The club from Naples was led by trainer-coach Maurizio Sarri, the successor of Rafael Benítez who left for Real Madrid last season. Forward Gonzalo Higuaín has become the top scorer of the Serie A this season. The striker from Argentina scored no less than 36 times in 35 league games. On April 25, Juventus extended the Italian national title, after second-placed Napoli lost 1-0 to AS Roma. The difference between the two teams had therefore increased to an unbridgeable gap of twelve points, with three games to play.