The international break is over and Roma are about to encounter the most grueling and difficult stretch of their campaign. The Giallorossi host SPAL this weekend before facing CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, which is followed Continue reading
Juventus: Paulo Dybala had a little scare with Argentina, but his knee is fine. Daniele Rugani nursed a rib fracture during the break and Leonardo Spinazzola has a chance to make the squad list. The only injured player is Sami Khedira, who is dealing with a hamstring strain.
Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne has picked up a minor injury and will not be available. Kalidou Koulibaly returned early from international duties because of muscle fatigue and he is likely to rest. Faouzi Ghoulam (kneecap fracture), Amin Younes (torn Achilles) and Alex Meret (arm fracture) are inching closer to a return but the could be held out for another week. Sebastiano Luperto is fatigued. Continue reading
Roma XI: 4-2-3-1 Olsen; Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Santon; Nzonzi, Cristante; Under, Lo.Pellegrini, El Shaarawy; Dzeko.
Potential lineup changes: Santon for Florenzi, Kluivert for Under.
Questionable: Pastore (calf).
Confirmed Out: Perotti (calf), Karsdorp (thigh), Kolarov (foot), De Rossi (foot), Schick.
Serie A returns with a pretty decent slate capped off by the mouth-watering Milan derby on Sunday night.
Roma-Spal: the Giallorossi have solved some of their initial problems and have put together a three-game winning streak, defeating Frosinone, Lazio and Empoli. The Estensi are going in opposite direction, since have suffered four straight losses, to Fiorentina, Sassuolo, Sampdoria and Inter, after a hot start. Eusebio Di Francesco seems to have found the right scheme for his men, a 4-2-3-1 with Lorenzo Pellegrini in the hole. The youngster has been remarkable filling in for the injured Javier Pastore, to the point that there is a real competition here. Continue reading
“He’s young, but he’s hoping for a great future. Spalletti is doing a great job and it is up to him to decide. When they do finally play together, I’m convinced that these great players can coexist.” Those were the words of Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti who, during an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, was asked about Lautaro Martínez and whether he has the requisite characteristics to play alongside captain Mauro Icardi in attack. Continue reading
Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has earned himself a lot of credit over the course of the past few months, having brought the likes of Lautaro Martínez and Radja Nainggolan to San Siro during the summer transfer window. Despite the fact that the 46-year-old’s hands remained tied somewhat due to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations, he was able to add both strength and depth to Luciano Spalletti’s squad ahead of the club’s long-awaited return to the Champions League group stage. Continue reading
“The team showed character against a side that had a lot of intensity. The reaction after their equaliser was immediate, we went to go and get the three points and this is a characteristic that few sides have. We need to keep this because it’s really important.” Those were the words of Luciano Spalletti following last night’s impressive 2-1 victory over SPAL. Indeed, his players deserve a huge amount of credit for the attitude they showed throughout the match despite not being at their absolute best in terms of performance. Continue reading
Standings implications: Juventus continue to dominate and notched their eighth straight victory in Udine, while Napoli topped Sassuolo at home. Roma and Inter extended their winning streaks in hard-fought matches against Empoli and SPAL. Lazio prevailed in the second-tier head-to-head game against Fiorentina. Sampdoria came away with a previous win from Bergamo, same for Parma, which staged a marvellous comeback against Genoa on the road. Torino and Cagliari nabbed two home Ws versus Frosinone and Bologna.
Confirmations: all the Serie A’s best striker did their thing this weekend. Krzysztof Piatek broke the deadlock with a header in the lunch match. Cristiano Ronaldo rifled one home against Udinese, Ciro Immobile found a clinical goal versus Fiorentina. Continue reading
Having won each of their last five matches in all competitions, Inter have managed to recover from a sluggish start to the season in some style. Indeed, a 1-0 defeat at home to Parma immediately after the most recent international break left many questioning whether Luciano Spalletti is the best man to lead his squad into a brave new era. Victories over Tottenham Hotspur and PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Champions League has breathed new life into the Nerazzurri supporters in recent weeks. Continue reading
Torino XI: 3-5-2 Sirigu; Izzo, Nkoulou, Moretti; Aina, Meite, Rincon, Soriano, Berenguer; Zaza, Belotti.
Potential lineup changes: Baselli for Soriano, Falque for Zaza.
Confirmed Out: De Silvestri (hamstring), Ansaldi (knee), Lyanco (foot).