The pressure continues to mount on Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti, with his side only able to manage a 1-1 draw with struggling Udinese on Saturday afternoon. 


Udinese took the lead on the half-hour mark when Seko Fofana drove through the heart of the Napoli midfield before sliding a pinpoint pass into the path of Kevin Lasagna, who slotted the ball beyond the onrushing Alex Meret.

Kevin Lasagna

The visitors struggled to impose themselves upon the game in the second half, but a crisp strike from Piotr Zielinski leveled the scores with 20 minutes left on the clock. 


Napoli continued to push for their first win in seven league matches, but ultimately they were unable to break down their stubborn hosts, and Ancelotti's top-four ambitions are lying in tatters. 


​Udinese 


Player Ratings 


Starting XI: Musso (7); Troost-Ekong (7), De Maio (7), Nuytnick (7); Larsen (6), De Paul (7), Fofana (8*), Mandragora (6), Ter Avest (7); Lasagna (7), Okaka (6)


Substitutes: Pussetto (6), Barak (6), Becao (N/A)


Napoli 


Key Talking Point 


Lorenzo Insigne is not a happy bunny at ​Napoli. The tricky winger is Neapolitan through and through, and he has been the supporters' beloved son since he burst onto the scene. However, Insigne appears to be becoming increasingly frustrated and agitated in the south of Italy, and his performances reflect his low confidence and motivation. 

Lorenzo Insigne

The once irreplaceable winger now seems to be the lightning rod for Napoli's recent failures, and his relationship with coach Ancelotti appears strained - at best. The 28-year-old was substituted at half time during his side's dismal display against Udinese, and with some of Europe's biggest teams sniffing around, his time at San Paolo might finally be coming to a sad end. 


The problems are piling up for Ancelotti and Co. 


Player Ratings 


Starting XI: Meret (6); Di Lorenzo (6), Manolas (6), Koulibaly (7), Rui; (6) Callejón (6), Fabián (8*), Zielinski (7), Insigne (5); Lozano (5), Mertens (6)


Substitutes: Llorente (5), Younes (6), 


STAR MAN - Fabián Ruiz feels like a bit of a wasted talent in this Napoli team at the minute. The creative midfielder announced himself to the whole of Europe by starring in Spain's victorious Under-21 side at Euro 2019, and he was expected to cement himself as one of the most exciting prospects in world football this season. 


Given Napoli's wretched form however, he has hardly been given the chance to shine in this miserable campaign. Ruiz continued to prod and probe the Udinese defence on Saturday evening, even when his teammates seemed on a different - and inferior - wavelength to the 23-year-old. 

Fabián Ruiz Peña

Ruiz's passing and movement across the pitch is so graceful that he appears to glide beyond his opponents, but his class is lost in a side which misfires as badly and as regularly as Ancelotti's men. 


If I Partenopei fail to recover their flatlining season, then stars such as Ruiz will be moving on to bigger and better things this summer. 


Looking Ahead 


Udinese's tough run of fixtures continues as they face the daunting trip to Turin next Sunday, where they will take on champions ​Juventus


Napoli face Genk in a crucial match for their Champions League hopes on Wednesday evening, before hosting Parma on the following Saturday.