‘Dries Mertens makes an impression on a place where we do not expect’ (video)

A goal every 25 minutes: the supervorm of the Red Devil in perspective.

Dries Mertens © Belga Image

With his four goals against Torino (5-3) was Dries Mertens Sunday, the first player in Serie A since Pietro Anastasi in may 1974 that succeeds in two consecutive league games with a hattrick to score. The Red Devil had on the previous day, already three times the nets do vibrate on the field of Cagliari (0-5).

Against Torino Mertens had, moreover, less than 9 minutes for his hattrick. The 29-year-old Belgian disbanded his Devils for the first time after thirteen minutes, put five minutes later on a penalty kick and beat another four minutes later goalkeeper Joe Hart for a third time. Ten minutes for affluiten managed his fourth hit with a handsome lobbal.

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It was a good day ?????

— Dries Mertens (@dries_mertens14) on december 18, 2016

In the stand increases Napoli (34 points) thanks to the victory to the third place, a point from AS Roma and eight of leader Juventus.


That Mertens in supervorm is, of course, is also the Italian sport newspapers did not fail to notice. That come out of superlatives for his performance to describe. As baptized Corriere dello Sport, our fellow countryman already to Dries Armando Mertens, to one Diego Armando Maradona, Napoli in the 1980’s to great successes led.

The Gazzetta dello Sport thus, in holland ‘Fe-no-me-na-li’ and give Mertens a 9 to 10, which the newspaper rarely does. She is already looking forward to the double confrontation against Real Madrid in the Champions League and puts Mertens’ picture next to that of Cristiano Ronaldo.

I believe they are in Italy quite impressed by @dries_mertens14 ??@sscnapoli #psv

— Mike Verweij (@MikeVerweij) 19 december 2016Beste season

Mertens is experiencing his best season in Italy. His seven goals in one week are seizoenstotaal on 14 hits in 21 games, an impressive average of two goals per three games or a goal every 25 minutes.

In total, Mertens’ counter at Napoli in his fourth season on 48 goals in 159 matches. Last season he scored 11 times in 40 matches in the season 2014-2015 10 times in 51 matches in his first season and 12 times in 47 matches.

False 9

The question, then, is: what explains the bloedvorm of Mertens? Geert Foutré follows for Sports/Voetbalmagazine the Italian league: ‘Mertens brings together the figures of Napoli in a positive light,” he says. ‘Coach Maurizio Sarri lost in the off-season Gonzalo Higuain – if topschutter the face of the club to Juventus and saw his replacement Arkadiusz Owned with a long-term injury loss.’


That Mertens this performance on a position where it is not expected, makes it the more remarkable

‘Sarri is a tactician who holds on to a system, and therefore had to find a solution. As the with Manolo Gabbiadini also not really worked, he experimented with Mertens as a false 9, as coach Roberto Martinez with the Red Devils already did. That Mertens this performance on a position where it is not expected, makes it the more remarkable”.

‘Has president Aurelio De Laurentiis Sarri a new attacker in January (Leonardo Pavoletti from Genoa, ed.) promised. It will be so interesting times when Mertens’ fairy tale continues and Owned by returns from injury.’

Dries Mertens © Belga Image


Striking is also that Mertens with his 1.2 million euro per year by far not the best paid footballers in the Serie A belongs to, and, what is the ratio price-quality is concerned, so an excellent return.

Sarri is in other words a satisfied man. To the newspapers he said after the stunt in Torino that Mertens according to him, it is not necessarily the maximum out of his abilities has removed’.

That promises for the future. On the eighteenth day, next Thursday, december 22, pulls Napoli to Fiorentina. (KVDA)

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