A look at the thrilling title race in Italy
Local bragging rights and the chance to lord it over Italy's traditionally stronger northern clubs won't be the only prizes at stake this weekend when Roma host Lazio in the 'Derby della Capitale'.
Even as we are 11 matches into the season, the Serie A table seems to have different kinds of surprises in store for the fans as now Fiornetina go back on top, with previous leaders Roma dropping down to the third spot.
Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado hit a dramatic injury-time winner to give struggling champions Juventus a 2-1 win over city rivals Torino 2-1 in a tense Derby della Mole on Saturday.
Inter Milan spurned the chance to take command of Italy’s top flight after a pulsating scoreless draw with Juventus that set a new Serie A record gate receipt record at a sold out San Siro on Sunday. The ‘Derby d’Italia’ is one of the most popular fixtures in Italy and a total of 79,154 spectators turned out to watch the 165th edition at Inter’s shared ground, producing a new all-time gate receipt of 3,740,051 euros. Roberto Mancini’s highflyers hosted the four-time consecutive Serie A champions looking for their first home win in the derby since 2010, when Jose Mourinho led the Nerazzuri to an unprecedented treble of league, Cup and Champions League. A home win would also have pushed Juve 11 points adrift of Inter and even further away from successfully defending their title. In the end, the hosts were forced to settle for a share of the spoils, leaving Fiorentina, despite their 2-1 defeat to Napoli earlier Sunday, top […]
Gonazalo Higuain’s fifth league goal of the season helped Napoli to a precious 2-1 win over league leaders Fiorentina on Sunday as Mauricio Sarri’s men moved up to fourth place in Serie A. Napoli welcomed Fiorentina to the San Paolo, looking to maintain a recent purple patch that has seen Sarri’s side remain unbeaten in their last six outings. Fiorentina were tough customers, but after Nikola Kalinic had leveled Lorenzo Insigne’s superb opener for the hosts, Higuain struck in the 75th minute to secure Napoli’s fourth win of the campaign. Fiorentina, conceding just their second defeat, remain top but now have just a one-point lead over Roma, and two over Inter Milan, who could go top of the league if they beat Juventus in the Derby d’Italia later on Sunday. Napoli, runners-up in 2013 and who won the last of their last two league titles in 1990, have recently been touted as possible scudetto challengers. But while Sarri applauded his […]
Analysis: Roma Make Statement Of Intent As Juventus Suffer Second Successive Defeat
THT analyses five major talking points heading into the 2015-16 Serie A campaign, at a time of the year when every President, Coach, player and fan anxiously awaits what’s to come… Milana s Rejuvenation It has been a busy summer for AC Milan a the Rossoneri are eagerly looking to get back on to the European map. For the first time, in football history, both Inter and AC Milan failed to qualify for a European competition in the coming season, which highlights just how much of a struggle it has been for two of Europea s finest and most traditional clubs. Following the sacking of Filippo Inzaghi earlier this season, Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has looked to bolster his ranks with arrival of Sampdoria boss Sinisa Mihajlovic and on the field the Rossoneri look like they mean business as well. Not only did they snap up Carlos Bacca, but they also moved in for highly-rated Shakhtar Donetsk hit-man Luiz Adriano […]
The Brazil U20 international has long been linked with a move to Chelsea FC this summer, and it appears an official announcement is not too far away. Meanwhile, compatriot Wallace is set to return to Italy for another loan spell in the Serie A
According to Italian news source, DiMarzio, Manchester United have made an initial bid of a 15 Million to sign the Italian right back. Despite initial interest from Barcelona, United look poised to make an astute signing of the Italian international as they seek permanence at the Right-Back slot. . Having contended with a whole host of names at right back, like Jones, Smalling, Rafael, McNair and Valencia. Manchester United are now seeking to add proven quality at right back, in the form of Darmian. Arguably one of the best right-backs in both the Serie-A and Italy, Darmian has plied his trade at Torino for the past four seasons. In those five years, Darmian has become a more complete and lethal full back, with the versatility to play anywhere across and back line, a quality that will fit in with van Gaal’s demands quite nicely. At 25, he is hitting the peak age for most defenders. While England might prove a […]