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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…)

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 1-0 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…)