The Christmas break is finally over, and regular service resumes in the top leagues across Europe including, of course, Serie A. Here are the five things to watch out for in the second half of this thrilling season. Roma must make the right moves this January The Giallorossi have been very shaky at the back, so defensive cover will be needed before the end of this month. The likes of Sead Kolasinac, Alvaro Arbeloa and Mathieu Debuchy have been linked with moves to the capital as Ashley Cole and Torosidis look to leave the club. Juan Jesus is also another potential target this winter, but a deal for the Brazilian looks unlikely at the moment. Last year Roma made some decisive mistakes in the transfer window and they must get it right this winter. Juan Iturbe, who will go down as one of the costliest blunders in Roma’s history, has already been offloaded, while Seydou Doumbia has returned after his loan […]

Europe’s top nations are now turning their attention to Euro 2016. The qualifying stage is close to completion and barring Netherlands, all the expected names are joining hosts France in the tournament proper where they will fight to dethrone reigning champions Spain. A convincing win over Azerbaijan guaranteed Italy’s place in the finals next summer. While many Italy fans are still feeling the disappointment of two consecutive World Cup group stage eliminations, the new batch of players seem talented enough to do better this time. For the current generation in and around the Azzurri, the only way is up. THT looks at the best and brightest young players of Italy who could be set to light up the finals next year. Nine years ago, Italy won the 2006 World Cup thanks largely to their defensive organisation and the individual brilliance of Fabio Cannavaro. Italy is a country known for producing some of toughest and most gifted defenders in world football. […]