Perhaps Stefano Pioli has found the magic formula. His brand-new attacking couple made of Rafael Leao and Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped Milan return to victory after three games without goals as the Rossoneri made full score in Cagliari on Saturday. Ibra scored his goal number 57 in red-and-black after Rafael Leao, with a bit of luck, had put Milan in the driving seat.
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.
Napoli-Inter was the radiography of two football sides living diametrically opposed moments, with the final outcome taking a perfect snapshot of the situation. The Nerazzurri easily moved past the struggling Partenopei to capture their first win in Napoli since 1998, thanks to a sumptuous performance by Romelu Lukaku – who is turning Serie A into his personal game reserve.
A goalless draw at San Siro, with Sampdoria snatching an important away point in view of their battle to remain in Serie A. Milan were held onto a nil-nil home tie for the second time in a row, after Sassuolo had ruined their 120th birthday before Christmas. The return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, sent in by Stefano Pioli in the second half, didn’t help the Rossoneri.
Verona began the new year by winning 2-0 in Ferrara against SPAL in a key relegation battle. Goals by Giampaolo Pazzini and Mariusz Stepinski put the Scaligeri ahead of the Biancazzurri, which played with one man less for 55 minutes after Nenad Tomovic was sent off. Ivan Juric’s side moved to 22 points in the table with one match still to play.
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.
“Out with the old and in with the new.” This is Roma’s new year’s resolution. The Italian capital-based club is on the verge of a change of ownership as American billionaire Dan Friedkin is set to buy it from his fellow countryman James Pallotta. The Wolves issued a statement on Monday confirming that they are in talks with The Friedkin Group.
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.