Napoli, record lead: Never again anyone at +15 after 22 days
Spalletti’s team lead is unprecedented in the 3-point era. The previous record was held by Inter 2006-07, +11 over Roma. In Europe’s top five leagues, only Barcelona can equal the Azzurri’s 59 points
Napoli could retire for the next five games and still stay ahead. Even if their closest rivals, in this case Inter, win them all, they could only back the Azzurri. The numbers just legitimize and materialize what the eye on the pitch shows us, or rather that Spalletti’s team is miles ahead of everyone else.
A superiority that expresses record numbers. Like the 15 point lead after 22 days. Never before in the 3-point era (the formula has been in effect since the 1994/95 tournament) has a team had such a lead over the runners-up after 22 games. The previous record was held by Inter, who traveled 2006/07 with an 11-point advantage over second-placed Roma. But not only that: the current 59 points for Napoli after 22 rounds is just a step away from the Nerazzurri’s 60 in the aforementioned league and from Juventus in 2018-19 (who had 9 more than Napoli).
Leader in Europe
The 19 wins in 22 games (2 draws and only one loss) is also the best record in the 5 main European leagues. In the Premier League, Arsenal top the table with 51 points from 21 games, winning 16, drawing 3 and knocking out 2. Even if they win the next game (Wednesday’s big game at home to Manchester City), the Gunners wouldn’t match Osimhen and his partners’ 55. Doesn’t do better than Napoli – for now – not even Barcelona, who lost 56 in the Spanish league with one game down (21). If they beat Cádiz at the Camp Nou on Sunday (fighting for relegation), they would follow the path of the Neapolitans perfectly (19 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss). In Ligue 1, PSG leads with 54 points in 23 games, while in the Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich are significantly slower with 43 points in 20 games. To widen the panorama, Benfica could draw level in Portugal by winning the next two Napoli (now they have 53 in 20 games), while in Turkey Zaniolos Galatasaray sit at 54 with the same number of games as Serie A leaders, 22 in Greece Panathinaikos leads with 51 in 22 games. In short, viewed from any latitude or longitude, Napoli is the master.
February 13 – 11:34 p.m
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