Georgian international Khvicha Kvaratskhelia was instrumental in Napoli’s 4-1 win over Udinese in Serie A this week
Another match day is behind us in Serie A with Napoli picking up an important 4-1 home win over Udinese. Piotr Zileinksi, Victor Osimhen and Giovanni Simeone were all on the scoresheet, but it was the performance of Georgian international Khvicha Kvaratskhelia that really stole the show for the Partenopei.
Kvaratskhelia was one of Napoli’s biggest attacking threats, winning the initial penalty that Polish international Zielinski buried, before scoring his first goal for the club since March of last season.
Kvaratskhelia managed to intercept the ball right outside Udinese’s penalty area and then dink the ball over the keeper with the deftest of touches, a stark contrast to his two other chances, where he blasted them off the woodwork. Kvaratskhelia also provided an assist for Simeone’s strike, a pinpoint cross that made it very easy for the Argentine to head the ball home.
So far this season, Kvaratskhelia has two assists in addition to his goal in Serie A, but he showed against Udinese just what he is capable of going forward. His overall stats remain impeccable as he is still one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe, especially when it comes to shot creating actions (5.1 per 90 minutes played), which, despite his lack of scoring, shows he has still been a threat for oppositions to keep in mind when facing this Napoli side.
Napoli will be extremely happy to have Kvaratskhelia break his scoring drought now, as they have quite a few important ties coming their way both domestically and abroad. October will see them face the likes of AC Milan, Real Madrid, and Union Berlin, each of which will be important to their progress this season.
With “Kvara” seemingly on his way to rediscovering the form that made him one of Europe’s most prized players last season, we may finally see Napoli’s fortunes on the pitch begin to shift in a positive way long term.