Serie A Round 24

22 Feb

They say there’s no easy games in top class football these days. I would suggest there is – Inter Milan. After their well documented 7 match winning run under new manager Tinkerman Ranieri, they’ve been terrible. In the last 5 games, they’ve picked up just one point. Without wanting to sound like a broken record, I’m afraid it was another very bad weekend for Inter Milan. After losing at home to bottom placed Novaro last week, they’ve gone and done it again with another home defeat, this time to 16th place Bologna, 3-0. They’ve now conceded 12 goals in their last 4 games. This is a team with Zanetti, Lucio, Samuel, Stankovic, Maicon, Cambiasso, Sneijder, and Forlan. They’ve already lost 10 league games this season, and there’s already talk of Ranieri losing his job.

“Bugger”

It’s not quite the doom and gloom I’ve made out to be though. They are in 7th place. It’s just a club the size of Inter (2010 Champions League winners) shouldn’t be 6 points off the Champions League places. Serie A only get 3 places in Europe’s premier club competition, so it’s looking like a tough task to qualify. Though I for one don’t feel too sorry for this cheeky young scamp.

Of course it doesn’t help that your biggest and nearest rivals are currently top of the table. Yep, even without Zlatan, the suspended self crowned King of Football (and possibly the Universe), they managed to sweep 19th placed Cesena aside 3-1 away. What was interesting about this game were the scorers. After his goal against Arsenal, Robinho concluded his good week with another goal, but it was the names of Emanuelson and Sulley Muntari (on loan from Inter), that caught my attention as both scored their first goals for AC Milan. This means that the club have now had 18 different goal scorers in the league this season. That’s 4 more than any other team.

At the other end of the scale, Bologna have only had 7 different scorers, which perhaps explains their lowly position of 14th – although things are looking up with back to back victories against Fiorentina and Inter. Fairing a little better in 10th are Chievo who have also only had 7 different scorers.

And so on to the usual stats:

Fabrizio Miccoli’s fantastic season continued at the weekend. Faced with 4th placed Lazio, he scored the 5th goal in a cracking 5-1 win for Palermo. This both increased his AOI to 6.27 meaning he retains his Big Game Player title, and also meant that he went further ahead in the goals vs Top 6 Opposition, with 8. From 11 goals, that’s certainly an impressive return.

There’s also no change at the bottom end, with Marchisio keeping the Flat Track Bully tag. His average ranked opponent per goal is 13.33, though he hasn’t scored since round 13, which means he’ll probably fall off the top scorers list shortly. Osvaldo and Di Natale are most at risk. Something that I haven’t really noticed is that Edinson Cavani is currently without a goal vs Top 6 Opposition – which is odd considering he just scored against Chelsea in the Champions League. Although……

Elsewhere Andrea Pirlo scored his first goal for Juventus as they aim to win their first title since 2006, or 2003 depending your views on Calciopoli, as they beat 16th placed Catania 3-1 at home. An interesting scorer for Bologna (against Fiorentina in a catch up match) was one time West Ham forward Alessandro Diamanti. I say one time forward, because it turns out that West Ham were never paid by Brescia for the inconsistent playmaker. Strangely, he’s now co-owned by Bologna.

Bundesliga update is up next, and hopefully a feature this weekend.

Cheers,

Liam

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