But they came up against a stubborn Inter, chasing a first win in Naples in 20 years, and who underlined their title credentials in front of 50,000 spectators at the San Paolo Stadium. Both teams had their goalkeepers to thank for the point with Inter's Samir Handanovic and Napoli's Pepe Reina pulling off some fine saves. "These players must be complimented," Inter coach Luciano Spalletti told Mediaset Premium after the match. "Today we played a very good game, which could have been even better. Napoli were very strong, they did incredible things. "Handanovic did what he needed to do. Reina also seemed good to me on a couple of occasions. We have suffered and we are keeping this (title race) close"
Only two teams are unbeaten after 9 games in Serie A this season: Napoli ?⚪️ Inter Milan ?⚫️ No separating them. pic.twitter.com/Y5BRJfaQRZ— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 21, 2017
"We don't have that much of a chance to go all the way in Europe, but we do want to put in a great tournament performance." Both Napoli and Inter take on teams from Genoa next week. Napoli play at Genoa with Inter hosting local rivals Sampdoria, who earlier Saturday crushed struggling Crotone with a five-goal blitz to move fifth. Sampdoria, who have a game in hand, were three goals up by half-time. Gianmarco Ferrari headed in after three minutes against his former club. Fabio Quagliarella converted a penalty on 11 minutes after Arlind Ajeti dragged down Duvan Zapata, with Gianluca Caprari tapping in a third before the break. Polish pair Karol Linetty and substitute Dawid Kownacki added two more for good measure in a five-minute spree from 71 minutes as Sampdoria kept their perfect home record. "We're going through a good run of form, even if we know there are always going to be high and lows in a campaign," said Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo.
Napoli are chasing the Serie A dream. ? pic.twitter.com/66Wq7zIl2k— Goal UK (@GoalUK) October 22, 2017