Napoli’s coup of esteemed coach Carlo Ancelotti means the Partenopei will see the maverick Maurizio Sarri leave. Sarri’s departure will be seen as bittersweet especially after how Napoli has grown during his tenure. A strong core of players developed under the 59-year-old while his tactics earned Napoli the attention of Europe. The only blot on his copybook would be the way Napoli capitulated this season after showing so much promise to dethrone Juventus as champions of Italy.
While the Scudetto slipped out of their hands, it is still an exciting time to be a Napoli fan especially when someone of the stature of Ancelotti is in-charge of your team. The former AC Milan manager is a serial winner and many will hope that he can take the southern Italian team to the next level but if he is to do that, Napoli will need to keep hold of their top stars. Especially if they aim to go one better next season and secure the coveted Scudetto.
In the attacking department, Ancelotti will need to convince the likes of Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon to stay in Naples instead of seeking greener pastures. Meanwhile in the defensive department, Faouzi Ghoulam, Elsied Hysaj and Kalidou Koulibaly are some of the brightest talents in Europe causing them to be targets of wealthier English clubs which will be a severe test of Ancelotti’s powers of persuasion.
Subsequently, 'Carletto', as he is fondly known, has started the conviction plan by reportedly outlining three key players he believes that will take the Azzurri to the next level. His ambitious targets include Real Madrid hitman Karim Benzema, Bayern Munich’s warrior Arturo Vidal and Chelsea defender David Luiz. It is not a bad idea to convince your top talents to stay if one manages to recruit the aforementioned world class players.
Ancelotti will definitely have his work cut out for him in the Napoli dugout. Expectations will be sky high and many fans will wait in bated breath to see how the club will improve. It is a safe bet to say that under the 58-year-old, Napoli’s play will be more direct compared to the pure attacking football philosophy of Sarri. Whether that is good or bad for Napoli, only time will tell but there is no doubt 'Carletto' will be hoping his top talents will be there to aid him.