GdS: Milan-Napoli could be a battle of the benches – the numbers

By Oliver Fisher -

Stefano Pioli and Walter Mazzarri will both be able to turn around in the technical area during Milan-Napoli tonight and call upon difference-makers from the bench.

As La Gazzetta dello Sport reports, the two most prolific benches in the league will compete tonight: Milan lead the table with ten goals off the bench, with most coming from Luka Jovic (four) and Noah Okafor (three).

The Rossoneri collected nine points thanks to substitutes. The first to sting was Okafor, who scored in Milan-Lazio 2-0 at the end of September. The Swiss scored the last goal a few minutes from the end, closing the match after Christian Pulisic’s goal in the 60th minute.

The first decisive goal dates back to Genoa 0-1 Milan, the match in which Olivier Giroud ended up in goal in place of Mike Maignan. The decisive goal came from Pulisic, who replaced Samuel Chukwueze at the end of the first half.

The American is followed by the first of Jovic’s four goals: insignificant against Atalanta (3-2 loss), decisive against Salernitana (2-2), Udinese (2-3 win) and Frosinone (2-3 win). The Serbian’s goals, assisted by Okafor, brought seven points.

The goals of Okafor and Simic in Milan-Monza (3-0) and that of Chaka Traorè against Empoli (3-0) complete the list. The score says nine points more thanks to ten goals off the bench.

Napoli follows with eight goals and six points more in the table. In reality, there were nine players who scored, but in the last round, instead of rewarding Ngonge, the league awarded the own goal to Dawidowicz.

The first to score were Politano and Raspadori in Genoa 2-2 Napoli. One more point in the standings. Then there were Simeone’s inconsequential performance in Napoli-Udinese 4-1 and the three decisive slaps from Osimhen, Politano and Gaetano in Lecce-Napoli 0-4.

Finally, before flying to Leipzig, Elmas scored a couple of goals against Salernitana and Napoli starting from the bench. Against Atalanta he was decisive in the 2-1 win.


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