What a weekend of Calcio! On Friday night, Napoli and Juventus played the partitissima of the week. Man of the Match was Gonzalo Higuain, and the three points went to Juventus. Inter took full advantage of their chance to get to the first position by hammering Chievo Verona 5-0. But this weekend, the most difficult of tests is waiting for them: Will they be able to defeat Juventus at their home ground Allianz Stadium?
The last round of Serie A didn’t offer any big match. However, it did tell us many things, and underlined once again the supremacy of the bigger teams over the weaker sides. Napoli, Inter, and Juventus all won their games. But the question of the day is: What was Daniele De Rossi thinking when he decided to slap Gianluca Lapadula, earning a red card, conceding a penalty to Genoa and leaving his mates outnumbered?
Napoli won again, maintaining the leadership of Serie A for at least one more week. The Partenopei beat AC Milan 2-1, showing a less shining and sparkling football than usual, due to a courageous and well-trained opponent side. As claimed by coach Maurizio Sarri, Saturday night at San Paolo Napoli played a slightly atypical game for their standards: For the first time this season, his boys finished with a less ball possession than their opponents.
What’s going on, Mr. Ventura? We are talking about last night, of course, as we are not sure what happened. For the full time of our match against Sweden, the verve was missing among the Azzurri. We simply appeared weak, confused, and disorganized. Italy forgot they were Italy – and, what’s worse – it looked like they also forgot that chances to make it to World Cup 2018 were at stake.
Ok, we didn’t win today. Still, Napoli are on a non-losing streak in Serie A since 20 matches, with three draws and 17 wins. Today, Inter didn’t get more than a draw either, and Juventus got three points against Benevento winning only for 2-1. We go back home with one small point, but we still hold the first position with a +1 advantage versus Juventus, which are now second alone.
We are still there. We own the first position. We play football, one of the best in Europe. Last night we showed Lucky Luciano Spalletti how you are supposed to play calcio and, well…He reminded us that Italian football is based on defense, so boring, so catenaccio. People, the beautiful game has evolved!
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