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Roberto De Zerbi: A Coach with an Idea

DeZerbilandia. This is how Roberto De Zerbi made his name in Italy. With a certain style of play he turned Foggia, previously a mediocre team in the Lega Pro (third division) into one of the most entertaining teams in Italy. The beautiful football he implemented at Stadio Pino Zaccheria attracted the attention of clubs in higher divisions, however he turned down offers from Crotone and Ascoli to continue pursuing the dream with the Satanelli. Dramatically, the Lombard coach parted ways over disagreement with the club two weeks ago. (more…)

An Analysis Of Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli

Napoli made a potentially historic decision last summer in hiring 57-year-old former banker Maurizio Sarri as head coach to fill the void left by Rafa Benitez, who departed for Real Madrid. Last season the club finished fifth in Serie A but currently they sit second, nine points behind reigning champions Juventus. For much of this season they looked capable of ending their long wait for a scudetto, which they have not won since 1990, though a recent loss of form appears to have put paid to that ambition. (more…)

Federico Bernardeschi: Fiorentina’s Inverted Wing-back

Fiorentina’s ascent in Serie A this season has been a surprise to many. Under the guidance of Paulo Sousa the club has reached new heights in their performance, winning nine of their opening 14 fixtures and playing some wonderful football along the way. (more…)

Matteo Darmian: Manchester United’s Mr. Versatile

Matteo Darmian recently left Torino for Manchester United, joining the English Premier League giants for a reported fee of £12.7 million. Amid the frenzy of transfer activity and constant rumour mill surrounding his new club, Darmian’s arrival at Old Trafford went slightly under the radar. His transfer provoked questions as opposed to grand proclamations. Here we provide a detailed tactical and statistical analysis of how and where the Italian will fit in at his new club. (more…)