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Who is Mathias Olivera: characteristics and quality of Napoli’s second purchase

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Who is Mathias Olivera: characteristics and quality of Napoli’s second purchase
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After the championship in third place, a position that will allow the Azzurri to be able to play there again Champions League next year, the Naples is already projected on transfer market. The news of the arrival of the agreement with Getafe for the purchase of the left back is at the last hour Mathias Oliverawhich will support tomorrow the medical visits before he can be officially considered a new Napoli player. It will be the Azzurri’s second purchase in this market after that of Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

The Uruguayan arrives to replace Faouzi Ghoulam, who left Napoli at no cost after his contract expired. The Algerian, however, in the recent period has given very little his contribution due to his physical problems, often forcing Mario Rui to work overtime. Olivera, therefore, represents a fundamental purchase in order to finally be able to increase defensive rotations.

Photo: Getty Images- Mathias Olivera

Olivera’s career: the beginnings and the arrival in Liga

Olivera, class 97, he will turn 25 in October. He began his career in Club Nacional de Football, the most famous club in the Uruguayan championship after PeƱarol. He immediately shows himself as a very promising player, helping both the youth selection of his club and that of his national team to obtain excellent results. He made his first team debut on February 13, 2016, in the 3-0 victory of his team against Atletico River Plate Montevideo. However, he will play with his club’s first team only two official matches, before moving on on loan to Antenas de San Carlos in January 2017, a few months before the start of Under 20 World Cup in South Korea.

Here he will show off, playing all the matches of the competition closed then in fourth place and winning the call of the Spanish club of Getafe. He made his debut in La Liga on November 3, 2017taking over from the bench in the 3-3 tie with Betis. In his first season in Spain, he only collects 3 seasoned appearances however by a networkwhich was decisive for the victory of his team against theEibar. In the summer, he moves on loan to theAlbacete to gain experience playing in the Spanish second division. His excellent performances meant that his home club decided to bring him back to base as early as January, even before the end of the season. From there, he asserts himself as a undisputed owner of the Madrid club. This season ended with the achievement of the fifth place valid for theEuropa Leaguelosing the Champions League qualification only on the last day.

The characteristics of Olivera: who is the new blue back

Olivera has marked offensive attitudesalthough he is not a “bonus” man: in fact, he collected alone 3 goals and 7 assists during his time at Getafe. He played both like low back in a 442, which like external “box to box” in a 3-5-2 with more pushing tasks.

Its main qualities are the speedalso topped with a good one techniqueand theaggressiona typical gift of Uruguayan footballers (the note “Garra charrua”). These qualities of him could be very useful to mister Spalletti in order to allow him to reinforce his team’s offensive play on the left wing, which he will already have to do without Lorenzo Insigneboth to increase the effectiveness of the pressing of his team and retrieve the ball in higher areas.

Olivera Naples
Olivera Napoli (Getty Images)

Olivera’s career: his national team debut

In the following season, Olivera therefore had the opportunity to debut in an important international competition such as the Europa League, exiting the competition in the round of 16 againstInterwhile on the other hand only one arrives in the league eighth place, two points from the positioning useful to repeat this qualification. Olivera’s last two seasons at Getafe have been rather disappointing in terms of team results, with his club taking the salvation only on the final days in both cases.

On a personal level, however, his greatest satisfaction came this year: the debut in the national teamhappened on January 28, 2022 during the match valid for the world qualifiers against Paraguay. From there, Olivera became a permanent member of her selection, helping her hit a hard time qualification for the World Cup in Qatar.



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