Both teams stuttering in recent weeks. That saw Inter seizing the log lead so this one was a must win for both teams. Of the top four teams, only Atalanta has conceded more goals than the Rossonerri. It isn’t hard to see why when you look at the opening goal. From a corner I prefer having a guy on either post for this very reason. This zonal method of marking is risky but it is relatively safe once the attacker gets ahead of the defender like Elmas did on Tonali. The North Macedonian doesn’t get a lot of game time for Napoli but showed he is a viable option. Indeed he was in for Osimhen who dislocated his shoulder on international duty. Milan can have a complaint in the manner in which VAR was administered here but they cannot blame lack of personnel. They were close to full strength with Zlatan spearheading the attack with a decent midfield three behind him in the form of Diaz and Junior Messias.

Contest was more or less even after the opening goal. Both teams not shy in terms of attempts. Chasing the equalizer led to Pioli introduce Giroud to make a front two with Zlatan. When Kessie looked to have brought scores level, VAR intervened with an offside on a Milan player who was on the floor deemed interfering with play. Now did the player in question , Giroud didn’t even touch the ball which begs the question , where was the interference? The argument that he was impeding the defender doesn’t hold water too because Giroud was on the floor and behind him not even challenging for the ball. Controversial end to a good match. Napoli go second , four points behind Inter. They are ahead of Milan of goal difference both teams are on 39 points.