Serie A Round 30 was split between two days only, with eight games played on Sunday after a Saturday appetizer featuring the Derby of Turin and an interesting Lazio-Milan battle. Stefano Pioli’s Rossoneri savagely dented Lazio’s title ambitions by finding the back of the net three times while Juventus easily saw off their city rivals to place a strong claim on the Scudetto.
Round 29 of the 2019-20 Serie A season saw plenty of goals and plenty of action at either end of the table. Juventus managed to open up a four-point lead at the top of the table with their win at Genoa. Elsewhere, Sampdoria claimed an important win against fellow strugglers Lecce, with wins also for Lazio, Sassuolo, Verona, and Udinese.
Atalanta extended their winning streak to seven games and maintained their perfect record after the post-pandemic restart as they defeated Napoli 2-0 at the Gewiss Stadium. Goals by Mario Pasalic and Robins Gosens consolidated Gian Piero Gasperini’s fourth place in the table with a comfortable view on the Champions League.
Gennaro Gattuso has so far proved a success with Napoli, and with the Azzurri taking a slightly different approach to appointing managers, could it mean that the ex-Milan hero could be one of the next-in-line for Italy’s top management job? His career has seen him climb the Serie A, and if that trajectory continued he could yet find himself as Italy’s boss one day.
Pietro Puzone once won the Scudetto with Napoli playing alongside Diego Maradona. Today, he lives as a homeless person in his native town of Acerra. The sad story of this former football player has been making headlines in Italy over the past few days as a video of Puzone living in dreadful conditions circulated in multiple sport media outlets.
There is something that Cristiano Ronaldo shares with Diego Maradona, when it comes to his Serie A debut. Just like for the Argentinian legend, CR7’s first match in Italy took place at the Bentegodi Stadium in Verona. Juventus played Chievo in their Serie A 2018-19 opening match, whereas Napoli traveled to Verona to face Hellas in the 1984-85 season.
Arkadiusz Milik could well be one of the players departing from Napoli this summer. With details over his contract still stalling as it stands, it’s not far-fetched to think he’ll be on his way out of the club. Should he leave, Lille’s Victor Osimhen lies in wait as a potential candidate to lead the forward line under Gennaro Gattuso next season.
The Coppa Italia final wasn’t the one for ages – after a dire 90 minutes of football, only the penalties separated the two sides. However, Juventus’ sterile performance caught the eyes of many, and we’ll dive into some of the tactical nuances of the match, explaining how Gennaro Gattuso was able to shut down Maurizio Sarri’s star-studded side.
Napoli won the Coppa Italia 2020 beating Juventus on penalties after a nil-nil draw. The Partenopei won the penalty lottery scoring from all their four attempts, while Juventus missed their first two shots. The first post-COVID 19 Italian trophy is all for Gennaro Gattuso, who inherited a team on the verge of a breakdown and managed to put their pieces back together.
Behind closed doors at the San Paolo Stadium, Napoli held Inter onto a 1-1 tie in the second Coppa Italia Semi-Final, advancing to the final stage on a 2-1 aggregate score to meet Juventus on Wednesday, June 17. Dries Mertens equalized Christian Eriksen’s opener to become Napoli’s all-time best scorer at 122 – surpassing no less than Marek Hamsik.
Italian football will return on 12 June as Juventus, Milan, Napoli, and Inter square off to conquer the Coppa Italia. All eyes will be on the remaining games of the domestic cup – the second leg of the Semi-Finals and the Final to be played in the space of four days. The clash between Juventus and Milan will kick-start football again in Italy after three months.
In less than a month, the Serie A is set to welcome it’s doors open for action once again. There might have been no action on the pitch for the last two months but a lot has gone down regardless. So let’s take a look at the top Serie A sides and their major activities while football was forced to stop, with a special focus on the rumored transfer market deals.