A Milik less Napoli travel to Juventus

On Saturday night, Juventus will host Napoli in what should be one of the most intriguing tactical battles of the Serie A season. Yet more than pure tactics, this is a tie that pits beautiful football over impressive discipline, southern passion against business-like precision and Gonzalo Higuain against his former team.

Off the pitch, the melodrama of such a match can and will cause hysteria. Amid the buildup, Napoli have cast themselves as the humble and downtrodden victim who lost their prodigal son to the evil reach of a greedy empire. In the face of modern-day madness, they are the club that try to do things the right way by playing an aesthetically pleasing style of football and who try to cope despite smaller revenues and the loss of star players to money or injury.

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