A late drama at the U-Power Stadium saw Juventus snatch a last-gasp 2-1 win over Monza to lift themselves top of the Serie A table as they wait for Inter to take on Napoli on Sunday night. Federico Gatti was the unexpected hero of the day as he scored Juventus' winner on 94 minutes, just a few seconds after Valentin Carboni had equalized Adrient Rabiot's early opener for the Bianconeri.
Federico Gatti put his stamp on a dramatic affair by restoring the Old Lady's lead in the 94th minute. So here are our player ratings for Juventus who survived a major scare to beat Monza 2-1 and place themselves on top of the table, albeit temporarily.
Andrea Colpani is one of the most talked-about players in Serie A, but Monza CEO Adriano Galliani stated that he wouldn’t transfer in January: “No team has come to us to discuss him yet. He has a five-year contract. It’s December, and we won’t sit down to negotiate till June."
Stadio Brianteo forms the backdrop for a revenge-poised Serie A encounter between mid-table Monza and title-bidding Juventus. Friday's showdown in Lombardy is a potential chance for the visitors to settle the score with Rafaelle Palladino's side and temporarily leapfrog Inter at the league's summit.
Raffaele Palladino is touted to be one of the main candidates to succeed Massimiliano Allegri should Juventus part ways with their long-time manager. The veteran won’t stay put unless he and the club agree to a new contract. The Bianconeri front office is already sold.
Juventus will witness Andrea Colpani first-hand as they take on Monza on Friday, and, while he has been linked to a host of teams, they and Inter are the most interested ones. The Nerazzurri held some advantages, but the Old Lady will try to close the gap.
Napoli are evaluating whether to sign a midfielder in January since they’ll lose Frank Anguissa for a month due to AFCON. They are keeping tabs on a few talents and could strike if the price is right. They intended to do that last summer, but Al-Ahli beat them for Veiga.
Andrea Colpani is one of the most buzzed-about players in Serie A, as he has scored 6 goals in the first 12 matches. While he’s generating a ton of interest, Monza have clear plans for him, and perhaps not just for January, as their exec Michele Franco announced.
Inter elected to keep Stefano Sensi in the squad following an encouraging season at Monza, especially health-wise, as he managed to avoid injuries for the most part. However, he has played very little so far. He could be on the move in January. A few smaller teams are interested in his services.
Roma have had some contacts with Monza to ask for Pablo Marí to address their well-known issues in the back and general lack of depth. José Mourinho was complimentary after the recent bout between the two sides, calling him a ‘tree.’ Their first attemp came up empty-handed.
Monza star Andrea Colpani has admitted he has been a Milan fan since childhood amid talks of his potential summer exit. In an interview with SportWeek, as cited by Calciomercato.com, he opened up on his long-term affection for Rossoneri.
Very few figures in Italian football have been as relieved to hear the international bells ringing as under-pressure Milan coach Stefano Pioli. Less than two years after leading Rossoneri to their first Scudetto in over a decade, the 58-year-old tactician is staring down the barrel of dismissal.