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.
In Champions League Round 5, Juventus beat Atletico Madrid to cement their place in the knockout rounds, while Inter grabbed the win they needed to remain in contention for qualification. Atalanta dispatched of Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb, whereas Liverpool and Napoli settled for one point which still leaves the Partenopei with hope of snatching top spot.
Juventus switched to HD (Higuain-Dybala) mode in the second half of a complicated game to come from behind and wrap a 1-3 win in Bergamo. The Bianconeri’s recipe is always the same: A poor start, Maurizio Sarri’s mark failing to catch on the Zebras’ game, then the stroke of genius of a single individual to pull his side’s chestnuts out of the fire.
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.
Atalanta left the San Paolo Stadium unscathed as they held Napoli onto a 2-2 tie to consolidate their third place in the Serie A table. The Partenopei took the lead twice, but failed to capitalize and ultimately left the pitch furious at referee Piero Giacomelli, guilty in their eyes of not having sanctioned with a penalty a contact in the box between Simon Kjaer and Fernando Llorente.
A cap, a bandage on his neck, a hollow-cheeked appearance that still did not affect his proud look. Sinisa Mihajlovic dropped like a bomb on the Serie A opening round as he sat on Bologna’s bench for their debut in Verona. His appearance was the icicle on the cake of a Serie A Round 1 which saw Juventus, Napoli, and Inter win, whereas Milan lost to Udinese.
Lazio and Atalanta emerged as winners from the two Coppa Italia 2018-19 Semi Finals, and will battle for the league cup title on May 15 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. And while the Biancocelesti may have the advantage of playing the last act at home, the Bergamaschi have no intention to stop dreaming after having eliminated Juventus and Fiorentina.
Chelsea’s new coach Maurizio Sarri recently argued that when a team goes up 2-0 in Italy, the score doesn’t change anymore. Well, Roma and Atalanta proved him wrong yesterday, drawing 3-3 their game at the Stadio Olimpico in Serie A Round 2, and providing an excellent example of champagne football, ignited by a true gem by Javier Pastore.
It’s still summer football, but whoever decided the fixtures of these initial Serie A rounds knows how to capture people’s attention. The second campionato matchday sees Juventus facing a Lazio side shaken by some alleged tension between President Claudio Lotito and coach Simone Inzaghi, while Milan make their seasonal debut at Napoli.
With two Europa League preliminary rounds already on their back, Atalanta are the fittest Serie A club at the moment. Their opening match tonight followed the same pattern seen in Europe, with the Bergamaschi delivering a hailstorm of goals to unfortunate Frosinone. Captain Alejandro Gomez scored 2 goals and served 2 assist to set his side off to a good start.
The hype surrounding Serie A 2018-2019 has been unprecedented in the recent seasons of the Italian top flight, but not many fans will have the will to celebrate at a goal scored on a football pitch this weekend, as the whole of Italy is still shocked at the tragedy that struck the city of Genova, where last Monday a motorway bridge collapsed taking 41 lives.
For six minutes, Serie A 2017-2018 virtually ended in the hands of Juventus last Wednesday, as Massimiliano Allegri’s band were all set to increase their gap versus pursuing Napoli to nine points. But then, the unexpected happened in Round 33, with the Bianconeri conceding a shocking equaliser at Crotone, and Maurizio Sarri’s Azzurri managing to come from behind with Udinese.