The footballing phenomenon that is Cristiano Ronaldo is still going strong at Juventus at 35-years-old, and it begs the question – will he try his luck anywhere else in the world before calling it a day? A return to Portugal seems to make sense, a fleeting return to Manchester United has never been ruled out, a season at Paris Saint Germain maybe, or even an MLS adventure.
Milan beat Juventus 4-2 to capture their fourth win in five games after the lock-down as the Bianconeri experienced an authentic blackout and gave away a two-goal lead. It was Milan’s first Serie A win over the black-and-whites since four years. Far from saying that Juventus’ claim on the Scudetto is at risk, but Maurizio Sarri’s band suddenly found themselves fragile.
Ralf Rangnick’s appointment to Milan is more or less a done deal with the German set to join the Rossoneri for next season. He is set to sign a 3-year deal worth €15M with an option to extend for a further year. Milan will be hoping that their tenth managerial appointment since Massimiliano Allegri in 2014 will be the one to finally help them regain their European powerhouse status.
The name of Enzo Maresca probably won’t ring any bell to most Juventus fans, especially the younger ones. After all, this journeyman midfielder collected only 37 caps for the Bianconeri across 4 seasons. Still, Maresca is mostly remembered at Juventus for his famous celebration after scoring in a Derby della Mole against cross-town rivals Torino.
Italian football fans have just been treated to the first full round of Serie A action since the restart, and it was peppered with talk of relegation, European qualification and of course, the Scudetto. Inter and Sassuolo played out a thrilling 3-3 draw, and Atalanta staged a dramatic comeback to beat Lazio 3-2, as they look for a place in next season’s Champions League.
The Coppa Italia final wasn’t the one for ages – after a dire 90 minutes of football, only the penalties separated the two sides. However, Juventus’ sterile performance caught the eyes of many, and we’ll dive into some of the tactical nuances of the match, explaining how Gennaro Gattuso was able to shut down Maurizio Sarri’s star-studded side.
Napoli won the Coppa Italia 2020 beating Juventus on penalties after a nil-nil draw. The Partenopei won the penalty lottery scoring from all their four attempts, while Juventus missed their first two shots. The first post-COVID 19 Italian trophy is all for Gennaro Gattuso, who inherited a team on the verge of a breakdown and managed to put their pieces back together.
Serie A is back again after months of inactivity and we can expect a lot to go down over the next few weeks. The season is set to be completed properly and following that, the transfer window will be wide open. Some stories have been growing already so let’s take a look at the recent top transfer rumors, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gonzalo Higuain’s future.
Aaron Ramsey has endured a difficult first season for Juventus since completing a free transfer from Arsenal. Struggles for form and fitness have restricted him, with just 15 league appearances under his belt. A Premier League return seems the most likely avenue for the 29-year-old. So let’s take a look at the likely clubs where Ramsey could be playing his football next season.
The good news is that football is finally back in Italy, even if to see the first post-pandemic goals we’ll have to wait a little more. In a deserted Allianz Stadium, the second leg of the Coppa Italia Semi-Final between Juventus and Milan ended in a goalless draw, an outcome which qualified the Bianconeri to next week’s Final on away goals rule.
Italian football will return on 12 June as Juventus, Milan, Napoli, and Inter square off to conquer the Coppa Italia. All eyes will be on the remaining games of the domestic cup – the second leg of the Semi-Finals and the Final to be played in the space of four days. The clash between Juventus and Milan will kick-start football again in Italy after three months.
In less than a month, the Serie A is set to welcome it’s doors open for action once again. There might have been no action on the pitch for the last two months but a lot has gone down regardless. So let’s take a look at the top Serie A sides and their major activities while football was forced to stop, with a special focus on the rumored transfer market deals.