Napoli fans are commonly known to be superstitious, but even for them Napoli’s win is so large they can really start to get ready to celebrate their first title win in 33 years early this season. Napoli’s last Scudetto win was in 1989-1990 when the legendary Diego Armando Maradona was the star of the club. It took them more than thirty years to be back at the top of the table, but with an 16-point advantage at the top of the table, even traditionally nervous Napoli fans can keep breathing easy. With ten games left before the end of the Serie A season and despite losing 4-0 the match against AC Milan last Sunday, Napoli are still well positioned to win the Scudetto this year. They will also play the first leg of the UEFA Champions League’s quarter finals against AC Milan this week.
Coach Luciano Spalletti is trying to keep calm and work on a daily basis to achieve what would make him one of the most beloved coaches in the history of the club. Looking at the schedule, let’s try to figure out when can Napoli fans celebrate.
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When can Napoli win?
After 28 games, Napoli have collected 71 points with an important margin of advantage over their rivals. After losing the match against AC Milan badly, the Azzurri took their lead over Lazio (now second in the table) to 16 points and 20 points over AC Milan. Spalletti’s team have won 23 games in total, drawn two, and lost three against Inter, Lazio and AC Milan. With such a big margin if Napoli’s advantage remains the same over the rest of the season, fans can celebrate the title five games in advance on May 3, 2023 when they will face Udinese away. However, things can change considering that there will be some direct encounters between the rivals and the margin might be bigger if Napoli continue to win games, or the others will lose some of them.
It will be difficult for Napoli to be able to match another Juventus record after missing the opportunity to score more points than Antonio Conte’s Juventus: the defensive record for number of goals conceded in a season. Twice, in 2011-12 and 2015-16, the Bianconeri managed to concede only 20 goals. Napoli have currently conceded 20 goals in 28 games, so they will need to concede zero in the remaining ten games to match this record (quite unlikely).
Napoli won’t be able to the season unbeaten, as it happened only three times in the history with Perugia (1978-1979), AC Milan (1991-1992) and Juventus (2011-2012), as Napoli lost to Inter on January 4, against Lazio on March 3 and vs. AC Milan last Sunday.