KIT is a wonderful life!
Napoli donned an incredible Christmas jersey featuring a giant Rudolph as they locked antlers with Villarreal for a friendly.
And in keeping with the seasonal twist of their iconic blue top, Serie A leaders presented the Spaniards with three gifts.
Villarreal won the warm-up game ahead of the Christmas return of the home season after the World Cup, 3-2.
Napoli avoided filling – certainly helped by giving visitors eyes by Rudolph.
But even though Luciano Spalletti is eight points clear in Italy’s top flight, Luciano Spalletti’s men may need to pull together to keep AC Milan and Juventus at bay.
Next is Lazio and there’s even a chance of an Inter Wonderland as Simone Inzaghi’s side are ‘only’ 11 points behind Napoli in fifth place.
Had this been a competitive match it would have been more of a shocking thriller than a stocking filler as Napoli looked sleepy and dazed from behind.
And indeed, Villarreal started all the stronger.
Etienne Capoue fell on a rebound after a bad opener clearance.
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Napoli striker Victor Osimhen – previously linked with Manchester United – soon overcame the offside trap and scored the equaliser.
But Villarreal could have easily restored the lead before scoring twice.
Nicolas Jackson stormed away from Giovanni Di Lorenzo for a stunning top corner finish.
And Gerard Moreno immediately cleared it up to make it 3-1 after a bad pass from Diego Demme
Georgia winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia – another player linked with a move to the Premier League – scored a consolation for Napoli after a penalty won by Alessio Zerbin.
After all, the Italians won the festive footwear competition, because they could hardly be accused of being Rudolph the Tame Walk.
More importantly, there was a respectful minute’s silence for Serie A legend Sinisa Mihajlovic before kick-off.
The Serb, who died on Friday aged 53, was a playing hero for Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio and Inter Milan before managing AC Milan, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, Torino and Bologna.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6940464/napoli-christmas-kit-villarreal-rudolph/ Napoli show off a fantastic Christmas kit featuring the giant Rudolph on the iconic blue shirt while they lock antlers with Villarreal