‘FENOMENAPOLI!’ Italian papers hail Luciano Spalletti’s team after they ‘teach Liverpool a lesson’ in ‘historic’ Champions League demolition… but it’s a ‘nightmare’ start for Inter Milan as they lose to Bayern Munich
- Napoli thrashed Liverpool 4-1 as they produced one of their best-ever displays
- Corriere dello Sport labelled the win as ‘historic’ as Liverpool ‘taught a lesson’
- Georgian winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia was singled out for particular praise
- But there was bad news for Inter Milan, who lost Champions League opener
- Tuttosport told Juventus that ‘dignified defeats are not enough’ after PSG loss
Napoli were the toast of Italy on Thursday morning after they slaughtered Liverpool to get their Champions League campaign off to a flyer.
‘Fenomenapoli’ screamed the headline of Corriere dello Sport as they reflected on a 4-1 win which saw Jurgen Klopp’s side repeatedly exposed at the back.
‘The Azzurri victory will go down in history,’ the paper enthused. ‘Liverpool were taught a lesson.’
The Italian sports dailies were thrilled by Napoli’s 4-1 victory over Liverpool on Wednesday
Giovanni Simeone celebrates one of Napoli’s goals on a historic night for the club
They particularly praised the Georgian winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who has very quickly been nicknamed ‘Kvaradona’ in the city that still idolises Diego Maradona.
He set up Napoli’s third goal for Giovanni Simeone just before half-time, following strikes by Piotr Zielinski and Andre Zambo Anguissa.
Zielinski helped himself to another to make it 4-0 on 47 minutes with Luis Diaz’s quick response for Liverpool proving more of a consolation rather than the spark for a comeback.
‘Mamma, what a Napoli’ ran the headline on Gazzetta dello Sport as their front page also featured a picture of delirious players.
They praised the tactics and game plan of coach Luciano Spalletti, who ‘taught Klopp a lesson at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
Gazzetta dello Sport also reflected on a memorable night in Naples as Liverpool were thrashed
Liverpool were left stunned as they made the worst possible start to their European campaign
Two goal Polish midfielder Zielinski drew particular praise for a ‘phenomenal performance.’
Neapolitan delight contrasted strongly with Nerazzurri misery as Inter Milan lost 2-0 at home to Bayern Munich in their first Champions League game.
Leroy Sane opened the scoring for the German champions at the San Siro before a second-half own goal by Danilo D’Ambrosio sealed the win.
‘Inter – what a nightmare,’ ran the front cover headline on Gazzetta, who are already predicting ‘an uphill struggle’ to make it into the knockout rounds with Barcelona also in the group.
Serie A runners-up Inter were ultimately outclassed in front of their own supporters
Danilo D’Ambrosio was captain for the night but inadvertently put the ball in his own net
This latest setback follows hot on the heels of Saturday’s 3-2 loss to AC Milan in the derby, raising questions of coach Simone Inzaghi.
‘The German team exposed all the Nerazzurri’s limitations,’ said Corriere dello Sport as Inter were placed immediately on the back foot in Europe.
Turin-based Tuttosport, meanwhile, were still dissecting Juventus’ 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.
‘OK Juve, but now you have to win,’ said their headline as the front cover featured a photo of a rather vexed looking Massimiliano Allegri.
Tuttosport were still reflecting on Juve’s 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night
‘The fans, club and Bianconeri legends saw positive signs in Paris, but dignified defeats cannot be enough. Allegri has to turn things around,’ they say.
The defeat has put a lot of pressure on Juve’s home match against Benfica on matchday two next week.
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