After a midweek of Coppa Italia football, Serie A returns as the second half of the season officially gets underway! There is no team in Italian football that wouldn’t swap places with Lazio right now, as the Biancocelesti have recorded 10 straight league wins, and their talisman Ciro Immobile is the campionato top scorer with 20 goals.
Italy’s capital and its Stadio Olimpico will play host to two top-class matches this week in Serie A, with Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio receiving a Napoli side whose new coach Gennaro Gattuso is still struggling to make click, and Roma welcoming Juventus on Sunday in what promises to be an extremely fulfilling matchup and this round’s biggest fixture.
In today’s edition of our Stickers Swapping column, we take a look at some of the top club’s market situation and how they should be acting in this transfer window. Juventus and Milan were the first to move, securing the services of Dejan Kulusevski and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Serie A might be set to welcome back some big names like Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal…
The holidays are over and Serie A is back! The new decade begins with an exciting match-up as league table leaders Inter pay a visit to Napoli and Serie A welcomes back Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Antonio Conte will be relying on his star striker Romelu Lukaku in search for a win that Inter last achieved at the San Paolo stadium in 1997.
While Serie A was in full force during the weekend, Juventus and Lazio faced off in Saudi Arabia for the Italian Supercup. The Bianconeri received another footballing lesson as they lost 1-3 to the Eagles for the second time in 15 days. Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta inflicted a shameful 5-0 defeat to Stefano Pioli’s Milan, while Inter dominantly burst through Genoa.
After having played earlier this week due to their Super Cup commitment, Juventus travel to Riyadh to face Lazio, the only team to have inflicted defeat upon them so far this season. Meanwhile, Roma were generous guests on Friday night as they showered Fiorentina with four goals in Florence, in a match that has been dubbed in recent years as the “Batistuta Derby.”
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.
A sparkling, ruthless Lazio side forced Juventus to suffer their first seasonal league loss as they prevailed 3-1 in a Stadio Olimpico showdown on Saturday night. Goals by Luiz Felipe, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, and Felipe Caicedo cemented the Biancocelesti’s third place in the table, while Maurizio Sarri’s squad missed a chance to regain the top spot in the league.
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.
Ciro Immobile is a particular kind of striker. He has always scored, in every team he played. At the same time, he has also always shown some limits, especially when he tried to take his career to the next level. That is one of the reasons why public opinion never seems to have ever considered him a top striker, even though his scoring stats with Lazio are impressive.