Serie A’s marquee matchup of round 2 lived up, then exceeded, all hype and expectations as Juventus and Napoli played to a theatric 4-3 result, with the Bianconeri managing to come out on top after squandering a three-goal lead in the second half.
Here are the player ratings for Carlo Ancelotti’s Partenopei on the night in Turin. Continue reading →
Juventus threw away a stellar performance with a 15-minute black-out that allowed Napoli to mount an improbable three-goal comeback, but an ill-fated Kalidou Koulibaly touch still gifted them of the first major victory of the season.
Danilo(2 points): how about that for an introduction for the newcomer, who was thrown into the fire due to an injury to Mattia De Sciglio and scored on his second touch after initiating a killer counter and keeping up with Douglas Costa. He had a solid game throughout, making his presence known in both phases and displaying an impressive physical condition. Continue reading →
AC Milan clinched their first three points of the season, beating Brescia by one goal to nil in front of the home crowd at San Siro. However, the victory was far from convincing, although one can hope that they are on the right track.
Giampaolo’s men took the lead early through Calhanoglu, who after 12 minutes of play headed it in at the back post. Suso was responsible for the assist as he made his way past the opponent before sending in a beautiful cross with his right foot. Continue reading →
Juventus CFO Fabio Paratici formally took Paulo Dybala out of the market for the first time: “I rule out his departure in a definitive way. His picture with Giorgio Chiellini demonstrates how tight this group is. The transfer market is not only made of planning, but also of opportunities and some unexpected events, like Giorgio Chiellini’s one. The ongoing games can lead to some trepidation but we are very serene. If there were any, we could take advantage of some bargains in the time left, otherwise we will stay as is.” Continue reading →
Little time left in the window and the clubs are putting the finishing touches on the rosters and getting rid of surplus players. The biggest move of the week was once again made by Inter, which signed Alexis Sanchez on loan from Manchester United and also acquired Cristiano Biraghi from Fiorentina in a swap with Dalbert. The Red Devils sent also Chris Smalling to Roma, who temporarily leaves Old Trafford after eight seasons and was regular in the last three. His experience will give him an edge over the younger options, but it would not particularly surprising to see Federico Fazio lose the starting job at some point. Continue reading →
Following the disappointing defeat in the first round, losing by the odd goal away at Udinese, AC Milan will be looking to get back on the right track this evening. At San Siro, the Rossoneri will host the newly-promoted side Brescia.
The season certainly didn’t get off to the start that Giampaolo’s men would have hoped for, not only result-wise but also based on the performance. Against Udinese, the Rossoneri failed to register a single shot on target, which really speaks for itself. The home side deservedly clinched the three points and Milan were forced back to the drawing board. Continue reading →
This weekend of the 2019/20 Serie A season is one of the more anticipated rounds, with it having been circled on the calendar ever since it came out last month.
Saturday evening sees two of the league‘s main title contenders pitted against one another at Juventus Stadium in Turin as Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus play host to Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli. Though the attention and buzz surrounding this fixture stems from Sarri’s first match against his former club, his status for the bench remains unclear at the moment. In any case, this clash promises to deliver plenty of excitement, tension and drama.
Here are five key elements which could determine the outcome of this round 2 encounter. Continue reading →
Giovanni Martusciello filled for Maurizio Sarri in the pre-game presser: “He si recovering nicely, he has been present at the facility despite not partaking directly to the training sessions. He is fine, he has to pass some tests this afternoon that will determine whether he can be on the bench tomorrow.”
On the Champions League group: “It is clearly demanding, but so is for the others. We just need to work on those things that are not going well so we can tackle it in the best possible way. We are Juventus, so nothing can be too difficult for us.” Continue reading →