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.
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.
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.
Perhaps Azzurri’s coach Roberto Mancini should find a way to freeze down Ciro Immobile until June to preserve his astounding state of shape and then unfreeze him just before the Euro 2020. The Nazionale and Lazio’s cannoniere demolished Sampdoria with a hat-trick to lead his side to their 11th consecutive league victory on Saturday.
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.
Juventus are the Serie A Winter Champions as they beat Roma 2-1 in the Stadio Olimpico showdown on Sunday thanks to a double lead taken early in the game with a brutal one-two. The match was, however, stained by young starlet Nicoló Zaniolo’s injury, as the Azzurri sensation left the pitch in the 34th minute with a torn right-knee cruciate ligament. His season is likely over.
Inter genuinely got a break on Saturday night against an awesome Atalanta side. The Nerazzurri snatched one point only and, now sitting at 46 in the table, risk being overtaken by Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus for the ephemeral title of Winter Champions. Atalanta came close to grab the three points and were only stopped by Samir Handanovic, who saved a late penalty.