Napoli vs Dortmund by Isaiah
Napoli managed to break the tight defense of Atalanta last weekend and remained to the top of the standings in Serie A together with Roma, despite the extensive squad rotation of Rafa Benitez who left out right midfielder Christian Maggio, left midfielder Camilo Zuniga, midfielder Valon Behrami, attacking midfielder Marek Hamsik and right winger Jose Maria Callejon.
I think this season will be very good for Napoli for Serie A and Champions League too. With Benitez on the bench their team changed, they are now do not expect their opponents to try and hit on counterattacks, but Napoli is always on the attack constantly. They are in the Champions League groups thanks to the good work they done last season and they will play with confidence against a very strong team.
The pace of the game against Dortmund should be different compared to an Italian match and Napoli must be very careful in the defense. Benitez stated that they is no chance that they will play with 11 players back in defense, but they will be aggressive when they will need to be and that they prepared very well for this match. Napoli now has in their roster several players who have played lot of times in such important games and they have now the winning mentality. No problems for Napoli, they will field the best possible eleven.
Dortmund won 6-2 at home against Hamburg last Saturday where they showed defensive stability and they created many opportunities to score. Main right winger Jakub Blaszczykowski returns to main eleven after suspension, while sub defensive midfielder Sebastian Kehl is out injured. Neven Subotic may will sit on the bench with Papastathopoulos to take his posision, while midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and right back Lukasz Piszczek are both long term injured.
I think that Napoli can stand with pride against Dortmund tonight. They are in a good mood, without fear for Dortmund, and they know well what to expect from the Germans. I think that the odds are not represents the true quality of both teams, and in my opinion Napoli will not lose tonight.