Hello everyone welcome to the Serie A Review where the game is played with style
No less than 4 draws we’re played in this round with Juventus and Inter Milan leading the way with a 1-1 nail biter. Mauro Icardi scored for Inter and fellow Argentinian Carlos Tevez replied for Juve although I must say in my view Mateo Kovacic was the man of the match he was rarely dispossessed, controlling the ball with ease and made a total of 75 passes. Surprisingly an evenly matched game the result was in doubt till the final whistle, a game that kept the fans on the edge of their seat throughout the game and in particular the second half. Inter will take away a lot of positives from this game that will definitely help them in the second half of the campaign, I believe Roberto Mancini is steering them the right way. Juve for their part are having trouble being consistent, funny thing though they are playing better in the Champions League. It will interesting to see if they can hold on for a 4th consecutive Scudetto, my money says no.
Roma got an important away win defeating Udinese 1-0 on a disputed goal. This win combined with Juve losing points at home means Roma has closed the gap that separates them to 1 point. The goal for the Romans was scored by newcomer Davide Astori who has been playing well since coming in, the goal was disputed by the hosts with no avail however I must admit after watching the replay over and over I’m still unsure. Nevertheless the Giallorossi deserved it they dominated the game with precision passing and control, Miralem Pjanic was great once again with over 80 passes, the team made no less than 782 passes a phenomenal achievement in my view. Bodes well for the upcoming weeks for the Romans they might even be on top this time next week. Udinese for their part did not play particularly bad but not good enough to win or draw in my view, they must regroup and focus on their next game with hopefully with a few lessons learned
Napoli got back to winning ways with a 4-1 drubbing of newly promoted Cesena. Gonzalo Higuain with 2, Jose Callejon and an own goal by Daniele Capelli completed the score sheet for the Partenopei while Franco Brienza replied for Cesena. Hard to fault the hosts in this game the Neapolitans we’re just fantastic, too strong on this day, precision passing and ball control in midfield made this game fun to watch especially for the Partenopei fans. Callejon and Higuain continue to score and it’s a good thing that they do because Napoli looks soft defensively, they must find a way to keep out bad goals. Not much to say for Cesena except that they must forget this game and refocus if they don’t want to be back in Serie B.
AC Milan took a step back with a 2-1 home defeat to an emerging Sassuolo team. Super Simone Zaza and Nicola Sansone scored for Sassuolo while Andrea Poli provided the feeble reply for AC. As much as they we’re impressive against Napoli the Rossoneri we’re just as much unimpressive in this game, their defense is very ordinary and I’m still not convinced they have improved from last season although I like their front line. Another great win for the Sassuolo who keep confusing the experts, with one of the lowest budgets in Europe they are able to be very competitive, a testament to the excellent work of their coaching staff and scouts
Lazio defeated Sampadoria di Genoa 3-0 in 3rd place matchup. Lazio’s goals came from ex Italian U21 international Andrea Parolo, Felipe Anderson and Filip Djordjevic. An important win for the Laziali which gives them a share of 3rd place with Napoli and a clear opportunity for the Champions League spot. Sampadoria lost a good opportunity to show what they got although they play well their offense leaves to be desired. Clearly if they can get some help on the front line they can be very dangerous even though we did not see much from them in this game
In other scores
Fiorentina suffered a setback going down 1-0 in Parma, tough loss for the Viola after dominating the whole game
Torino and Chievo Verona settled for a 0-0 standoff
Hellas Verona and Empoli also settled for a 0-0 draw
Palermo spanked a freefalling Cagliari team 5-0
Finally Atalanta and Genoa played to an entertaining 2-2 affair
There you have it another installment of the Serie A Review the standings are very close only time will tell..stay tuned