Following the draw for this season’s Champions League made on Thursday, their group could already be referred to as the ‘group of death’.
In one of the delightful twists that football has a habit of providing, AC Milan Football Club will be Napoli’s first opponents of the season at the San Paolo as last season’s runners-up aim to build on their opening 2-1 win at Lazio.
The Italian was informed of his departure on Thursday
The fixture list had pitted the two sides on the final day of the season in a direct battle for the fourth and final place in next season’s Champions’ League group stage with Lazio needing a draw to qualify.
Napoli twice squandered their lead and are now almost certainly done with chasing Juventus for the title.
With four games left, Napoli’s victory has made the title race a photo-finish affair.
Napoli’s title challenge appeared to be petering out after Dries Mertens saw his penalty kick saved early in the second half and Mariusz Stepinski put Chievo ahead with 17 minutes left.
The Italians lost 3-1 at home in last week’s first leg with a performance that embarrassed coach Maurizio Sarri, although he has emphasised that winning Serie A is the priority.
Lazio scored five goals for the second league game in a row as they hammered Chievo 5-1 in spite of an injury to Serie A top-scorer Ciro Immobile
The reigning champions entered the match with a 3-1 lead from the first leg in Madrid
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