Napoli started the season as they ended last season, with a win and in form. They Italian side needed to come from behind against Chievo with new signing Wood coming off the bench to bag the winner, but on balance it was deserved, despite Rajkovic once again waltzing off with the man of the match.
“Its been a revolving door over the last few weeks, with a lot of player’s coming and going. You expect the changes to cause disruption and its going to take at least half a season before we start seeing the results and consistency from making so many changes. To start the season with a win, gives everyone a boost. A point seperated Chievo and us last season, so it was always going to be a tight game. We have Hamburg next who have just come down and will be favourites to get the job done against us. They beat fellow relegated Lazio last night and kept a clean sheet, so I imagine they will be looking at us, as a winnable fixture. We will have some decisions to make regarding formation and personnel, what i like about our squad its very interchangeable we can set up in 3 or 4 different ways, and this has proved to be successful particularly last season. We have Moutinho back from suspension, so he will definitely come in. We then have decisions to make on the likes of Wood, Negredo, Mooy and Inui. Bamford is here for a few weeks yet, so do we utilise him? Or start the planning without him? He played yesterday, but there is no guarantee he starts Thursday given the scoring cameo from Wood. I’ve had a good look at Division 3 and the squads in there. There is some top top players lining up in there this season. However I think on our day we can beat anyone, and go into this season with our eyes wide open, on the prize of pushing for the top 6, and ultimately trying to get this team promoted. “