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Sampdoria 2-1 Atalanta: Problems with Gasperini’s Man Marking Highlighted

Sampdoria welcomed Atalanta to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris for the second round of 2016-17 Serie A season fixtures on Sunday 28 August. The home side, coached by Marco Giampaolo, had won their first game of the campaign, defeating Empoli 1-0. However, the away side, coached by Gian Piero Gasperini, had lost a thrilling opener 4-3 to Lazio. (more…)

Pescara 2-2 Napoli: Penetrative Possession Almost Undoes Sarri’s Side

Newly promoted Pescara welcomed last season’s Serie A runners-up Napoli to the Stadio Adriatico on Sunday 21 August in the opening round of 2016-17 fixtures. The home side made a stunning start to their top-flight return, going 2-0 up in the first half thanks to goals from Ahmed Benali and Gianluca Caprari. However, they faded in the second half, with Dries Mertens scoring twice to earn Napoli a 2-2 draw. (more…)

Juventus 1-0 Napoli: Little To Separate Two Sound Defences

Juventus hosted Napoli last Saturday night in what amounted to a crucial clash of Scudetto contenders. Going into the match, Napoli topped Serie A on 56 points, while Juventus sat just below them on 54. The most important news in the lead-up to this game was that Giorgio Chiellini would be out through injury. The left-sided centre-back is not only vital to Juventus’ defensive line but also to their possession game. Hence, his absence was agonised over. (more…)

Fiorentina 1-2 Roma: Wingers Crucial To Roma Win

Fiorentina hosted Roma on Sunday, 25 October in what was considered a crucial match in the Scudetto race. Going into the game, Fiorentina sat top of Serie A on 18 points, while Roma were right behind them in second place on 17 points after eight rounds of fixtures. (more…)

Internazionale 1-4 Fiorentina: Interconnectivity And Inside Forwards

Last Sunday’s Serie A top-of-the-table clash between Inter Milan and Fiorentina was billed as ‘beauty and the beast’. Inter represented the beast with Roberto Mancini’s predilection for midfield bulwarks, physical strength and tight one-goal victories, while Paulo Sousa’s Fiorentina brought beauty in the form of high-tempo, fluid passing football. (more…)

Classic Calcio Analysis: Internazionale Vs. Palermo, 2010/11

We continue our Classic Calcio analysis with Thanos Chelas taking a look at the 2011 Coppa Italia final between Internazionale and Palermo. (more…)

Internazionale 1-0 AC Milan: Congested Inter Win A Tight Derby

The first Derby della Madonnina of the 2015/16 Serie A season offered up a riveting, close contest that was only decided in Inter’s favour by a Fredy Guarin strike in the 58th minute. Both teams decided to line up in a variation of the 4-3-1-2 system with diamond midfields. Inter have been using this system since the end of last season, while Milan only began using it at the start of this campaign under the stewardship of new head coach, Sinisa Mihajlovic. (more…)

Lazio 1-0 Leverkusen: Pressing Disrupts Lazio Without Stifling Them

Ahead of Lazio and Leverkusen’s Champions League play-off round second leg clash at the BayArena on Wednesday evening, we take a look at what happened in their first leg, which Lazio won 1-0 thanks to a Keita Balde strike. (more…)

Classic Calcio Analysis: Internazionale Vs. Udinese, 2009/10

In our first Classic Calcio Analysis, Thanos Chelas takes a look at Internazionale’s home league clash with Udinese in 2009. In what would turn out to be a historic season, Inter were looking to return to winning ways after defeat away to Sampdoria. (more…)

Empoli 4-2 Napoli: A Retrospective Analysis

As Maurizio Sarri was recently appointed as Napoli coach, now feels like a good time to recall the day his Empoli side steamrollered the Partenopei, who were at that point still coached by Rafa Benitez. On 30 April 2015, Napoli travelled to Tuscany on the back of three straight wins as they chased a top-three Serie A position that would have earned them Champions League football for the 2015-16 season. They were confident but, as Sarri’s Empoli were to prove that day, extremely open. (more…)