Napoli are champions-elect but does a lack of competition take the gloss off? | Serie A

The Stadio Carlo Castellani held some unhappy recent memories for Napoli. It was here that their title challenge unravelled last April, as a 2-0 lead over Empoli in the 80th minute became a 3-2 defeat. They were authors of their own demise back then, the equaliser arriving when goalkeeper Alex Meret dallied in possession and allowed Andrea Pinamonti to block an attempted clearance straight into his net.

Could they self-destruct a second time? They held an identical 2-0 advantage on Sunday when M├írio Rui earned a pointless red card, kicking out at Francesco Caputo. Instead of wobbling,…


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