Underrated Mertens to surpass Maradona's Napoli record.

The goals just would not dry up for Dries Mertens, the diminutive winger-turned-striker adding another double to close in on the records of Napoli’s all-time top scorers Marik Hamsik and, well, Diego Maradona. Also Kalidou Koulibaly, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, and Carlo Ancelotti side’s title hopes. The best stories, comments, and highlights from 2019/2020 Serie A Matchday 3 team of the week.

4-4-2 | Wojciech Szczesny (8.34, Fiorentina vs Juventus); Giovanni Di Lorenzo (7.91. Napoli vs Sampdoria), Luca Ceppitelli (8.58, Parma vs Cagliari), Kalidou Koulibaly (7.79, Napoli vs Sampdoria), Marco Calderoni (7.48, Torino vs Lecce); Riccardo Orsolini (8.36, Brescia vs Bologna), Lorenzo Pellegrini (8.55, AS Roma vs Sassuolo), Stefano Sensi (8.26, Inter Milan vs Udinese), Jasmin Kurtic (8.07, SPAL 2013 vs Lazio); Rodrigo Palacio (9.15, Brescia vs Bologna), Dries Mertens (8.83, Napoli vs Sampdoria)

WOJCIECH SCZCZESNY

@smabs12

Player rating: 8.34
Team score: Fiorentina 0–0 Juventus
Individual highlights: 5 total saves

GIOVANNI DI LORENZO

@officialsscnapoli

Player rating: 7.91
Team score: Napoli 2–0 Sampdoria
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 3 key passes

"

I didn’t call Giovanni Di Lorenzo to our training camps when he's still with Empoli last year by chance.

He has quality, he needs to gain experience at certain levels, but he’s in my plans."

– Robert Mancini on Giovanni Di Lorenzo's chances to play for Italy

LUCA CEPPITELLI

@lucaceppi_23

Player rating: 8.58
Team score: Parma 1–3 Cagliari
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 6 clearances

KALIDOU KOULIBALY

@kkoulibaly26

Player rating: 7.79
Team score: Napoli 2–0 Sampdoria
Individual highlights: 106 touches, 4 tackles

"

This is what I want my own son to understand. This is what I hope those people who howl at me will remember, some day.

Maybe we're different, yes. But we're all brothers."

– Kalidou Koulibaly on #notoracism

MARCO CALDERONI

@leccecalciostories

Player rating: 7.48
Team score: Torino 1–2 Lecce
Individual highlights: 3 interceptions, 4 clearances

RICCARDO ORSOLINI

@riccardo_orsolini7

Player rating: 8.36
Team score: Brescia 3–4 Bologna
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

LORENZO PELLEGRINI

@lorepelle7

Player rating: 8.55
Team score: Roma 4–2 Sassuolo
Individual highlights: 3 assists, 3 key passes

STEFANO SENSI

@stefanosensi12

Player rating: 8.26
Team score: Inter 1–0 Udinese
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 3 key passes

Diego Godin assist Stefano Sensi, Inter Milan vs Udinese, Serie A 2019/2020
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JASMIN KURTIC

@kurtic89

Player rating: 8.07
Team score: SPAL 2013 2–1 Lazio
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 6 aerials won

RODRIGO PALACIO

@rodrigopalaciok

Player rating: 9.15
Team score: Brescia 3–4 Bologna
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

DRIES MERTENS

@officialsscnapoli

Player rating: 8.83
Team score: Napoli 2–0 Sampdoria
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 3 key passes

"

As a young man you might think that you’re missing out on a lot of fun, the parties, the going out.

I say don’t worry, don’t think you’re missing out on those things because you’re going to end up having better versions of them later."

– Dries Mertens on the advice he would have given his 16-year-old self

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