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Napoli Hanging with the Milan Clubs

After eleven Serie A matches, Napoli is tied with AC Milan on 23 points and is only one point behind first place Internazionale. 

The Partenopei have used a strong defense and timely goals thus far.  Goalkeeper Gennaro Iezzo recorded four saves in his shutout victory over Sampdoria on Sunday.

In the 2-0 victory, goals came from Daniele Mannini and substitute Marcelo Zalayeta.  Zalayeta, the 29-year-old Uruguayan, has scored two goals in eight league appearances.  Fellow Uruguayan, Walter Gargano, has also played a pivotal role for Napoli.  The 24-year-old midfielder arrived in 2007.

Top goal scorers, German Denis (5 goals) and Marek Hamsik (4 goals) are new to the squad, both arrived after 2007, but have quickly jelled with their teammates.

Can Napoli keep up its winning ways?