There is only a few clubs besides the “usual suspects” which have been showing glimpses of greatness in Serie A in the past few years. This season, the team stirring up a storm is Cagliari, currently sitting 4th in the table. The Rossoblu managed by Rolando Maran have been exceeding everyone’s expectations thanks to Radja Nainggolan’s comeback to Sardinia.
Adriano Leite Ribeiro’s meteoric rise coincided with a grand epoch in Italian football. He was already on his way to featuring on the cover of video games in 2003, as the Champions League hosted an all-Italian final. Transfer records were being broken and the world’s hottest footballing prospects had their eye on eventually reaching the pinnacle of calcio.
Some hope. This is what Milan supporters were left with after yet another defeat at the Juventus Stadium. Because yes, Stefano Pioli’s team lost again, even though they played better than the Bianconeri. However, there was more than a nice performance to give hope to the Rossoneri fans, as it seems that Pioli is finally succeeding in getting the best out of his players.
When Matthijs De Ligt joined Juventus this summer, he was supposed to be the crown jewel of the Bianconeri ambitions. The 20-year-old represented everything Juventus were looking for in a player, fitting the bill as a ball-playing center-back who could slide just right in with Maurizio Sarri’s possession-dominant style of play. However, something went wrong in the process.
Juventus, what a Joya! The Bianconeri resorted to Argentinian striker Paulo Dybala to bend Milan’s strenuous resistance and retain their top spot in the Serie A table, one point ahead of Inter. The Old Lady danced a dangerous waltz with the Devil, but eventually came out as winner thanks to their cynicism, making the best out of one of their few scoring chances.
Napoli Ultras showed their anger and frustration before the match with Genoa on Saturday night as their beloved squad had failed to register a single win in their last four games in all competitions. The game with the Rossoblu was supposed to be all about redeeming those past failures, but the Partenopei bumped into a relentless opposition on the part of Genoa.
Before both supporter sides declared their 36-year-long gemellaggio officially broken, Genoa and Napoli fans had a long-lasting friendship. Their twinning had a fascinating history, deep-rooted in events where football merged with historical circumstances such as the aftermath of the 1973 tragic breakout of cholera in Napoli, which little had to do with sports.
Roma caught their third win in a row as they topped Napoli 2-1 in Serie A Round 11 on Saturday. Niccoló Zaniolo wrapped his third seasonal goal to push the Giallorossi ahead before Jordan Veretout could double the lead from the penalty spot. Arkadiusz Milik made it to the scorecard for the fifth time in four games to reduce the gap for the Partenopei.
Atalanta left the San Paolo Stadium unscathed as they held Napoli onto a 2-2 tie to consolidate their third place in the Serie A table. The Partenopei took the lead twice, but failed to capitalize and ultimately left the pitch furious at referee Piero Giacomelli, guilty in their eyes of not having sanctioned with a penalty a contact in the box between Simon Kjaer and Fernando Llorente.
Milan’s psychodrama continued today at the Stadio Olimpico as the Rossoneri left three more points on the road losing 1-2 to Roma. Stefano Pioli’s side’s awful defending offered Edin Dzeko and Nicoló Zaniolo two easy chances to make it to the scorecard, frustrating Theo Hernandez’s equalizer. Roma thus lifted themselves up to the 5th place in the table.
Leave Sebastiano Esposito alone and let him grow, one would say. Well, small chance of that. Since Antonio Conte sent him in at San Siro during Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund, nothing will be the same anymore for the 17-year-old Inter’s young prospect. People won’t stop talking about him and building hype around the supposedly new hope of calcio.
There are many reasons why Francesco Totti has gained an unparalleled place of honor in the Roma supporters’ pantheon, as well as in any good calcio lover’s. The most simple is that perhaps he was just an awesomely talented football player, capable of scoring such unique goals as the one by which he stunned the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in a 2-4 win against Sampdoria.