives within the first half, having additionally picked up a brace in Napoli’s earlier accomplished match — a 6-0 win over Genoa additionally on the San Paolo Stadium.
Matteo Politano blasted in a 3rd after half an hour with Victor Osimhen grabbing his first Napoli objective simply earlier than the break.
“Brilliant Napoli! What a pity not being able to play Juventus in Turin,” tweeted Napoli proprietor Aurelio De Laurentiis.
– ‘Wake-up name’ –
Slovenian ahead Josip Ilicic returned for highly-fancied Atalanta after practically three months out with private issues, beginning up entrance alongside Papu Gomez and Duvan Zapata.
But with many gamers returning from worldwide responsibility Gian Piero Gasperini’s facet lacked the firepower of their earlier three video games wherein they’d scored 13 objectives.
France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko obtained his first begin for Napoli with Lorenzo Insigne injured and Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas nonetheless recovering from coronavirus.
Lozano tapped in a Giovanni Di Lorenzo cross after 20 minutes, curling within the second minutes later after a mix-up within the Atalanta protection.
Politano blasted in a 3rd after half an hour with Osimhen scoring his first Napoli objective simply earlier than the break after one other defensive blunder from Atalanta.
Osimhen held up a t-shirt after his debut objective on which was written “End Police Brutality in Nigeria” as protests in opposition to regulation enforcement violence proceed in his residence nation.
Substitute Sam Lammers pulled a objective back with 20 minutes to go, however Atalanta drops off prime spot into second place with Napoli some extent behind them in third.
“This defeat as a wake-up call,” stated Gasperini forward of their Champions League opener in opposition to Danish membership Midtjylland.
“We had issues from each viewpoint, we suffered in opposition to Napoli.
“Today we had some general problems.”
Later Saturday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic prepares to return within the Milan derby, whereas Juventus will probably be with out Cristiano Ronaldo as they head south to Crotone.