Napoli has finally accomplished what their fans and the football-crazed city have longed for after 33 years. They have secured the Serie A crown and their return to the summit of Italian football with five games to spare. Despite stuttering towards the end of the season, Napoli has undoubtedly thrilled and enthralled this campaign. They have scored more goals than any other team and conceded fewer while establishing themselves as the best team in the league. Questions about their consistency, team building, and losing big-name stars have been emphatically answered. Now, the challenge for Luciano Spalletti and his team is to repeat their feat and begin Napoli’s greatest era.
The club last celebrated a title over 30 years ago, which is why the team needs to maintain its dominance in the coming years to establish a successful era. With nothing set in stone in Italian football, apart from the Juventus’s winning streak, Inter Milan and AC Milan enjoyed shorter scudetto droughts than Napoli. However, both clubs failed to sustain their successes, with Napoli meeting them in the Champions League semi-finals.
Napoli previously enjoyed its greatest era, between 1987 to 1990, where they secured two league titles, one Coppa, and the 1989 UEFA Cup. Spalletti and his team aspire to replicate those successes by maintaining domestic dominance. Their team’s quality, age range, and cost to put together are envied by others in the league, although it remains to be seen if they can keep their attacking pair, who are likely to receive big offers soon.
Although the team ran out of steam towards the end of the season, Napoli’s path to improvement is highlighted by their signposts of progress. They need to look towards European honors, which can be achieved with another summer of talent acquisition. Napoli’s structure, alongside Sporting Director Cristiano Giuntoli’s phenomenal job replacing big names with hungry, talented players, suggests that they are in place for next season at a minimum.
But for now, Napoli must enjoy their celebrations, which took place in a fitting tribute to the late, great Maradona around the stadium, renamed in his honor.