Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti hilariously broke the fourth wall during his side’s 6-1 dismantling of Ajax as his season continues to get better and better.
Napoli tore their Dutch opponents to bits in the Champions League group stage clash but an early equaliser from Italian striker Giacomo Raspadori left Spaletti channelling his inner-Michael Scott.
The seasoned coach turned to a camera next to his dugout, with what Corriere dello Sport called a T gesture, theorising he could have meant ‘time out’ due to his striker’s impressive form.
More likely though, it’s him indicating the scoreline was 1-1, but either way, it was reminiscent of a scene from The Office, and showed just how much Spalletti is enjoying his record-breaking start to the season.
Raspadori, meanwhile, looks like he may be the solution to Italy’s striker crisis with two goals in the Nations League, adding to previously strong showings for Roberto Mancini’s side.
And he’s now doing it for Napoli too, with the Serie A giants in frankly unstoppable form.
Top of their domestic league with six wins and two draws in eight games, the team have carried that streak into the Champions League where they have a 100 per cent record in Group A, which also has six-time European champions Liverpool in it.
After humbling Jurgen Klopp’s Reds 4-1 at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, they followed it up by swatting away Rangers 3-0, and now tearing Ajax apart 6-1.
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The win was not only Napoli’s biggest in the Champions League, but Ajax’s heaviest defeat in any competition since November 1964.
Napoli are also the first Italian team to score more than ten goals in their first three Champions League games of the season, with their 13 goals so far in 2022/23 the most of any side.
The incredible start to the season is even more surprising when you consider Napoli lost some of their best players this season, with club legends Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens calling time, while key defender Kalidou Koulibaly left for Chelsea, and Fabian Ruiz joined Paris Saint-Germain.
New faces have made a huge difference though, with former Fulham man Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa a star in midfield along with ex-Tottenham man Tanguy Ndombele.
But it’s upfront where the real magic happens, with Georgian winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia earning the nickname ‘Kvaradona’ due to his incredible dribbling and goalscoring ability.
Spalletti is a veteran of Italian football having managed the likes of Inter Milan, Roma, Udinese and Empoli since he took to the dugout in 1994, but with just two Coppa Italias to his name so far, there’s plenty of reason to believe this season could be his best yet.