Month: November 2014

Serie A Review 2014-15 week 12; Juventus and Roma continue to dominate no winner in Milan derby

 

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Juventus defeated Lazio 3-0 on a beautiful evening in Rome, French superstar in the making Paul Pogba got 2 goals while sensational Carlos Tevez who continues to score at high pace got the other one. The expectations we’re high for Lazio who are playing well, playing at home there was no better moment to show what they can do however the Bianconeri we’re determined to not let this one slip away. Playing well from the start Juve never looked back after that initial goal from Pogba, they have so much depth that they can actually field a B team and still be competitive, if they keep playing this way it will be very difficult for Roma and the other pretenders to catch them. Lazio for their part I think have a better idea about their team after this game although they must not lose focus and continue to improve.

 

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Roma kept pace with Juve with a 2-1 win over Atalanta in a game played in Bergamo, Belgian sensation Radja Nanggolan and Adem Ljajic who has been on fire since coming in scored for the Romans while Maximiliano Morales replied for the Bergamasci. Roma dominated possession as expected and their midfield was dominant however Atalanta who always play well at home showed some flashes of brilliance when they had the ball. The Romani have no choice but to keep pressing Juve and hope that they stumble at one point if they want any chance of surpassing them. It’s been a tough start to the season for Atalanta however in my view they do have some quality players and if they get their act together they might save their season.

 

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Napoli stumbled at home in a 3-3 draw against high scoring Cagliari. Swiss international Gockan Inler, Gonzalo Higuain and Dutch Jonathan De Guzman got the goals for the Partenopei while Diego Farias with 2 and Victor Ibarbo replied for the Sardinians.
Napoli have a beautiful looking team fluid and explosive when they have the ball however when they don’t have the ball is more complicated again we saw the lack of anticipation from some of the players. If Napoli have any chance of catching Roma and Juve they have to replace some players on defensively. Cagliari have an exciting team as well with the same kind of problems if they can shore up defensively they could be dangerous.

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The much anticipated derby between Inter Milan and AC Milan ended in a 1-1 draw  the match marked the coaching return of Roberto Mancini who won 3 titles with Inter Milan his first time around. Frenchman Jeremy Menez scored for AC while Obi Joel Chukwuma replied for Inter. A fair result reflective of their respective qualities and faults, I don’t think either team has what it takes this year although AC seem more likely to advance their standing. Lots of quality on both teams however not much flow not convincing enough in my view.

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Fiorentina got back to winning ways by defeating Hellas Verona 2-1 on goals from Gonzalo Rodriguez and Colombian Juan Quadrato, the usual suspect Nico Lopez replied for the Verona. The Tuscans who seem to play better away from home have one of the best passing teams in Europe although they miss Giuseppe Rossi they are showing that they are a total team in my view with a little help offensively they can be a real threat to the leaders. Verona for their part are having a sea saw season they need immediate help in midfield if they want to improve in my view.

In Other Scores

Torino was surprised at home 1-0 by surging Sassuolo, although playing in a small town Sassuolo is a very old team with great fans, I’m happy to see them win considering their relative meager budget

Empoli surprised Parma 1-0 on a cold night in Parma, the Parmiggiani are in deep trouble they need immediate help or they will be demoted which rarely happens in their case

Genoa and Palermo played to a 1-1 stale mate a fair result although disappointing for the Genovese who are looking up at the moment

Sampadoria continue their impressive start with another positive result in a 1-1 draw against newly promoted Cesena

Udinese and Chievo Verona also played to a 1-1 draw a disappointing result for Udinese I’m sure and a positive one for Chievo who desperately need points to move out of last place

All and all the standings in my view is reflective of the quality of the teams with a few exceptions in my view

Here you have it another exciting week in Serie A where the game is played with style…. stay tuned for more action and results


Serie A Review 2014-15 week 11, Juventus make a statement Roma and Napoli in hot pursuit

 

 

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Hello everyone welcome to the weekly Serie A review, where the game is played with style

 

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Juventus answered their critics with an astonishing win of 7-0 over Parma. A total domination from the start, the Bianconeri had all their wheels turning at the same time, the Parmiggiani on the other hand where getting clobbered in spite of playing relatively well. Fernando Llorente, Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata had each 2 goals for with one of my favorite players Swiss international Stephan Lichtstenier getting the other one. In my view one of Juve major strengths is depth and again this game was a good display of that. However I don’t think they are as strong as last season some weaknesses are showing although I believe the only teams that can dethrone them are Roma and Napoli in that order. We will see what the gods have in store for us

 

florenziuid_14898bf7e04.r.560.315Roma kept pace with Juve with a convincing win of 3-0 over Torino. The goals we’re scored by Greek international Torosidis Vassilis, Seydo Keita and Adem Lajijic. The Romans gave a beautiful display of the beautiful game, they are just fabulous to watch with almost 900 passes in total they we’re rarely dispossessed. I believe Bayern Munich to be the only team in Europe to pass the ball better than the Romans, not even Juve can dominate the Romans with possession. Torino for their part played a good game in spite of the score line. The Granada must forget this game and refocus quickly, I think they we’re beaten by a far superior team, and they are playing well so far and must not lose sight of the big picture.

 

Napoli also kept pace by defeating Fiorentina 1-0 on a goal from Argentinian international Gonzalo Higuain. A very entertaining and balanced game, possession was split down the middle

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LARGE_REACTIONAC Milan drew Sampadoria 2-2, El Shaarawy Stephan and Menez Jérémy scored for Milan, Eder and Okaka replied for Sampadoria. Another draw for the Rossoneri that will not help their cause they are falling off the leaders pace with every game, although they have some great talent something must be done about their defense, don’t know if they can. Sampadoria for their part are having a very good start and are sitting in 4th place right behind Napoli.

 

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nter Milan also played to a 2-2 draw against Hellas Verona, Argentinian Mauro Icardi got both goals for Inter while Luca Toni and Nico Lopez replied for Veronese. The Neroblue played well and deserved a better result, they seem to have the same problems as their cousins from Milan not a very good defense. They must shore up their defense if they want any chance of reaching the top spots. Verona for their part are getting back to playing well and with some luck might fight for a Europa spot.

 

 

In other scores

Empoli stopped a streaking Lazio with a 2-1 win, a good solid win for Empoli who continue to show good stuff

Chievo Verona defeated newly promoted Cesena 2-1, an important win for Chievo that lifts them out of the last spot

Atalanta and Sassuolo played to a scoreless draw 0-0 a fair result that keeps them both from losing ground for salvation

Palermo and Udinese also played to a draw of 1-1, a result that will surely please both teams

Finally Genoa and Cagliari also played to a 1-1 draw, although Genoa dominated possession it was a fair result for both teams

 

There you have it another installment of the weekly Serie A review, things are heating up..stay tuned

(Serie A Review 2014-15 week 10) Juventus regains sole top spot and Napoli tames Roma

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Hello everyone welcome to the weekly Serie A review

 

Empoli - JuventusJuventus got back to winning ways by defeating Empoli 2-0 the goals came from the ageless Andrea Pirlo with a beautifully taken free kick and Spanish Alvaro Morata. In spite of the score line and the territorial domination the game was close till Morata got Juve’s second goal in the 72nd minute. Paul Pogba who made the 23 man list for player of the year in Europe,
Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez we’re rested except for Tevez he came in as a sub for the last half hour. Pirlo who even without his goal had a tremendous game continues to dominate he did not miss a pass and played with poise and composure. Bodes well for their upcoming game against Olympiakos in the Champions League. Empoli have a decent team they made Juve suffer in spells, they have one of the best academies in the world and it showed in the way they played, demonstrating a lot confidence with the ball. They must stay positive in spite of the loss if they want to stay in Serie A.

 

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Napoli tamed Roma 2-0 on goals from Gonzalo Iguain and Jose Callejon, who by the way leads all goal scorers in the league. Although Roma had a slight possession advantage Napoli created most of the scoring chances and could have had more goals. The game was a beautiful display of Italian soccer marked by ball control, poise, composure and fluidity. With this win the Partenopei showed what they can do and are poised to climb the standings and maybe challenge for the title. Roma for their part played well but not enough to win in my view, let’s face it they we’re playing a strong team even if sometimes Napoli is inconsistent they are still capable of beating anyone on any given day. Roma must regroup and focus on their next match, they cannot let Juve get too far ahead or they won’t stand a chance of catching them.

 

acmilanpalermodesciglio_bigAC Milan we’re defeated at home by newly promoted Palermo 2-0. The goals we’re scored by Paolo Dybala and an own goal from Cristian Zapata. A tough loss for the Rossoneri they played well enough to deserve a point however not good enough for their standards, the team lacks composure and often looks disjointed, although AC have some good players like Torres, Menez and Honda I think Pippo Inzaghi will have a hard time bringing the team back to European competitions if they don’t get some help or a new direction I’m afraid they won’t make it. They made some changes to satisfy the new manager and a lot is at stake for him if he dies not lead them to the promise land. A great win for the Sicilians against a good team on the road to boot, this is sure to give them confidence for the rest of the campaign.

 

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Inter Milan we’re surprised by Parma 2-0 on 2 goals from ex Italian international Paolo De Ceglie. The sea saw continues for the Neroblue although they play well at times they seem to lack the continuity that differentiates champions from pretenders. A great win for the Parmiggiani who have been playing well but are unlucky and the positive results are hard to come by.

 

 

 

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In other results

Lazio continue their good form by defeating high scoring Cagliari 4-2

Udinese lost at home to high flying Genoa 3-1

Cesena and Hellas Verona played to a 1-1 draw

Torino and Atalanta played to a scoreless draw of 0-0

Chievo Verona and Sassuolo also played to a scoreless draw of 0-0

 

Here is the standings and top goal scorers after 10 matches, practically one third of the season

 

Points

games played

home

away

goals

GP

W

D

L

GP

W

D

L

GP

W

D

L

GF

GA

Juventus

 

25

10

8

1

1

4

4

0

0

6

4

1

1

18

4

Roma

 

22

10

7

1

2

5

5

0

0

5

2

1

2

16

6

Lazio

 

19

10

6

1

3

5

4

0

1

5

2

1

2

19

10

Sampdoria

 

19

10

5

4

1

5

4

1

0

5

1

3

1

12

6

Napoli

 

18

10

5

3

2

5

3

1

1

5

2

2

1

19

12

Genoa

 

18

10

5

3

2

5

2

1

2

5

3

2

0

14

10

Milan

 

16

10

4

4

2

5

2

1

2

5

2

3

0

18

14

Udinese

 

16

10

5

1

4

6

4

1

1

4

1

0

3

13

13

Inter

 

15

10

4

3

3

5

3

1

1

5

1

2

2

15

12

Fiorentina

 

13

10

3

4

3

5

2

2

1

5

1

2

2

10

9

Hellas Verona

 

13

10

3

4

3

5

2

2

1

5

1

2

2

11

16

Torino

 

12

10

3

3

4

6

2

3

1

4

1

0

3

7

9

Palermo

 

12

10

3

3

4

5

2

2

1

5

1

1

3

11

17

Sassuolo

 

11

10

2

5

3

5

1

3

1

5

1

2

2

10

15

Cagliari

 

9

10

2

3

5

4

0

2

2

6

2

1

3

15

15

Atalanta

 

9

10

2

3

5

5

1

2

2

5

1

1

3

4

11

Empoli

 

7

10

1

4

5

5

1

1

3

5

0

3

2

10

18

Cesena

 

7

10

1

4

5

5

1

3

1

5

0

1

4

7

16

Parma

 

6

10

2

0

8

5

1

0

4

5

1

0

4

14

21

ChievoVerona

 

5

10

1

2

7

5

0

2

3

5

1

0

4

6

15

 

Player

Goals Scored

Appearances

Penalties

Min. Played

1. Callejón José María

8

10

0

847

2. Di Natale Antonio

6

10

0

825

Honda Keisuke

6

10

0

823

Tevez Carlos Alberto

6

9

2

756

5. Cassano Antonio

5

9

1

865

Djordjevic Filip

5

10

0

706

Higuaín Gonzalo

5

10

1

852

Icardi Mauro Emanuel

5

10

2

811

Matri Alessandro

5

9

0

566

10. Babacar

4

9

0

731

Destro Mattia

4

9

0

525

Ekdal Albin

4

10

0

798

Gabbiadini Manolo

4

7

0

600

Osvaldo Pablo Daniel

4

6

0

470

Quagliarella Fabio

4

10

0

892

Sau Marco

4

10

0

821

17. Berardi Domenico

3

7

1

572

Danilo Avelar

3

9

2

858

De Ceglie Paolo

3

6

0

452

Dybala Paulo

3

10

0

863


Here you have it folks another installment of the Serie A review where the beautiful game is played with style..stay tuned


(SERIE A REVIEW 2014-15 week 9) Juve lose for the first time and Roma capitalizes

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Juventus hit a wall in Genoa losing 1-0 on an injury time goal scored by Luca Antonini. Italian international keeper and understudy to Buffon Mattia Perin was just fantastic, Juve threw everything at him except the kitchen sink. Juve played well and deserved better, although their game was not as fluid. Genoa is no pushover and are playing with a lot of confidence under manager Gian Piero Gasparini, Juve was made to work very hard. A fantastic win for the Genovese that is sure to bring back memories of glory past and give them wings. It’s not as easy for Juve this time around, the Scudetto race seems more wide open, I think Massimiliano Allegri is no Antonio Conte, let’s hope it’s enough to slow Juve down a little.

 

 

mattia-destro1_0-300x204Roma defeated Cesena 2-0 and in so doing is sitting even with Juve on top of the table,the goals came from Mattia Destro and Daniele De Rossi. A one sided game if I ever saw one. The Roma players made 982 passes and had the ball 78% of the time, I’m not sure but the 982 passes is close to record. Fantastic performance for the Romans that might just make them forget their humiliating loss against Bayer Munich in the Champions League. Miralem Pjanic was fantastic he mad over 125 passes and was a constant threat. I hope Roma can keep the pressure on Juve till the end. After a superb season in Serie B newly promoted Cesena are finding life difficult in the top flight I hope they can find a way to overcome it.

 

 

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Napoli played to a 1-1 draw against Atalanta in Bergamo, the goals came from two Argentinians Germain Denis for Atalanta and Gonzalo Higuain for the Partenopei. The sea saw continues on the road for the Neapolitans, after controlling the match for 70% of the time and recording a club record of 792 passes they still mustered just 1 goal, unbelievable game. There is no question for me that Napoli will finish in the top 3 their talent is undeniable however if they don’t shore up defensively the objective will be difficult to reach. In my view the manager Rafael Benitez is not the man for the job, there is too much talent on the team they should be more ambitious. Atalanta played poorly in front of their own crowd which is a rare thing and they don’t look like they improved much in relation to the other second tier teams, after a good season last year better things we’re expected.

 

 

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AC Milan drew 1-1 in Cagliari, the goals came from Italian U21 international Giacomo Bonaventura for Milan and Victor Ibarbo for Cagliari. The Rossoneri are not playing particularly well although their standing would suggest otherwise, in fact in my view they have a lot to do if they want to challenge Juve, Roma or Napoli and gain access to the Champions League. Their play has been a disappointment thus far for me often looks disjointed and open, a lot was expected with Filippo Inzaghi. In contrast Cagliari is having a good start although is not reflected in the standings just yet, I predict that if they keep playing this way it will

 

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Fiorentina defeated Udinese 3-0 with goals coming from Babacar with 2 and Spanish Borja Valero getting the other one. A good game for the Viola who despite their slow start in Serie A have been unbeatable in Europe, manager Vincello Montella seems satisfied with his clubWith the expected return of Giuseppe Rossi I believe they can start dreaming of the Scudetto again. Udinese hit a wall after a string of good results let’s hope they can snap out of it and continue to play well although I must say they played a very good opponent.

 

In other results

Inter squeezed by a surprising Sampadoria 1-0 on an injury time goal by Argentinian Mauricio Icardi

Torino continues to climb with thanks to a hard fought victory of 1-0 over Parma who continue to struggle for points

Sassuolo got their second win in a row by disposing of newly promoted Empoli 3-1

Hellas Verona managed to draw Lazio of Rome 1-1 in a very uneventful match

Palermo got back to winning ways by defeating 1-0 the inconsistent and erratic Chievo di Verona

 

Here you have it folks another installment of the Serie A in review, where the game is played with style. With both Roma and Juventus losing some points in these last 2 rounds the race for the top is heating up…stay tuned