‘Original Iron Pillar’ Kalidou Koulibaly congratulated Naples on the Scudetto.
Napoli drew 1-1 with Udinese in the 33rd round of Italian Serie A in the 2022-23 season at Dacia Arena in Udine, Italy at 3:45 am (Korean time) on the 5th. With this, the leader Napoli accumulated 80 points and 16 points with second place Lazio, confirming the Serie A title regardless of the results of the next five matches.
Napoli have ㅋㅋㅋ벳not lifted the scudetto since the 1989–90 season. At that time, Napoli was far from winning for a long time, as Diego Maradona led the championship. In the 2010s, there was a time when I placed second, but the expectations that I would win were low.
There were not many experts predicting Napoli’s victory this season as well. A big reason was that key resources such as Koulibaly, Fabian Ruiz, and Lorenzo Insigne left the team ahead of the season. Hvita Kvaratsuhelia and Kim Min-jae were recruited to replace them, but they were players without major league experience. However, Napoli had been on a winning streak from the beginning of the season and eventually lifted the scudetto with five games left.
In particular, Koulibaly’s gap was very large. Koulibaly is a defender who was responsible for Napoli’s defense for eight seasons. He was a defender representing Italian Serie A beyond Napoli to the extent that he was selected as the Serie A Team of the Year four times and the best defender once during that period. However, Coulibaly failed to lift the Scudetto.
Napoli brought Kim Min-jae as Koulibaly left. Kim Min-jae showed respect at the joining press conference, saying, “Kulibaly is irreplaceable. It is impossible to fill his place. But I can say that he will do his best to play.”
Although Koulibaly moved to Chelsea and did not win the team championship, he delivered a message of congratulations. In an interview with Sky Sports in Italy, he said, “We are the champions of Napoli. Congratulations to the Napoli brothers.”
“I wish all the Napoli brothers the best of luck. The time has finally come. We had to wait for years, months, weeks, days and hours. And finally it is over. We are the champions of Italy. This team makes me happy.” made,” he added.