ROME. — Carlo Ancelotti faces his first big test of Napoli’s Italian Serie A soccer title ambitions this season as he heads north to his former club Juventus today in a top-of-the-table clash which could allow them to pull level with the champions.
Ancelotti’s side are three points behind Juventus who have a 100 percent record after six games.
Ancelotti – who coached Juventus from 1999 to 2001 before leaving for AC Milan where he made his name during a trophy-laden eight years – took over from Maurizio Sarri at the end of last season.
And he has been stamping his mark on the post-Sarri team with just one defeat – a 3-0 loss to Sampdoria – in his first campaign in Italy since 2009.
“I chose to come to Napoli because of the passion in the city and the project of the club. We are trying to change something and it’s working pretty well,” said Ancelotti as the club target a first title since the days of Diego Maradona back in 1990.
Despite statistics favouring the champions, Napoli came out on top in the Allianz Stadium last April with a last-gasp Kalidou Koulibaly header ensuring a 1-0 win which threw the Scudetto title race open.