The Italian aspect have now claimed consecutive wins with out conceding a purpose because the passing of their membership legend
Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne mentioned Diego Maradona’s demise hurts as the town suffers after the Serie A aspect donned Argentina-style shirts to honour the membership nice of their 4-0 rout of rivals Roma.
Maradona – arguably soccer’s biggest ever participant who led Napoli to their solely Scudetto honours in 1987 and 1990 – died of pure causes on the age of 60 on Wednesday.
After beating Rijeka within the Europa League on Thursday, Napoli performed their first Serie A match since Maradona’s passing on Sunday and it was an emotional event on the Stadio San Paolo.
Napoli sported a Maradona-themed jersey, which consisted of sunshine blue and white stripes as an alternative of the enduring all-blue shirt and it proved an inspirational strip because the Partenopei equalled their largest margin of victory towards Roma in Serie A, having additionally routed the capital membership 4-0 in 1980 and 1971.
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Insigne – born and bred in Naples – opened the scoring with a free-kick on the half-hour mark earlier than reaching for a Maradona shirt and kissing it as he celebrated.
Fabian Ruiz, Napoli’s all-time main goalscorer Dries Mertens and Matteo Politano have been additionally on course.
“The ambiance actually gave us further motivation, as we wished to pay homage to our idol,” Insigne, the one participant since 2012-13 to attain at the very least one purpose and help at the very least one in every of the previous 9 seasons, advised Sky Sport Italia.
“It hurts and we cared greater than ever tonight to place in an important efficiency for him and the town that’s struggling.”
Napoli moved as much as fifth place in Serie A, six factors adrift of unbeaten leaders AC Milan.
Gennaro Gattuso additionally earned his fiftieth profession victory as a head coach within the Italian prime flight, whereas changing into the primary Napoli boss to win his first two Serie A encounters towards Roma.
“There’s a sense of disappointment, however at this second I believe the town should additionally present frequent sense,” Gattuso mentioned. “I’m seeing too many individuals going round with out their masks.
“Maradona is a legend, everybody is aware of that, and I perceive the will to precise that affection, however I hope from tomorrow the town will get again to being wise, or we’ll all pay the implications later.”