It was almost like deja-vu from the Milan match as Giovanni Simeone was yet again the hero for Napoli on Sunday, coming off the bench to restore the Azzurri’s lead against Cremonese and set them on course for victory. The goalscorer shared his joy at converting the chance. “I’m happy to always be in the right place at the right time.

“It was a wonderful day. The fans were incredible at encouraging us from start to finish. When I came on, I could feel the energy of the Napoli fans right away and it gave the whole team a boost.

“Today, it was a hard-fought, tough game. It was a real test of character for the team. I try to always be ready for the coach and my team-mates. I’m really happy to have scored the goal that gave us back our lead.

“In this group, even people who don’t get much playing time can play a crucial role. There’s great unity and conviction in our camp. We are doing everything right and we’re being rewarded for it in the league. However, it’s too early to talk about targets. We just need to continue with this intensity and commitment, taking each game as it comes.”

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