Serie A weekend; Juve reserve team wins, Napoli crushes Roma in Southern derby, Milan loses against Sampdoria and Lazio beats Inter in Champions League spot clash.
Crucial successes for Bologna and Udinese in ever-intriguing salvation battle.
Serie A game of the day; Southern derby
Roma hosted Napoli in a derby which didn’t look as such. Because the hosts couldn’t match Napoli’s quality.
Barely out of the locker rooms and the Partenopei already took the lead thanks to Milik’s piece of magic. The finish was top notch nevertheless the acrobatic heel control is what made it so special.
Against the run of play Roma managed to level the game through a generous penalty just before half-time. But never looked like taking full control of the game.
Ancelotti’s team scored again soon after the kick-off. And not to risk any surprises as at the end of first half, added another within a few minutes a virtually sealed the game.
Ranieri took the reigns after Di Francesco’s dismissal following Champions League exit at the hands of Porto. However, the move isn’t paying off for now.
Giallorossi’s interim manager just can’t get the team back on track. One win against struggling Empoli and two deserved defeats in three games.
The team looks confused and lacking any real intent. Inability to win against lesser opposition or matching direct rivals usually leads to nervousness and fights within the squad.
Both happened during the last trip to Ferrara where Roma lost to SPAL. Ranieri reportedly couldn’t believe his eyes when some of his players got involved in a heated argument that culminated in a spat that luckily ended without serious consequences.
Conceding two goals as soon as you’re out of the changing room shows a clear lack of concentration and organization. Even without the last evidence, that’s easy to see.
With the last failure, Roma dropped out of European places for the time being. However, fortunately for them, teams in front of them are having their own problems and are still within grasps.
The duo from the Italian fashion capital continues with disappointing performances. Both are still holding on to Champions League places but Lazio and also Serie A surprise, Atalanta, is closing the gap.
The Icardi saga is dragging way too long and is visibly influencing the teams’ performance. It is astonishing that a club of Inter’s magnitude can’t solve the matter!
At Juve, such a case would be cleared internally and wouldn’t impact their Serie A campaign for months! Probably even at AC Milan.
Whatever Icardi or his agent did or said is ruining an otherwise positive season. If the people in charge can’t find a solution for the former captain, perhaps the time has come to find a solution for them!
He surely is a complete finisher. However, he’s shown that he can’t be trusted or relied upon, both personally and professionally. Either he is sold or the rest of the team. Anyway, something needs to be done. Now!
AC Milan enjoyed a fruitful run since the turn of the year however they’re risking to blew everything up lately. Inter and Sampdoria aren’t some pushovers, however, the displays suggest that Milan might be.
Rossoneri’s fortunes turned with the acquisition of Piatek. Last two matches, the ones Milan lost, showed all the dependancy on the striker.
No Piatek – no Milan, you can say. Despite all the talent the Polish striker possess’, Gattuso has to find another threat to opponents goal and relieve a bit of pressure from the seasons’ revelation attacker.
7-time European champions apparently became predictable. In such conditions every single mistake means defeat!
The rise of Moise Kean
Scoring in Serie A might not be as hard as it once was. However, it still is harder than probably all other championships around the world.
But a 19-year-old striker has already made a habit of it! Scored in his full debut a few weeks back, just before the historical night against Atletico Madrid.
And again this weekend, just a couple of minutes after coming on! It might not be against top opposition, however, it brought points.
Luck? Coincidence? Perhaps, however, to make things even more interesting, Kean scored also on debut for Italian national team in between the two Serie A exploits. Just to keep the momentum.
Competition in Juventus’ attack is most likely greater than in any other club in the world at the moment.
Nevertheless, given the Scudetto is already booked and with Champions League quarter-finals having absolute priority, Kean might just get some more playing time in Serie A. And, why not, score a few more goals.
Until Ronaldo and Dybala are there Kean won’t be able to display all of his talents. But surely is one to look for the future.
Bologna and Udinese got vital victories in relegation battle while Cagliari all but secured salvation with the last triumph.
If there were any doubts about Chievo and Frosinone destiny now all is clear; there is no more room for them in Serie A.