In a week where Aurelio De Laurentiis outdid himself, Inter managed to fall out of the Champions League despite playing Barcelona’s combined, almost B-Team, and Lazio managed to keep up with the leading pack, it’s been an entertaining seven days in Belpaese. Let’s take a look at what happened in last weekend’s Serie A match-ups.
After some bitter-sweet results by Italian clubs in the mid-week European competitions, we turn our focus to this weekend’s Round 16 of Serie A, which includes some exciting match-ups in the week of Milan’s celebration of their 120th anniversary. The famously-dubbed Derby della Lanterna between Genoa and Sampdoria will be the main course of the program.
An entertaining football weekend in Italy was overshadowed by Corriere dello Sport’s unfortunate headline introducing match-clou Inter-Roma. Antonio Conte’s men couldn’t take advantage of the Giallorossi’s disconnected performance and the game ended in a goalless draw, while Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio extended their string of good results.
This week’s Serie A match program promises to have some mouth-watering clashes, despite the biggest game of the weekend between Inter and Roma having already been played, ending in a goalless stalemate on Friday night. Bologna’s coach Sinisa Mihajlovic will hopefully be able to make his fifth dugout appearance since he was diagnosed with leukemia this summer.
A 1-1 stalemate didn’t heal either contender’s wounds as Milan and Napoli split the ante in the match clou of Serie A Round 13. Saturday’s clash at the San Siro Stadium confirmed that both Stefano Pioli and Carlo Ancelotti have still much to work on, at the end of a game where Giacomo Bonaventura answered to Hirving Lozano’s opener in the space of five minutes.
Serie A is back with a bang! Round 13 of the Italian league features many important match-ups, the biggest of which surely is Milan-Napoli at the San Siro Stadium. Atalanta host table leaders Juventus in the battle between the league’s best attack and its best defense, while Antonio Conte’s Inter travel to the Olympic Stadium in Turin to play Torino.
Football is a cruel sport nowadays. Perhaps never in history has it been so difficult to keep up the highest level for so long, and Serie A is no different. Recently, we discussed Matthijs De Ligt’s struggles to adapt to the Italian football mentality. In this article, we’ll take a look at some other disappointments in Serie A this season, and discuss whether they can turn it around.
If the Roma-Juventus feud characterized the first half of the ‘80s in Italian football, there is no doubt about Milan-Napoli being the most exciting duel towards the end of the decade. The match that set the beginning of this rivalry took place on January 3, 1988, when Ruud Gullit literally drove the Partenopei nuts and inflicted them their first seasonal defeat.
Some hope. This is what Milan supporters were left with after yet another defeat at the Juventus Stadium. Because yes, Stefano Pioli’s team lost again, even though they played better than the Bianconeri. However, there was more than a nice performance to give hope to the Rossoneri fans, as it seems that Pioli is finally succeeding in getting the best out of his players.
Juventus, what a Joya! The Bianconeri resorted to Argentinian striker Paulo Dybala to bend Milan’s strenuous resistance and retain their top spot in the Serie A table, one point ahead of Inter. The Old Lady danced a dangerous waltz with the Devil, but eventually came out as winner thanks to their cynicism, making the best out of one of their few scoring chances.
Milan’s psychodrama continued today at the Stadio Olimpico as the Rossoneri left three more points on the road losing 1-2 to Roma. Stefano Pioli’s side’s awful defending offered Edin Dzeko and Nicoló Zaniolo two easy chances to make it to the scorecard, frustrating Theo Hernandez’s equalizer. Roma thus lifted themselves up to the 5th place in the table.
Marco Giampaolo is safe. Milan’s coach found a last-minute ally in goalkeeper Juan Manuel Reina, who stopped a late penalty to preserve his side’s 1-2 win at Genoa. That’s the least the Spaniard could do to redeem himself after a blunder of his had put the Rossoblu ahead, before Theo Hernandez and Frank Kessié could turn the tables in favor of the Rossoneri.