Results: Roma and Juventus shared the spoils in an entertaining fixture to cap off the Sunday slate. Napoli demolished Genoa, Milan easily got past Crotone, while Verona nipped Udinese to stay perfect in the season. Inter furiously rallied back late against Fiorentina, while Lazio breezed past Cagliari and Atalanta toyed with Torino, so the three ‘top four’ teams that had their opener delayed were all successful. Among the newly promoted teams, Benevento got off to a brilliant start as they mounted a glorious comeback against Sampdoria, tough sledding instead for Spezia, which run into an in-form Sassuolo. Bologna trounced Parma on Monday night. Continue reading →
Few players took advantage of the double duty last week, but a couple others managed to sneak into the Serie A Team of the Week despite playing just one game.
Marco Sportiello: Fiorentina impressively managed to keep two clean sheets, one rather comfortably against Udinese, while the other was much more difficult, at Olimpico against Roma, where they were helped by the woodwork. Sportiello was the only one to do that this week and so his 14 points separated him from the pack.
Once again the conditions of some of Serie A’s top players need to be monitored entering the next round.
Juventus: Andrea Barzagli suffered an abdominal injury against Real Madrid and he could miss one or two weeks. Federico Bernardeschi is again not in the squad list, even though he is close.
Napoli: Raul Albiol and Jorginho are suspended and Faouzi Ghoulam is out with a fibula fracture. Lorenzo Tonelli is a little banged up, while Vlad Chiriches was called up last week after a six-week absence due to a hamstring injury.
Several games in the last round were either low-scoring or one-sided, so there are only a couple of candidates for Serie A game of the week: while Atalanta-Lazio was certainly the most entertaining one, Benevento-Spal had bigger implications. Continue reading →