Swansea 0 Napoli 0: Player ratings

Swansea 0 Napoli 0: Player ratings as Rafael Benitez's men fail to win against Premier League opposition

Ryan Bailey
By Ryan Bailey
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Napoli
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Swansea City

Michel Vorm Made an outstanding save from Hamsik in the early exchanges but largely a spectator there after as his side spent large periods in possession. 6/10

Angel Rangel Muted performance from the right-back before being hauled off shortly after the break. 5

Chico Flores Seemed to be everywhere during another energetic display. Went close with a couple of headers at the other end. 7

Ashley Williams Authoritative performance from the skipper, who read the game expertly throughout, largely thwarting the potent threat of Higuain. Was a threat in the opposition box as well. 7

Ben Davies Had his work cut out defensively but it didn’t prevent him bombing forward at every opportunity to provide Dyer with support. His crossing, however, left a bit to be desired. 6

Leon Britton Quiet but efficient evening’s work for the midfielder, who – as always – kept possession with great proficiency and kept things ticking over. 7

Jose Canas Sat in front of the back four and gave everything for the cause but lacks the ability of his teammates when in possession, often carelessly giving it away. 6

Pablo Hernandez The Spaniard is relishing his new role, in the number ten berth, as he often found space between the lines. Had the greatest influence on the first half and was the standout performer for the Swans but taken off on the hour mark. 7

Wayne Routledge Caused Maggio no end of problems with his pace and direct running. Looked to isolate the full-back at every opportunity to great effect while also cutting in-field on occasion. 7

Nathan Dyer A constant threat down the right in the first half but Reveillere quickly had his number and was ineffective and wasteful. 6

Wilfried Bony Was a live wire from the outset but after a couple of early sighters, failed to find his radar and squandered a guilt edged chance in the first half. 7

Substitutes

Jonathan de Guzman Plenty of endeavor but little quality. 5

Jonjo Shelvey Looked to get his foot on the ball in the closing stages but had little effect. 5

Marvin Emnes N/A

Napoli

Rafael Cabral Mixed evening for the goalkeeper, who on a rare start, pulled off some good saves but his game was cut short through injury. 6

Christian Maggio Didn’t look comfortable against the speed of Routledge and was consistently over-run. Booked for a reckless foul on the winger and was reluctant to venture forward. 5

Henrique The recent Brazilian recruit showed glimpses of why Napoli splashed out on him in January during a solid outing. Grappled with Bony as the game wore on and despite some uncomfortable moments will be pleased with his European debut. 7

Miguel Britos Solid as a rock, giving his opponents little change. Won every header that came his way. 7

Anthony Reveillere The former Lyon man had a busy evening but used all his experience to stand up to Rangel and Dyer and stifle the considerable threat. Reveillere grew in stature as proceedings developed. 7

Blerim Dzemaili Unconvincing performance from the Swiss international, who saw very little of the ball and was left frustrated as a result. 5

Gokhan Inler Looked to stamp his authority but the no-nonsense midfielder was caught out by the quick movement of Swansea’s front men. 6

Jose Callejon Subdued performance until the hour mark when a moment of individual brilliance nearly broke the deadlock but he dragged his shot just wide. 6

Lorenzo Insigne Went unnoticed, doing the simple things well but this was chiefly down to Swansea’s dominance. Replaced with a quarter remaining. 6

Marek Hamsik Started brightly and went close to opening the scoring with a low drive but his impact waned thereafter. Carried a threat on the break but silenced by Chico but booking for protesting typified his evening. 6

Gonzalo Higuain Worked tirelessly up front on his own with little reward. The supply line was limited as he was outmuscled by Chico and Williams. Spurned a clear-cut sight of goal shortly after the break. 6

Substitutes

Pepe Reina Unexpectedly required after Cabral’s injury and made a smart stop to deny Williams from a set-piece. 7

Dries Mertens N/A

Goran Pandev N/A

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