Naples, 6 October 2021 – It is written Amir Rrahmani, it is read Kostas Manolas: the defensive contribution that the Naples you want from the expert Greek stopper is instead coming from the younger Kosovar, who has but inexorably climbed the hierarchies becoming in fact the perfect partner of Kalidou Koulibaly.
A nightmare start
A nice answer to whom, at the end 2020, spoke of a wrong purchase by the Neapolitan club in the light of 14 million spent for a player with a not exciting curriculum and moreover never in the rotations of Gennaro Gattuso. The debut of the ex Verona, scourged by competition and positivity to the COVID-19, arriving only in January of the following year and it was a real disaster: just a few minutes with the Cagliari and a bad mistake in backing up a Udine which cost the Naples the momentary tie of the hosts. From then on per Rrahmani the doors of another long phase lived behind the scenes were opened while the Neapolitans became protagonists of that long run towards a place in Champions League that would be interrupted on the last day: right against ‘his’ Verona, punished by the most classic of the former’s goals before the goal of Pharaohs brought the frost down on Maradona. In short, for the Kosovar, certainly not the most guilty of that flop that today seems light years away, not even the satisfaction of being able to say that he has put the seal on the return to Champions of the Naples. Speaking of satisfactions: some glimmers were seen in the summer, when no big defenders arrived from the market (with all due respect for the good John Jesus) story to be able to further bury a player who evidently made an immediate breach in Luciano Spalletti.
The perfect couple
The rest is topicality: a topicality that sees Rrahmani now leader of the blue rearguard and, if necessary, also bomber thanks to 2 networks already put on the report (including one in that Dacia Arena which was the scene of the shocking debut of his new adventure). In short, behind the perfect previous gear of the Naples in the league there are not only the most showy and acclaimed names: there are also Rrahmani and woe to say that it was Koulibaly to revive the fortunes of the Kosovar. Easier than in the shadow of Vesuvius the exact opposite happened, with all due respect to one Manolas increasingly relegated to the bench: the same on which Rrahmani he waited a long time for his moment before finally taking flight to conquer Naples.
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