Napoli are tearing it up in Serie A and Dutch legend Ruud Gullit backs them to be triumphant in the Champions League too
Milan legend Ruud Gullit has claimed that Napoli should be considered as the favorites to win the Champions League.
Napoli, the champions League contenders!
There is a gulf of 15 points between Serie A leaders Napoli and the second-placed Inter Milan. Luciano Spalletti’s men have arguably been the most impressive team in all of Europe’s top leagues. The Partenopei’s Champions League group stage was no different as they scored 20, thrashing last year’s finalists Liverpool and finishing above them.
This has led to the Netherlands legend Ruud Gullit backing them to be one of the contenders for Champions League.
“In a television broadcast I said that they are the favourites to win the Champions League. I haven’t changed my mind,” the former Netherlands international said of Napoli.
“They play a style of football that we all like to see; fast, rapid and vertical.
“The English clubs are strong, the same for Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid are capable of crazy feats, but this Napoli team are totally different.”
When he was asked how this Napoli team differs from the won that won the scudetto in the 1990, Gullit said: “That team depended on Diego. This is a complete team, which expresses total football. They can win the Scudetto and go far in Europe.”
Gullit wasn’t ready to rule out his former team AC Milan from the scudetto race.
“They are fighting and suffering,” he said of Stefano Pioli’s men. “Up to now, everything hasn’t been as easy as it was last year.
“In this first part of the season things have been more difficult than everyone expected, but in football you never know. In the Champions League they won the first leg of the round of 16 against Tottenham. Let’s see how it ends.”