NAPOLIST MAIL – What did you do in Rome from Osimhen’s goal to the final whistle? He doesn’t feel the pressure, he’s a player I will never forget
Ci Napoli 16/10/2022 – Serie A football championship / Napoli-Bologna / photo Carmelo Imbesi / Image Sport in the photo: Khvicha Kvaratskhelia-Kevin Bonifazi
Kvaratskhelia is more equal than the others
Dear Napolista, I use this informal address as if I were addressing myself not to a specific person, but to an entire community, because – thanks to the rosy period of Napoli – there is a celestial harmony in the blue cheer that I would like to last as long as possible possible.
It seems easy to attribute the present golden age to an unrecognized footballer from Georgia, but the fact is that, although the merits of Napoli’s victories belong to everyone (club, coach / staff, players), it is impossible not to think that among all the same Kvaratskhelia is a little more equal than the others.
I am 32 years old, I no longer belong to the ranks of the very young and I have seen a bit of football, always in the guise of a simple fan, therefore incompetent by nature (but football, from this point of view, is democratic: at least in this respect competence is disconnected from the social context). As a Napoli fan I can say, without fear of denial, that I have never seen a player like Kvaratskhelia, and yes that in recent years there have been some strong players, without being here to list them.
The (no longer) young age did not allow me to see Maradona, let alone other idols of the square such as Sivori, Vinicio, Pesaola, Krol and so on. Despite everything, I would like to say that as far as the Naples world is concerned, Kvaratskhelia is what comes closest to Maradona in terms of importance.
Necessary clarification in order not to sound crazy or blasphemous: there are countless differences between el Pibe and Georgian and I would not want the title “Kvaratskhelia is the new Maradona” to be created. What I am referring to, in making the comparison, is the common ability of both to act as a calamity towards the ball. They are the safe harbor where to land in times of difficulty.
Yesterday’s match confirmed my feeling. The feints, the intoxicating dribbles, the assists and the goals are what remain in the collective memory because they are aesthetic gestures that manage to trigger people’s emotional reactions, but even in a rough match like yesterday’s, Kvaratskhelia has proven to be a ‘ superior entity, which has little to do with the decadent Serie A.
I am a fan who follows football in a simple way, without juggling between tactical analyzes, expected goals and other amenities that can be of maximum use to insiders. And as a Napoli fan I naively would like Kvaratskhelia to never leave, but I’d do him a disservice. Because this player deserves to serve in the best European teams and compete for very important goals. Unless Napoli itself becomes a top club. And I recognize that this is another naive hope, which among other things would not even exclude the possibility of a departure of Kvaratskhelia (see the example of Casemiro).
On balance, since there is no certainty of tomorrow, I enjoy the talent of Kvicha Kvaratskhelia. A footballer I will never forget.