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…)

The Players To Rejuvenate Antonio Conte’s Italy

Italy’s latest round of fixtures in the 2016 European Championship qualification process had a familiar outcome. The results were positive; the performances, not so much. 1-0 wins over both Malta and Bulgaria ensured the Azzurri extended their unbeaten run in qualifying matches to 48 games but, despite the consummate record, Antonio Conte’s side look far from the finished article. (more…)

Koeman’s Challenge

It’s a fascinating yet daunting time for several of the Premier League’s brightest managerial minds. Mauricio Pochettino faces an uphill battle in kicking his prosaic Spurs side into shape, Brendan Rodgers is in a dogfight to extinguish the mediocrity of Liverpool’s season last year while Eddie Howe is acutely aware that he will need every last bit of nous in his reserves to keep Bournemouth’s fairy-tale alive. But perhaps the most compelling narrative is being constructed at Southampton, where Ronald Koeman must rise to the challenge of maintaining the Saints’ status as the league’s most fashionable outfit. (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…)

2015/16 Scudetto Race: Lazio

In a summer of transition for many of Italy’s top clubs, Lazio have been inconspicuous. They were the surprise package of last season, with an eight-match winning run between February and April propelling them into contention for a top-three finish and Champions League football; something that was eventually secured with a stunning 4-2 away win over fellow hopefuls Napoli on the final day of the season. It was the least that Lazio deserved; outside of Juventus they had been Serie A’s form team of 2015 and, without spending extravagantly, had built a strong, organised team capable of competing with anyone on their day. (more…)

2015/16 Scudetto Race: Roma

The 2014/15 season promised much for Roma. Their main title rivals, Juventus, had lost Antonio Conte; the coach that steered them to three consecutive Scudetti, while they themselves had strengthened by bringing in experienced, high-calibre players in Ashley Cole and Seydou Keita as well as young talent in Kostas Manolas and Juan Iturbe. With Kevin Strootman also set to return from injury, there was optimism that Roma could seriously push Juventus, if not finally unseat the reigning champions. (more…)

2015/16 Scudetto Race: Napoli

Rafa Benitez was apoplectic. He had just watched his Napoli side draw 2-2 away to financially doomed, already relegated Parma. With just three league games left in the 2014/15 season, the result scuppered the club’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League through a top-three league position. The Spaniard received a one-match touchline ban for his post-match behaviour, where he was said to have screamed, “This is the shitty thing about Italian football”. (more…)

2015/16 Scudetto Race: Juventus

When Antonio Conte left his post as Juventus coach last July, the general feeling was that the Bianconeri’s period of dominance was coming to an end. Roma and Napoli were gunning for them, while Conte’s replacement, Massimiliano Allegri, had eggs thrown at his car by Juventus fans who were upset at his appointment. After three consecutive Scudetti, it felt as if change was afoot at the top of Serie A. But fast forward one year and nothing had changed; Juventus were Italian champions once again. If anything, they had improved under Allegri’s guidance, as they also won the Coppa Italia and reached the Champions League final. (more…)