Serie A Round 29

29 Mar

Maybe if he understood football better?

Plenty to talk about in the Serie A round up. First and foremost though is the sacking of Claudio Ranieri from Inter Milan after just 6 months. After an initial turn around, 7 straight wins followed, before elimination from the Champions League to an average Marseille team, and then 1 win in 10 league games, culminating in a 2-0 defeat in the Derby D’Italia to Juventus. It’s fair to say it’s been a bit of a roller coaster for the former Chelsea man. In 26 league games he won 12, lost 10 and drew 4. He actually did well to last so long, Gasperini before him only managed 3 league games. Last season had Benitez and Leonoardo. It’s fair to say that they’re having trouble getting over Mourinho. Ranieri will no doubt pop up again somewhere. Former clubs Valencia and Chelsea are managerless at the moment….

One good thing to come out of the game was the return of Del Piero. He’s been a peripheral figure at the club this year with just the odd appearance here and there (mainly in the cup), but he scored the decisive 2nd goal. This is his last season at Juventus after almost 20 years, so it’s a nice way end his last Derby D’Italia. Although Inter were outside the Top 6, it’s still one of the biggest games in the Italian Football calendar. To see the Del Piero goal – click here. It’s not a brilliant goal, I just like Del Piero, and he’s not gonna be around much longer. I think you could file this one under “tidy finish”. It was his first league goal of the season, but his two cup goals have been against Milan and Roma – Big. Game. Player.

Inter’s defeat to Juve kept the gap at the top of the table to 4 points after Milan’s win against Roma in the other big game. In a tight 2-1 win, it was Ibrahimovic who made the difference once again. He grabbed himself both Milan goals against Top 6 opponents to increase his average opposition ranking to 11.23 and his top 6 goals to four. Milan now have 4 wins in a row.

Miccoli has been up to old tricks again with another Top 6 goal – this time against 5th placed Udinese. This increases his stronghold on the Big Game Player title, bringing his goals against the best in the league to an impressive 9, and his average opposition score to a league high of 6.17. Also on the scoresheet against Udinese (in round 28) was Napoli striker Edinaon Cavani. His double in a 2-2 draw were his first against top 6 opponents. He’s very much the Falcao of Serie A.

Of course all these goals against Udinese have seen Lazio slip into 3rd spot, which is crucially the last Champions League position after the Bundesliga tool the 4th spot. Speaking of  Udinese, it’s Di Natali who remains the flat track bully with an average of 12. Osvaldo is his nearest challenger with 11.44, but his average was helped out by scoring against league leaders Milan in the 2-1 defeat.

And finally, at the bottom of the table, Cesena extended their winless run to 11 games with a 2-2 draw against 17th placed Parma. This was a pretty good result for them, as they’ve only picked up 3 points of the last 33 available. Unsurprisingly, this leaves them adrift at the bottom of the table, though they do have slight hope, as the second relegation 6 pointer too place between 19th placed Novara and 18th place Lecce. This ended in a 0-0 draw, although strangely, Novara are 8th in the form table (last 8 games), and Lecce are 10th.

Cheers,

Liam

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