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Serie A Review 2015-16 week: Juve surprised at home, Roma is held to a draw while Fiorentina hands AC Milan their first loss

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Hello everyone and welcome back to a new edition of the weekly Serie A Review

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Needless to say the biggest surprise of the week was Juventus’ defeat at the hands of Udinese of 1-0 in Torino to boot. The late goal was scored by Frenchman Thereaux. After losing Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal to NYFC and BayernMunich some questions rose about La Grande Signora. If this game is an indication we are set for a more competitive campaign. For Udinese a great start to the season although dominated for the most part of the game, they were perseverant.

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Roma got held to a draw by Hellas Verona of 1-1, with Serbian international Jancovich putting Verona ahead and Italian international Alessandro Florenzi replying for the Romans a few minutes later. The Romans dominated play however could not muster much in terms of shot. Goals we,re hard to come by last season and it was critical. It will interesting indeed to see how Roma fairs this year, will they really challenge Juve?

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AC Milan lost 2-0 to a strong Fiorentina team, in a beatiful day in Tuscany. The goals for the Viola we’re scored by Spanish Marcos Alonzo and Slovenian star Josip Llicic. Fiorentina picked up were they left off, starngely enough so did AC. No doubt abot Fiorentinas‘ quality however it remains to be seen if AC have improved, if not heads will roll..quickly

intervsataInter Milan contrary to their cousins got a first win over Atalanta with a score of 1-0, the lone goal was scored by priced newcomer Montenegrin international Stevan Jovetic. A good start for the Neroblue although not very convincing in spite of the win. A lot of signings for Inter however It remains to be seen if Roberto Mancini can actually improve the team.

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Lazio started we’re they left off with a 2-1 victory ove newly promoted Bologna while Napoli lost to Sassuolo 2-1 exactely we’re they left off last season..strange indeed.

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Sampadoria gave a good indication of their intentions with a 5-2 drubbing of newcomers Carpi

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Torino beat newly promoted Frosinone 2-1, By the way Frosinone is a town very close to Rome almost a suburb it will be interesting to watch them.

Palermo beat Genoa 1-0 in a beatiful day in Sicily while Empoli got surpised at home 3-1 by Chievo Verona

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Here you have it the first week of the season is gone..stay tuned

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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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

Serie A Review 2014-15 week 24: Juventus win Roma lose ground Napoli kept pace

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Juventus got a step close to their 4th consecutive title by defeating Atalanta 2-1. Ageless Andrea Pirlo and Spanish Fernando Llorente scored for La Grande Signora while Italian Giulio Migliacci replied for the Bergamasci. A good performance by Juve and they could have had more goals notwithstanding a few good save from the Atalanta keeper. Pirlo had a fantastic game once again with over 80 passes completed. With Roma failing to keep pace only a small miracle can keep Juve from winning another Scudetto. The Bergamasci for their part must find a way to accumulate points or they will be in danger of going down.

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Roma drew again this time 1-1 against struggling Hellas Verona. The ever young Francesco Totti scored for the Romans while Serbian Jankovic Bosko scored for the Veronese. Roma completely dominated the game and could have had at least four goals, Bosnian superstar Miralem Pjanic had a fantastic game as did Malian Keita Seydou. Tough times for Roma who have a total of 9 draws out of 24 games this season, they will never catch Juve at this rate. Hellas is also in a rough time after a couple of good seasons this one seems more difficult they must improve to avoid relegation

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Napoli inched closer to the Romans and the automatic Champion League spot with a 2-0 win over much improved Sassuolo. Slovak sensation Marek Hamsik and super sub Colombian Duvan Zapata who always seems to score when he is in the lineup got the Partenopei on the scoreboard. Important win for the Partenopei which sees them just two points behind Roma and the second spot. A very important spot as it guarantees a Champion League spot. Sassuolo are enjoying a good season and are 8 points clear of relegation at the moment. They must not let this defat demoralize them.

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Fiorentina had to settle with a 1-1 draw against a strong Torino team. Egyptian Mohamed Salah scored for the Tuscans while Italian Giuseppe Vives replied for Il Toro. A very tough match indeed both teams we’re going for the win and it gave a great spectacle. The Viola are enjoying a great moment and are close to a Champion League spot, they must not let up. Coach Vincenzo Montella is doing a good job in Tuscany.Torino for their part are enjoying a good season in spite of losing both their outstanding strikers from last season Alessandro Cerci and Ciro Immobile.

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Inter Milan are climbing towards the top of the standings with a 2-1 win over Cagliari. Argentinian Mauro Icardi and Croatian Phenom Mateo Kovacic scored for Inter while Inter keeper Argentinian Carrizo Juan Pablo had an own goal which made the score closer than the match indicated. A good moment for Inter and their fans with a little luck they just might reach Europe. The Sardinians for their part are struggling at the moment, they must find a way to get points if they don’t want to be relegated

In other scores

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AC Milan got an important win of 2-0 over Cesena which keeps them in the hunt for Europe

Lazio climbed to fourth spot with a 2-1 win over much improved Palermo

Empoli continue to impress with a 3-0 win over Chievo Verona

The Genoa derby between Sampadoria and Genoa was postponed due to large amounts of snow

Parma vs Udinese was also postponed for the same reasons

Here you have it folks another edition of the Serie A Review, things are heating up…stay tuned

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

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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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