from the extra pounds to the turning point with Spalletti, so he became a pillar of Napoli

from the extra pounds to the turning point with Spalletti, so he became a pillar of Napoli

There is a name that leaps strongly to the eye in this great start to the season of Napoli and it is that of Stanislav Lobotka. He has become the key player of Spalletti’s chessboard, the only one who is truly irreplaceable and whose absence is felt. Yet the Slovakian’s path was not very easy. Far from it. It took him some time to come out and to become so important, with the difficulties that have affected him for over a year.

WEIGHT PROBLEMS – It was too early to call Lobotka a flop. Paid 20 millionits performance has never truly lived up to expectations under management Gattuso. The former Betis has slipped to the bottom of the Calabrian coach’s hierarchies and highlighted real physical problems showing a little too much chili.

THE REBIRTH – Already from summer 2021on the occasion of Dimaro’s first retreat, un another Lobotka, physically reborn. From there began the ascent that led him to be a point of reference for SpallettiI go back to elbowing also in the two midfield despite the presence of Fabián Ruiz e Anguissa the end of the season. Today he jokes with an eye to the past wearing a size XL for the photos of the national team: “I did it to show off, there’s no bigger size so when someone takes a picture of me they won’t say I’m fat again.”

LOBOTKA IN EUROPEAN FORMATIn the only two matches in which Spalletti decided to give up Lobotka, there were problems with the construction of the game by Napoli. Against Lecce, in fact, from the first minute Ndombele and Anguissa did their job, which becomes more and more precious with the passing of the matches. As well as against it Spice, but entering the field at the beginning of the second half changed the face of the match. Head held high and clean action, never afraid to take the ball in front of the defense, an almost zero percentage of errors, quality and a lot of personality. Added to this was the interdiction phase, which was very important against Milan. Looking back, Lobotka could also leave, when in July 2021 he was returning from a very complicated year. Napoli today enjoys it with the tranquility of the contract expiring in 2025. Of registers so in Europe if you see very few of them and the desire to be able to lose it would be there, given the performances shown in the field. A real evaluation was not made clearly because today he who is the light of the blue game is not for sale.

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