This week’s Serie A match program promises to have some mouth-watering clashes, despite the biggest game of the weekend between Inter and Roma having already been played, ending in a goalless stalemate on Friday night. Bologna’s coach Sinisa Mihajlovic will hopefully be able to make his fifth dugout appearance since he was diagnosed with leukemia this summer.
In Champions League Round 5, Juventus beat Atletico Madrid to cement their place in the knockout rounds, while Inter grabbed the win they needed to remain in contention for qualification. Atalanta dispatched of Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb, whereas Liverpool and Napoli settled for one point which still leaves the Partenopei with hope of snatching top spot.
The story of Napoli this season so far has been somewhat intriguing and difficult to comprehend. In Serie A, they are currently 7th in the table, unable to win against sides battling for survival. In Champions League, however, they are a different team, as they showed on Wednesday by going tooth and nail against defending European Champions Liverpool.
A 1-1 stalemate didn’t heal either contender’s wounds as Milan and Napoli split the ante in the match clou of Serie A Round 13. Saturday’s clash at the San Siro Stadium confirmed that both Stefano Pioli and Carlo Ancelotti have still much to work on, at the end of a game where Giacomo Bonaventura answered to Hirving Lozano’s opener in the space of five minutes.
Serie A is back with a bang! Round 13 of the Italian league features many important match-ups, the biggest of which surely is Milan-Napoli at the San Siro Stadium. Atalanta host table leaders Juventus in the battle between the league’s best attack and its best defense, while Antonio Conte’s Inter travel to the Olympic Stadium in Turin to play Torino.
If the Roma-Juventus feud characterized the first half of the ‘80s in Italian football, there is no doubt about Milan-Napoli being the most exciting duel towards the end of the decade. The match that set the beginning of this rivalry took place on January 3, 1988, when Ruud Gullit literally drove the Partenopei nuts and inflicted them their first seasonal defeat.
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.
Carlo Ancelotti’s experience in Napoli may be set to end abruptly as the events following his players’ mutiny against president Aurelio De Laurentiis continue to unfold. Dark clouds gathered over the Azzurri roster last night as captain Lorenzo Insigne and his teammates refused to remain at a training retreat imposed by the club after tying 1-1 against Red Bull Salzburg.
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.
As lights faded down at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday, football fans from both Juventus and Napoli must have spent a few minutes recollecting the emotions they went through. The scorecard read 4-3 for the Bianconeri, but a game like this has no loser. A most thrilling match was resolved only by an incredible own goal by Kalidou Koulibaly during stoppage time.