Jeremy Menez

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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Hi everyone to the Serie A Review where the beautiful game is played with style!

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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

Serie A Review 2014-15 week 21: Juventus stumble at Udine AC Milan get a much needed 3 points

Hello everyone welcome to the Serie A Review where the beautiful game is played con stile

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Juventus hit a roadblock in Udine in a 0-0 draw against Udinese. Juve dominated the game in every aspect except the score line and Udinese have only their keeper to thank for this precious point. With Roma drawing also, the top of standing did not change at all, Juve still have a commanding lead and the way I see it will take a small miracle to dethrone Juventus. Italian Andrea Pirlo who is like a bottle of wine that just gets better with age had an outstanding game, controlled the tempo of the game with ease and made a total of 105 passes. Udinese for their part are playing better of late and have regained some form and although they did not play particularly well they did get a point which keeps them in the hunt for a European spot.

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Roma hit a wall against Empoli in a 1-1 draw.  Brazilian Maicon who is back in the lineup after an extend absence scored for the Romans while Italian Massimo Maccarone replied for Empoli. Surprisingly enough the score line reflected the game, possession was split and Empoli once again proved that they can pass the ball with accuracy. Roma who have 4 draws in their last 6 games must find a way to win on a regular basis or they can kiss the Scudetto goodbye. Something is not right in the eternal city, they are having trouble scoring like never before, hope fully they can turn it around in time to challenge Juventus. Empoli for their part are having a sea saw season although they are clear of the relegation spots, they must continue to play this way if they want to avoid relegation.

napolivschievo2Napoli held their position in the standings with a tough 2-1 win over their nemesis, Chievo Verona. For some reason Chievo always gives the Partenopei lots of trouble and this game was no exception. Uraguain Miguel Britos and newcomer Manolo Gabbiadini scored for Napoli while Slovenian Bostjan Cesar replied for Chievo. Although Napoli dominated possession Chievo fought very hard and the result was in doubt till the last minute. Napoli must find a way to be more consistent if they want to catch at least Roma. Chievo for their part are struggling and again are in danger of retrocession, in spite of changing 11 players they are still looking for improvement.

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AC Milan finally got a win, a 3-1 victory over lowly Parma. Italian Cristian Zaccardo and Frenchman Jeremy Menez with 2 got the goals for the Rossoneri while ex Milanista Italian Antonio Nocerino replied for Parma. The game was much closer than the result indicates and if not for the fantastic play of Menez the Rossoneri would have not got the precious 3 points. A tough season once again for the Rossoneri changing manager did not give the expected results, only time will tell if they made the right move. Parma once a feared team has fallen from grace, after a promising season last year the hopes we’re high however the opposite happened, they must find a way to rack up some points

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Fiorentina who are inching closer to the top spots drew Genoa 1-1, a fantastic contest Genoa have definitely come of age they gave the Viola all they could handle and more. Argentinian Gonzalo Rodrigues got the goal for the Viola while Genoa’s goal was an own goal from Fiorentina’s keeper Romanian international Tatarusanu Ciprian. Fiorentina have not lost a game is 6 matches and are in a good position to advance in the standings. Genoa for their part must be happy with this result which confirms their improved play and they too can dream of Europe.

In other scores

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Inter Milan who are in a freefall lost to Sassuolo 3-1, Roberto Mancini will turn gray in no time.

Torino clobbered Sampadoria 5-1 in a very uncharacteristic performance by Sampa

Lazio lost to last place Cesena 2-1 which puts a damper on their climb in the standings

Palermo continue their good play with a win of 2-1 over Hellas Verona

Atalanta snapped their losing streak with a 2-1 win over Cagliari

 Another exciting week in Serie A wher the game is played with style…stay tuned

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