In France, Belgium and the Netherlands, even in this convoluted campaign, they have found time for a momentary pause in proceedings, while league action in Russia and Serbia does not resume until February. However, across the rest of Europe and throughout England’s professional pyramid, there is no respite as the games continue to stack up thick and fast.
Napoli recorded their first win in four games with a 4-1 victory at Cagliari in which Bakayoko featured for all but the final few minutes. It was a result that took Gennaro Gattuso’s side into the Champions League qualification places in Serie A, although the Neapolitans were helped by playing the final 25 minutes with an additional man.
Bakayoko, operating as one of two holding midfielders, was involved in the crucial third goal for his side, winning a header in the box before Hirving Lozano finished from close range. They could go third if they win their game in hand.
Elsewhere in Italy, David Zappacosta started his first game since a heavy defeat at Napoli in late September as Genoa drew 1-1 against Lazio.