The Campionato has found a ruler already, and it is – surprise, surprise – once again Massimiliano Allegri and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus. The Zebras got rid of their most plausible contender, coming from behind to topple Napoli 3-1 in the match clou of Serie A Round 7 and widening their lead to 6 points. Juve thus increased their perfect records to 8 seasonal wins in a row.
Roma triumphed 3-1 in a vibrant Derby della Capitale today, with substitute Lorenzo Pellegrini suddenly finding himself on the pitch to replace injured Javier Pastore, and turning into hero for a day as he scored the first and participated in his side’s additional two goals by Aleksandar Kolarov and Federico Fazio. Ciro Immobile temporarily equalized for Lazio.
From Chiesa to Florenzi, celebrating a goal is often a family thing in Serie A. We don’t have to explain what his own Famiglia means to an Italian, right? Federico Chiesa is one of the most promising talents in the depressed Italian calcio panorama and, after today’s heart-warming hug to his little ball boy brother, he is even more among our favorites.
It finally happened in his fourth game. It took 344 minutes for Cristiano Ronaldo to score his first Italian goals – a double at the Allianz Stadium to help Juventus overcome Sassuolo’s resistance in Serie A Round 4. He had probably imagined this moment to be different, likely more exciting than the easy tap in from no distance with which he broke his drought.
Higuain? No, Cutrone. Better, both. Milan’s 2-1 win over Roma in Serie A Round 2 bears the mark of the 20-year-old home grown striker, but his extra time goal wouldn’t have been possible without a providential filtering pass by El Pipita. Gennaro Gattuso’s side thus collected their first three seasonal points, in a game which saw two goals disallowed by the VAR.
Chelsea’s new coach Maurizio Sarri recently argued that when a team goes up 2-0 in Italy, the score doesn’t change anymore. Well, Roma and Atalanta proved him wrong yesterday, drawing 3-3 their game at the Stadio Olimpico in Serie A Round 2, and providing an excellent example of champagne football, ignited by a true gem by Javier Pastore.
Emergency operators at the Antonio Cardarelli hospital in Napoli must have recorded a sudden increase in heart attack cases last night, on the wave of the Partenopei’s umpteenth come-from-behind win in Serie A Round 2. Carlo Ancelotti’s side went down 0-2 to a solid Milan trained by Ringhio Gattuso, before reaching heaven with a 3-2 comeback.
With two Europa League preliminary rounds already on their back, Atalanta are the fittest Serie A club at the moment. Their opening match tonight followed the same pattern seen in Europe, with the Bergamaschi delivering a hailstorm of goals to unfortunate Frosinone. Captain Alejandro Gomez scored 2 goals and served 2 assist to set his side off to a good start.
Rome, Stadio Olimpico. Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli came, beat 2-1 Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio and collected their first three points to push “relegation” away. Oh yes, relegation, as many commentators would argue. These three points contributed to appease a hysterical fan base, turned scared and neurotic on the wave of some national and local press’ comments.
Welcome to Serie A, Cristiano. This is the place where even a visit to a marginally-intimidating provincial club can be full of dangers, and where what was meant to be a showcase-match for CR7’s landing in Italy can turn into a nightmare for seven-time league champions Juventus. Massimiliano Allegri’s side pulled it off, but not after going down to Chievo.