A shocking hire out of the blue, Rudi Garcia has the unenviable task of following Luciano Spalletti as Napoli's next manager. Before he was dumped by Cristiano Ronaldo and Al-Nassr, the manager had mediocre stints at Lyon and Marseille. So what was the Napoli brass thinking in making this lackluster hire? Well, let's take a look.
Inter started the match brightly using the width and playing directly to create good chances early. However, Juventus did not sit back, and they were committed to creating their own scoring opportunities. Despite being a controversial goal, Juventus broke to tie open within the first half an hour.
The difference between good sides and top teams is the ability to get results under all circumstances. It is ironic that a Mourinho team, a side that prepares to play with ten, or without a manager in training, was unable to put it together on match day. The largest takeaway however is that Sassuolo have a rising star with Armand Laurienté.
Maurizio Sarri eyed up three points on his return to his former club. The heavyweight clash had many excited to watch the match unfold at the Stadio Maradona. Lazio handed Napoli their second loss of the season in Napoli. As far as one-nil matches go this one certainly delivers. Lazio executed Sarri’s game plan perfectly and were about to come away with a result despite not being the better team.
Truthfully the Lazio vs Atalanta match on paper seemed to be the highlight of the round, but it did not fulfill expectations. Both teams needed a win to make their push for a Champions League spot more secure. The incentive to attack the game left many hoping the two sides would treat spectators to a high scoring end to end match.
In the second edition of the Derby della Madonnina in just three weeks, Milan’s horrible run of from extended as they lost again to bitter cross city rivals Inter. However, it was not for a lack of changes as Stefano Pioli’s men lined up in a novel shape. The question of what Milan learned from their 0-3 thrashing in Saudi Arabia would become evident quickly.
José Mourinho’s Roma produced one of the most solid performances against the league leaders Napoli this season, however it was not enough. The following tactical analysis will explain how Roma were almost able to secure a point in a tough away fixture at Napoli.
This Derby della Madonnina between Inter and Milan may have been hosted in Saudi Arabia, but the focus was on the two teams from Milan: the following tactical analysis will seek to explain how Inter were able to dominate most of the match.
In Round 22 of Serie A, Atalanta hosted current league leaders and defending champions Inter in a bid to close the gap on the top spot. The game was not as high-scoring as some of us might have predicted, as both teams neutralized each other and had to settle for an unlikely 0-0 draw.
In Round 21 of Serie A, one of the key battles of the week took place at the Stadio Olimpico as Roma hosted Juventus in Sunday’s late game. The match could be considered one of the best thrillers of the Serie A season so far, as Juventus pulled off an astonishing comeback.
Roma vs Inter marked Jose Mourinho’s return to face his old club, with whom he won an unprecedented treble back in 2010. The Portuguese manager has had a mixed start to his life in Italy’s capital as the Giallorossi have fallen out of the top six in recent weeks.
In Round 14 of Serie A, one of the key battles took place on Saturday night as Juventus hosted Atalanta, who were looking for their first away win against the Bianconeri since 1989. The following tactical analysis will break down the key patterns of play for both teams and explain the intricacies of their tactical approach to the game.