Roma’s disappointing run in 2020 continued as they suffered their fifth defeat in seven games. Bologna, on the other hand, recorded their third straight league win, thanks to Riccardo Orsolini, and new signing Musa Barrow. The Serie A weekend will climax on Sunday night as Inter and Milan square off in the Derby di Milano.
The Derby di Milano between Inter and Milan is always a match that is massive in the football world. As a result of this season so far, both clubs are desperate to win. This may seem obvious, but it's true. Here influential calcio blogger Joseph Porco from Calcio Fan Blogs previews for us the much-awaited Derby della Madonnina.
The January transfer market window is officially closed and the Serie A has seen its usual loan deals going through. It’s been a pretty interesting month for the Italian clubs so let’s take a deeper look into the business every side has undergone in this massive recap post of the Calciomercato session. We will also be rating each club's campaign.
It took Romelu Lukaku's fifth brace in Serie A to put Inter back on track after three draws in a row and keep them on Juventus’ back. The Nerazzurri won 2-0 against Udinese among much difficulty as the Bianconeri managed to keep Antonio Conte’s side at bay for more than one hour with their physical superiority.
Here’s our usual preview of this weekend’s match-ups, starting from Brescia traveling to Bologna in search of their first win there since 2005 and concluding with Sampdoria hosting Napoli on Monday night hoping to replicate last season's 3-0 win. Inter will hope to make good use of their new signings as they pay a visit to Udinese with an eye to next week's Derby with Milan.
When Milan acquired 29-year-old George Weah from PSG in the summer of 1995, many commentators raised their eyebrows. "King George” would, however, prove them wrong and become an iconic player for the Milanese side, remembered for such exploits as the coast-to-coast goal he scored against Verona in the opening game of the 1996-97 season.
The Serie A weekend just behind us brought some unexpected development of things, especially as all the teams from the top failed to make a significant impact. It looks like things are heating up in Italy. Here are the Top 5 topics for discussion we inherited from the last round, from Napoli taking down the champions to Inter failing to win for the third time in a row.
A stellar Atalanta delivered Torino the worst home humiliation in their history. Gian Piero Gasperini’s Bergamaschi were unstoppable on Saturday, led by Josep Ilicic in full berserk mode. The Slovenian tallied three goals, including a formidable one scored from the midfield line. Additional goals by Gosens, Zapata, and a double by Muriel set the score at 7-0.
Milan won 1-0 in at the Mario Rigamonti Stadium in Brescia on Friday to extend their winning streak to three games and continue their climb back up the Serie A table. However, it took a string of saves by goalie Gianluigi Donnarumma and Ante Rebic’s third goal in a row to pull the Rossoneri’s chestnuts out of the fire in a game which the Rondinelle played better.
The last Serie A matches of January will end on a high as Roma host Lazio in the capital’s big derby and Napoli welcome Juventus to the Italian South. Lazio come into the derby with an astonishing 11-game winning streak. Roma, on the other hand, suffered damaging setbacks with consecutive home defeats to Torino and Juventus.
Inter are currently sitting second in the Serie A table - 4 points off leaders Juventus - but are starting to lose tempo. The Nerazzurri need some good back-ups for their starters and have been looking mostly at the Premier League to fill in their gaps. Players set to join Antonio Conte's side include Olivier Giroud and Victor Moses, while Ashley Young already landed in Milano.
The title race in the Serie A is still going strong, but Juventus caught some separation after Lecce stunned the Nerazzurri holding them onto a draw, with Lazio threatening just behind and Napoli’s downfall continuing despite Gennaro Gattuso’s appointment. SPAL were the surprise of the day as they came from behind to shock Atalanta.