An easy choice for best team of the round in this case as Fiorentina pummelled Chievo at home in the first game of their season, finishing with the overly large result of 6-1.
Stefano Pioli will be without his staple Jordan Veretout for a couple of games because of a suspension and picked the newcomers Edimilson and Gersonto complete the midfield, alongside Marco Benassi. The Frenchman is rumoured to be tabbed as deep-lying playmaker this year, basically replacing Milan Badelj, and Gerson certainly staked his claim to continue starting in this one. Valentin Eysseric played as left winger over Marko Pjaca and Kevin Mirallas because they have some conditioning issues. Continue reading →
A couple of games in the first round were intense and high scoring: Parma-Udinese deserves an honourable mention, especially because the Friulani did not give up after the two-nothing goal, but Chievo-Juventus was undoubtedly the most compelling match. On Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut in Serie A, two other players shined brightest: Emanuele Giaccherini and Federico Bernardeschi.
There were no massive clashes in Serie Ain the weekend, but it still ended up being a significant round as Napoli got closer to Juventus, Inter re-claimed one of the top four spots and Spal abandoned the relegation zone. The best game of the week was Milan-Chievo, which was surprisingly high scoring and intense up until the final whistle.
The Devil approached the bout riding a nine-game undefeated streak in Serie A and looking to move past the elimination in Europa League by the hands of Arsenal. On the other hand, Chievo had lost in six of their last seven matches and was dragged into the mud fight to avoid the drop.
There are a pair of key injured players to keep an eye on ahead of the next Serie Around.
Napoli: Marek Hamsikwas subbed off at halftime last week because of some back pain, but he played in Europa League. Raul Albiol missed the last three games because of muscle fatigue, but he could return on Sunday. On the other hand, Vlad Chiriches will be sidelined for a couple of weeks by a pulled hamstring. Arek Milik is progressing in his rehab protocol, but Faouzi Ghoulam had a big setback, even though unrelated to the previous ACL tear: he fractured his patella and had to undergo surgery; per the club statement, he will resume practicing in a month and it will be awhile before he plays in an official game. Continue reading →