Month: April 2015

Serie A Review 2014-15 week 30: Juventus surprised in Parma, Lazio overtake Roma in second place while Napoli tames a strong Fiorentina team. 

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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 we’re finally defeated to lowly Parma no less with a score of 1-0. The only goal of the affair was scored by Brazilian Jose Mauri. Juve who seem to be like an unstoppable train hit a roadblock in Tuscany. Although they played well enough to win a lot of credit goes to the Tuscan team, whom in trying to put forth a last ditch attempt to avoid relegation played a great game. However notwithstanding a disaster in my view Juve will win their fourth consecutive title. We will see in the Champions League I guess if this more of a reflection on the rest of the league or the Juve team. Nevertheless I must say its uncanny how Juventus remain hungry year after year. I wish I knew their secret I would bottle it and sell it.

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Lazio trumped Empoli 4-0 to overtake Roma in second place. Italians Stefano Mauri and super Antonio Candreva, Brazilian Felipe Anderson and German legend Miroslav Klose all scored for the Laziali. Lazio is on a surge overtaking their city rivals and second place. A great story indeed a lot of credit goes to the coaching staff as well as the players. They are fun to watch and also seem to strike a perfect balance with possession and attack not unlike Bayern Munich. They will be hard to ignore for that Champions League automatic spot if they continue to play this way. Although Empoli held their own possession wise they we’re no match when it came to attacking effectiveness nevertheless they must remain positive and focus on their main objective.

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Roma we’re held to a 1-1 draw in Torino against a very strong Torino team. Argentinian Maxi Lopez scored for Granata while Italian Alessandro Florenzi replied for the Romans. A very evenly matched game possession was split and so we’re the chances, Torino is confirming their seasons form and surging at the right moment. They will be looking a Europa spot for sure. Roma has slipped to third place and the way they are playing combined with the surges from the teams chasing them they might fall even further. Something is just not right this season in the Eternal City, my feeling is that Rudy Garcia will be let go after this season.

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Napoli showed what they are capable of with a trouncing of 3-0 against a very strong Fiorentina team. The goals for the Partenopei we’re scored by Belgian sensation Dries Mertens, Croatian international Marek Hamsik and Spanish sensation Jose Callejon. A very important win for Napoli that not only delivers a blow to their direct competitor but also might restore some needed confidence to a very good team. The Partenopei in my view must remain focus and consistent to have any chance for a Champions league spot. Fiorentina for their part must not lose confidence after this game, the same things apply to them if they want any chance for the Champions League.

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Both Milan teams who are traditionally powerhouses are struggling with consistency this season, nevertheless Inter Milan got a much needed 3-0 win against a struggling Hellas Verona team, while AC Milan had to settle for a 1-1 draw against a very strong Sampadoria team.

In Other Scores

Genoa continue their impressive campaign by defeating Cagliari 2-0. I believe a Europa League spot is within reach for the Genovese

Palermo surprised Udinese in Udine 3-1 a score that reflects the improved play from the Sicilians and the inconsistency from Udinese

Atalanta got a much needed win of 2-1 against an improved Sassuolo team

Lastly Chievo also got some important points by defeating Cesena 1-0

There you have it folks another edition of the Serie A Review with 8 games remaining the race is hitting a peak..stay tuned

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Serie A Review 2014-15 29th week: Juventus win again Roma kept pace by defeating Napoli while Fiorentina and Lazio getting close

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Juventus defeated Empoli 2-0 and continue their dominance of the league. The goals for La Grande Signora we’re scored by none other than Carlos Tevez who continues his great form this season and another Argentinian who is also doing great since getting a chance to play Roberto Pereyra. Although Empoli played well Juve was just a little too much too handle for the defence on this day. Carlos Tevez had a great game not only scoring but also distributing, I can’t see how Juve can lose the title, they just keep winning at a torrid pace,  bodes well for the Champions League. Empoli have a good season so far, after coming up from Serie B they showed that they can play with best on many occasions including in this game, in spite of the loss.

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Roma defeated Napoli 1-0 on a goal from super Slovenian Milan Pjanic. A big win for the Romans that not only helped them keep pace with Juve but also kept surging city rivals Lazio from surpassing them. A beautiful game from Roma although Napoli also played well, Pjanic is just fantastic controlling midfield like a master. An important win for the Romans that will sure give them confidence to attack more I hope. Napoli must regroup having slipped to 6th spot after a string of bad results. Something is just not right for the Partenopei at the moment, time will tell if Rafa Benitez will survive the season.

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Fiorentina defeated Sampadoria 2-0 on goals from Italian Alessandro Diamanti who has been playing well since coming back from playing in the China Super League and super Egyptian Mohamed Salah who continues to terrorize the keepers since joining the team from Chelsea. A great win for the Viola that confirms their super team status and also take 4th place one point behind Lazio and two points in front of Sampadoria and Napoli. Sampa must not let this defeat affect their form they are having a great season and must not let up

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AC Milan defeated Palermo 2-1 in doing so kept their hopes alive for a place in Europe. The goals for the Rossoneri we’re scored by Italian international Alessandro Cerci and super Frenchman Jeremy Menez while super Argentinian Paulo Dybala replied for the Sicilians. A good game for the Rossoneri historically very difficult to win in Sicily, a sign of things to come?  Palermo for their part are almost assured a spot for next season, the goal they had set after coming back from Serie B and must not let this defeat affect their focus.

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Inter Milan and lowly Parma played to 1-1 draw, a fitting result for two teams who are far from their glory days. Colombian Fredy Guarin who continues his great form got the goal for Neroblue while Albanian Lila Andi replied for the Parmiggiani. A good game for Inter in spite of the result although they won’t climb very high if they don’t find a way to some wins together. The Parmiggiani are destined to drop and it’s very sad, one of the original 7 sisters of Italian soccer who dropped from grace only time will tell if they can somehow come back from this disastrous season.

In Other Scores

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Lazio continue their assault on the Champions League spot with a convincing 3-1 win over Cagliari

Torino climbed another spot with a 2-1 victory over Atalanta

Genoa and Udinese played to 1-1 draw that satisfied both teams

Sassuolo confirmed their excellent season with a 1-0 win over Chievo Verona

Finally Hellas Verona and Cesena played to a 2-2 tie.

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We are a few games away from the end of the campaign and although Juve is in command all the other spots are up for grab…..stay tuned