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Salah struggles as Fiorentina lose 3-0 to Champions League rivals Napoli

Posted on April 12, 2015

salah struggles

star found it tough to find the net for La Viola as they suffered a 3-0 defeat against in .

A well-structured Napoli were able to close down Mohamed Salah, as the Egyptian had a quiet and irritating first half and was only able to make two runs inside the 18-yard box.

Napoli were quite dominant in the first half as they made it hard for La Viola to have any impact at all. Belgian star, Dries Mertens, found the back of the net in the 23rd minute with a shot that breezed right past Neto.

Mohamed Salah had a good first half when it came to keeping possession of the ball, but struggled to create danger inside the box. Fiorentina’s performance improved after conceding the goal from Mertens, but continued to struggle in Naples.

As the second half began, Fiorentina improved greatly as German star, Mario Gomez, came on for Josip Iličić. Mohamed Salah continued to maintain possession of the ball and made some lightning fast runs into the box, but it was not enough to get Fiorentina back into the game.

With pressure coming from La Viola, Napoli brought on Marek Hamsik in the 64th minute, and shortly after he was able to find the back of the net in the 71st minute.

Napoli were able to hold off Fiorentina until the final whistle, and secured themselves a spot in 4th place, now one point clear from La Viola, as both teams are hoping to push for the final Champions League spot.

Fiorentina play Dynamo Kyiv on Thursday, April 16, in the Europa league quarter-finals as both teams will look to secure a position in the semi-finals.


  1. medhizebbydante

    April 12, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    hard week for fiorentina…it seems that seria a teams dont lost time to find solutions to neutralize salah

  2. GameRef

    April 12, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Salah has to diversify his playing.The defenders begin to know how to make him harmless as he basically does always the same things when he get the ball.He has to be more creative.

  3. Paul , UK

    April 13, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    where wad your superstar salah? See you next year back in Egypt bro 😀

    • Ahmed

      April 13, 2015 at 7:07 PM

      Lol…such a hater…you must’ve worked your brain juice real hard to come up with that comment.

  4. Hosam

    April 13, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Salah is far from being a word class player. He has just shown his talent from time to time till now. If he wants to become a quality player he should improve his skills and use his pace to distract the defenders attention so that another teammate can do something.. He shouldn’t become a predictable player.. Take Arjen Robben as an example,, If he improves on this he might become a world class player which can carry a team.. I wanna see Salah turning a defeat into a win or a draw for example which i never have seen Salah doing this. He plays well when the whole team plays good otherwise we don’t see him.

    • Ahmed

      April 13, 2015 at 7:14 PM

      He basically gifted Fiorentina 5 or 6 wins if not more since coming into the team. He singlehandedly won the first leg against Juventus so I dont know what you are speaking about when you say he needs to turn draw/losses into wins.

      Serie A team found a way to neutralize him thats all, and now its the job of the coach and Salah to work together in order to give him a new role or new indications of what to do on the field in order to benefit from his tight marking freeing space for his teammates or to liberate himself from this tight marking.

      Salah is basically the only immediate Fiorentina threat when they get the ball because until the game is moved down close to the opposite box, Salah is the only one (strikers and wingers included) who have enough speed to work a counter or move the ball quickly enough.

      Its now Montela’s job to set up his team buildup in order to benefit from the overly tight marking of Salah and create chances all around the field which will eventually re-open spaces for Salah in the game. Teams have been closely marking Salah, but Fiorentina have also been over counting on him

    • Ahmed

      April 13, 2015 at 7:18 PM

      Its also quite funny, that when he scored for a 2 months in a row he is a SUPER HERO, and as soon as he does not score for 2 games in which Fiorentina as a team played like crap 3-0 and 3-0 he is not World class anymore and he is considered as the reason Fio lost. I dont think conceding 3 goals two games in a row can be put on him. Neither can we blame him for being the only offensive threat they posses recently.

      • Hosam

        April 13, 2015 at 8:53 PM

        First of all I never considered him as a world class player. The guy has the talent and he showed it but he needs to improve much. It’s the Egyptian media that makes you think he is.
        Secondly, during the first leg of the Juventus game he played a good match but he scored when it was 0-0 so.. What i meant is that he never scores goals when the team he is playing at is losing. Look to his games at Chelsea, Fiorentina, Basel and the Egyptian national team. So it’s like he don’t know how to behave with much pressure on the team.
        And maybe you’re right with the fact that they count a little bit too much on him but Salah still has to learn a lot to become a high quality player. I can just label him as a talented player to what he has shown this far.

        • Ahmed

          April 14, 2015 at 4:15 AM

          I too dont consider him as a top class talent in terms of what we see in Europe, but he surely do possess the talent and is only 22. He got yeaaaars of development in front of him.

          I dont buy that “he does not score when his team is losing”. First it was when the games were tied, now that we proved he scored when games are tied its “he does not when they lose”.

          Surely some of the world class players in Europe have a knack for scoring timely goals, but we just cant start filtering players with this criteria, because I promise you that 3/4 of the players considered world class would be taken off that list.

          I find it harsh to be constantly picking on a 22 year-old who is performing better than most of all the talent his age or is at least among the top 10 if not 5 of his age group (20-23) in Europe. Right now he is on the right path to develop. Scoring goals, assisting, learning that as he evolves he will be tightly marked and needs to diversify his tools in order to always stay dangerous just like all the good goal scorers in history have. Ronaldo went through this, Messi went through this (not comparing Messi to him, just giving the example)

          I have no doubt he is slightly improving every time he touches the pitch and thus even when its a bad game for him. This guy is professional. Calm, polite, determined and ready to improve…last time we saw a player close to that in Egypt was Treika. So lets give him the time. All in all I agree with you, I just get mad when I see the harsh comments right away like the guy never improved since Arab Contractors and never will.

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