Spalletti fuming with referee’s decision to award Fiorentina late penalty


Luciano Spalletti was understandably fuming with referee Rosario Abisso in the aftermath of tonight’s exhilarating 3-3 draw between Fiorentina and Inter. The Viola were awarded a contentious penalty deep into stoppage time, despite the ball striking Danilo D’Ambrosio’s chest rather than his arm: “There are no doubts, no maybe, no perhaps. It hit his chest! It’s clear!” Continue reading

Farcical refereeing decision costs Inter victory in Florence


As is the case in Italy all too often, the reaction to tonight’s encounter between Fiorentina and Inter will be dominated by a hugely controversial decision by the match officials. Indeed, it was a busy evening for Sicilian referee Rosario Abisso, who was at the centre of no less than three major incidents involving VAR. There is no doubt he was 100% correct to award the Nerazzurri a penalty shortly after half-time, and disallow Cristiano Biraghi’s strike shortly afterwards which would have halved the Viola’s two-goal deficit. On the contrary, standing by his decision to give the home side a penalty deep into stoppage time, even after consulting VAR, is nothing short of disgraceful. Continue reading

Spalletti urges Inter to show consistency versus Fiorentina


Luciano Spalletti held his traditional pre-match press conference ahead of Inter’s crucial Serie A match against Fiorentina tomorrow night. Here is what he said to the journalists who gathered at the Suning Training Centre in Appiano Gentile earlier this afternoon: Continue reading

Four Takeaways from Fiorentina’s Scoreless Draw with Napoli


By no means was it a simple task, nor the ideal route to a result Stefano Pioli drew up, but Fiorentina managed to snag a hard-earned point at the Franchi from Saturday’s encounter with Napoli.

The Partenopei were perhaps the better side on the evening, winning the possession battle (60% to 40%) and showing a bit more going forward that led many to believe they’d leave Florence victorious. But the lack of an end product and clinical touch to finish off counter attacks were ultimately the difference between a road victory and having to settle for the point.

Here are four takeaways from Fiorentina vs Napoli. Continue reading

What to Watch for: Fiorentina vs Napoli


Off the back of a 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Udinese, Stefano Pioli’s Fiorentina look to return to winning ways as they play host to second-place Napoli at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Saturday.

Unlike the Partenopei who sit cozy in second with an 11-point advantage over Inter, the Viola are currently playing catch-up in the heated race for 4th and have their work cut out, trailing the likes of Lazio, Milan, Atalanta, Roma and Sampdoria.

Napoli managed to trim the deficit between them and Juventus back down to single digits last weekend with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria, and hope to narrow the gap even more at the Franchi – confines proving not so friendly for Fiorentina.

Here are five things to watch for in Fiorentina vs Napoli. Continue reading

Flamengo move provides Gabigol with perfect opportunity to showcase his talent


For the millions of Inter fans across the world, it feels like an age has passed since Suning purchased a controlling stake in their club from the much-maligned Erick Thohir. Indeed, a lot has happened since the Indonesian businessman sold a large percentage of his share to the Chinese corporation. Within weeks of their arrival, Suning made a significant statement of intent by bringing Brazilian starlet Gabriel Barbosa – ‘Gabigol’ to you and I – to the club for a record fee. Continue reading

Spalletti ban just the latest in long line of embarrassments for Serie A


Following their stoppage time victory against Sampdoria on Saturday night, Inter will be desperate to follow that up with another three points when they take on Fiorentina at San Siro tomorrow night. However, the build-up to what promises to be a fascinating encounter with the Viola has been overshadowed by today’s news that Luciano Spalletti has been handed a one-match ban after being adjudged to have over celebrated his side’s winning goal at the weekend. Continue reading