#sports activities Di Maria can be a bully, Napoli’s fans make them unstoppable and something is wrong at Inter
After the seventh spherical of fixtures in Serie A there are solely two groups left unbeaten, after Napoli introduced an finish to Milan’s run and Atalanta noticed off Jose Mourinho’s Roma within the capital.
And Udinese continued their very own positive kind towards the highest sides with an emphatic 3-1 victory over Inter, whereas Juventus suffered a shock as Monza recorded simply their first win of the season over the Old Lady who performed a lot of the recreation with 10 males.
All of that and extra in our newest 10 issues we realized from Serie A with Sportsmail‘s ALVISE CAGNAZZO.
Napoli are prime of the desk after securing a 2-1 win over Milan and ending their unbeaten run
Juventus’ 1-0 defeat by Monza is simply their first loss however they’ve already drawn 4 occasions
1. ANGEL DI MARIA CAN BE A BULLY
He was alleged to be the additional man for Juventus, however Di Maria’s ‘bullying’ perspective towards Armando Izzo at the weekend has seen his inventory take a sharp decline within the Juventus locker room.
The Argentinian continues to indicate discouraging indicators of intolerance that damage the group, letting them down in key moments. Angel Di Maria should grow to be a key determine for the Old Lady somewhat than a participant filled with anger and resentment. Against Monza he threw away a number of alternatives to be a hero and now his journey in Italy seems verging on a failure.
At 34, it’s good to be mature and able to dealing with the strain, however that crimson card highlighted the frustration of a participant going by way of an sad interval in his profession a few months earlier than the World Cup. The former PSG star left his team-mates going through an uphill battle for over 60 minutes.
These will not be the traits of a charismatic chief and his efficiency speaks to a sure trepidation in his strategy to Italian soccer. Without him it’ll be much more troublesome for Juve to return to the highest of the standings, and Massimiliano Allegri’s bench will proceed to tremble nervously. There is a insecurity and the blame can solely be attributed to Allegri’s contrived method of enjoying soccer.
Angel Di Maria let his aspect down after his crimson card left them with ten males for a lot of the recreation
2. NO BARELLA, NO PARTY
When Nicolo Barella is in wonderful bodily form, Inter’s midfield takes a utterly totally different pace and depth. A purpose from a free kick is simply reward for a participant who confirmed nice character in a powerful technical efficiency. When he is on tune, every thing runs easily and the opposite midfielders win again possession balls and create area in the midst of the pitch.
But when he is drained, his nearly magnetic contact loses its efficiency and the group are liable to implode mentally.
When his efficiency collapses, because it did towards Udinese, the complete Inter XI struggles, and Marcelo Brozovic particularly is made to look fragile and predictable.
Nicolo Barella scored within the fifth minute however Inter nonetheless fell to defeat at the palms of Udinese
Barella suffered up towards Tolgay Arslan for almost all of the sport, forgetting to trace again and press him at key factors within the match. The distinction in physicality between the 2 was marked, and it was evidently this which price the complete Inter midfield.
The impression is that Barella is being deployed tactically in a totally different method than he is used to, and that fatigue is setting in sooner. The relationship with Simone Inzaghi is removed from good, however his performances have gotten visibly affected by a lack of health that is troublesome to elucidate, having performed simply seven video games within the league since August.
The Nerazzurri are underneath the microscope, however the feeling is that something is wrong within the relationship between the squad’s leaders and Simone Inzaghi.
Inter now sit seventh in Serie A with 4 wins and three losses from their first seven video games
3. SAMPDORIA LOOK LIKE A DEAD MAN WALKING
Sampdoria are beginning to seem like something out of a horror movie, however their inefficacies are merely the results of a number of errors made by the membership within the switch market, in addition to the tacitcal choices of Federico Giampaolo.
The Blucerchiati are at ricks of getting their future already sealed in September, after a 2-1 defeat to Spezia within the Ligurian derby, and Giampaolo’s males are slipping additional and additional down the desk. They already look to be a group bored with preventing.
Federico Giampaolo’s Sampdoria are twentieth
Giampaolo has sadly performed every thing wrong, from the formation to the selection of substitutions, and his group are enjoying with the uncertainty of a group has acquired all of the uncertainties of a coach who seems like a UFO landed in Genoa, prepared to depart instantly with a one-way ticket to Mars.
Sampdoria will be a meteor this season, and the company uncertainties don’t assist the gamers in a begin filled with disappointments.
Francesco Caputo and Fabio Quagliarella are far too previous to play for the highest flight, and Abdelhamid Sabiri is too inconsistent a participant.
The worldwide break will permit the membership to take inventory and maybe now is the best second to make a change within the dugout and usher in somebody extra clear of their strategy, and maybe much less complicated than Giampaolo.
M’Bala Nzola scored Spezia’s second of their Ligurian derby win over Sampdoria
4. GASPERINI IS RUTHLESS BUT ATALANTA ARE A TOP SIDE
Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini is maybe probably the most fearsome coach in Serie A, so ruthless is he in what he calls for from his gamers, even to the purpose of asking his president Antonio Percassi to do away with them. For Gasperini, each participant has a objective, however none of them are important, and his abilities lie in his means to show anybody into a prime participant.
Gasperini can be disagreeable, however on this explicit season he has additionally managed to show his aspect into a group that at the moment are capable of stand up to heavy strain from their opponents.
Gian Piero Gasperini has managed to show his aspect to manage higher underneath strain
Sunday’s huge match towards Roma exemplified how a lot they’ve grown mentally, resisting waves of assaults from Jose Mourinho’s males to win three key factors.
Atalanta nonetheless require work, and a number of gamers need out of the membership, however at the identical time they’re additionally able to successful towards Roma and transferring additional and additional up the desk.
Gasperini has unearthed one more gem, moulding Giorgio Scalvini, one of many youngest Italy Under-21s with a beginning berth at senior degree, for Robert Mancini and for this alone he deserves a gold statue at the sports activities centre in Coverciano.
Giorgio Scalvini’s thirty fifth minute purpose was sufficient for Atalanta to see off Jose Mourinho’s Roma
5. MONZA REPEAT CATANZARO’S FEAT AGAINST JUVENTUS
Catanzaro in 1972, Monza in 2022. 50 years after the Calabrian membership’s first Serie A victory towards Juventus, Monza have repeated the feat, with a historic victory over Juventus of their first yr in Serie A. For Monza it is a historic afternoon, with their first victory in Serie A coming unexpectedly after Giovanni Stroppa’s dismissal and Raffaele Palladino’s promotion as first-team coach.
Where the hero for Catanzaro was Angelo Mammì, for Monza it was Danish centre-forward Christian Gytkjaer. This victory should not, nevertheless, deceive Silvio Berlusconi’s membership. The group wanted to win, however transferring ahead Monza must enhance if they’re to have any likelihood of getting out of the relegation zone.
Former Inter and Sampdoria midfielder Stefano Sensi at this second is their most vital participant. He brings co-ordination and stability to a aspect which have struggled a lot with communication in a horror begin to the season.
Sunday’s match towards Juventus could have a catalytic impact for Monza however there are nonetheless many points on which younger coach Palladino must work onerous to attain salvation in Serie A.
Monza secured simply their first victory of the season once they beat Juventus 1-0 on Sunday
6. NAPOLI ARE UNSTOPPABLE WITH THEIR twelfth MAN
Napoli assault with 11 males and defend with 12, or at least that is the way it feels with their fans behind them, residence and away, following Luciano Spalletti’s aspect who, with the victory towards Milan, are favorite for the title.
Olivier Giroud’s purpose could not rescue a level for Milan
Simply put, Napoli are the perfect group in Serie A and are in all probability one of many prime 10 groups in Europe. At the second the group has no discernible flaw and performs glowing and soccer, rightfully drawing comparisons with their fantastic previous.
Spalletti’s fashion of soccer has altered the shaken up in Serie A, sweeping away clichés about Napoli’s incapacity to mount a sustained cost over time. With or with out Spalletti within the dugout, the group grind out factors and can put concern into the hearts of their Scudetto rivals.
The worldwide break comes at a helpful time because it permits the Neapolitan membership to nurse Victor Osimhen again to health, and provides many gamers who haven’t been known as up by their nationwide groups a well-earned relaxation.
Kim Min-jae has slotted seamlessly into Napoli’s defensive unit, and Stanislav Lobotka continues to conduct the aspect. Without their contributions Napoli would seemingly have been overwhelmed by Milan however the technical and bodily high quality of the group’s core saved their opponents quiet.
Giovanni “Cholito” Simeone’s purpose rewarded Spalletti’s braveness and gifted a hard-earned win to town of Napoli, which awaits the miracle of San Gennaro.
Giovanni Simeone’s purpose ensured that Napoli stayed on prime of Serie A with 17 factors
7. MERET BRINGS CONSISTENCY AT THE BACK
Alex Meret endured a very troublesome summer season after the De Laurentiis household membership tried to promote him to make room for Keylor Navas. However the transfer by no means materialised and Meret remained at Napoli solely because of the lack of alternate options and concrete presents.
Sunday’s conflict towards Milan confirmed not solely how dependable Meret has grow to be between the sticks, but in addition that the group and the fans have a lot of belief in him. If Napoli withstood the siege of Milan, it is due to Meret and his extraordinary reactions.
The transfer away from David Ospina freed Meret from the position of back-up, however Sirigu’s proximity by no means actually allowed him to mount any competitors for a place within the beginning aspect.
The former Torino and Genoa goalkeeper is a pal of Meret’s, encouraging him to enhance and has no ambition to usurp his place. This new consolation zone has helped the Frenchman, who’s shallowness has visibly improved on taking the gloves match after match.
Alex Meret has thrived since turning into Napoli’s undisputed No 1 goalkeeper
8. MIHAJLOVIC WAS NOT THE PROBLEM AT BOLOGNA
Bologna’s drawback wasn’t Sinisa Mihajlovic. Yet the membership president thought that a easy change of supervisor may magically clear up the disaster at the beginning of the 2022-2023 season.
Sinisa Mihajlovic was not the issue at troubled Bologna
Thiago Motta is obsessive about ball possession however regardless of 61%, his Bologna surrendered to Empoli’s advances, demonstrating how vertical soccer is simpler than horizontal soccer.
Empoli are a younger group, however a naïve group, committing too many fouls and tries to unravel its problems with high quality with amount. Now the concern of Bologna fans is that Mihajlovic will grow to be a remorse and that the boomerang impact of his dismissal may have devastating results on his group.
When Arnautovic fails to attain the entire group suffers tremendously from the dearth of high quality in assault. Thiago Motta must attempt to be extra concrete by attempting a less-aesthetic strategy to attempt to revitalise the passion of a metropolis that fears a psychological collapse.
Now Bologna occupies sixteenth place with simply seven factors and instantly after the worldwide break they must attempt to rake in as many factors as potential to get away from backside of the desk.
Marko Arnautovic carries the one vital purpose risk for Bologna who struggled once more
9. UDINESE ARE SERIE A’S CINDERELLA STORY
On the pitch, Udinese appear to behave like an English group: they run for 90 minutes and present lion-like braveness in each motion of the match. At the start of the yr in Italy there have been few probabilities attributed to the Pozzo household’s group who discovered the perfect rising Italian coach in Andrea Sottil.
His method of enjoying soccer is even superior to that of Vincenzo Italiano. Udinese play and have enjoyable and don’t appear to undergo from fatigue.
Beto and Gerard Deulofeu appear simpler than some other attacking pair in Serie A, and are behind solely Napoli and Roma for the best variety of touches within the closing 25m of the pitch.
Tolgay Arslan scored deep into stoppage time to make it 3-1 towards Inter on Sunday
Udinese is made up of an assortment of gamers, a lot of whom with lower than 50 appearances in Serie A, but the struggle machine put collectively by Sottil has destroyed Inter’s hopes and re-evaluated Udinese’s place within the Serie A championship after fluctuating technical administration in recent times.
Sottil is not simply a coach however an idol for the fans of the Friulian group who’ve at all times liked the previous defender’s power and power, which he has translated into his new position because the membership’s coach.
Arslan is an architect who directs the works in the midst of the pitch however each single participant is aware of what to do in any given scenario. Four consecutive victories is simply a snapshot of the nice work performed by a coach and group that is now significantly bidding to enter the European qualification locations.
Udinese at the moment are as much as third within the desk with just one loss as they sit on 16 factors up to now
10. AGUSTIN ALVAREZ WANTS TO BECOME SUAREZ’S HEIR
“El Canario” has skilled many difficulties up to now with regards to scoring, with 1 purpose in 19 appearances. 2022 started with a constructive Covid prognosis, however at the moment he is Sassuolo’s star and needs to shine till the tip of the season.
Agustin Alvarez hopes to grow to be inheritor to Luis Suarez’s throne for Uruguay
He comes from a small Urugayan city of 1,994 folks, and within the first significant Serie A match, he scored a treasured purpose that permits Sassuolo to beat Torino within the closing minutes of the sport.
This is how Agustin Alvarez, born in 2001, offered himself with the poster of Luis Suarez in his grandparents’ bed room hanging on the wall and honored as a non secular sq..
His dream is to grow to be Luis Suarez’s inheritor and to win a beginning place within the Uruguayan nationwide group. A want which may have appeared inconceivable when Alvarez was a youngster however at the moment is a actual risk.
Thanks to the religion positioned in him by Sassuolo, he’ll be capable of play many matches in Serie A with the duty of constructing the fans neglect they ever heard of Giacomo Raspadori and Gianluca Scamacca, bought by the membership for a whole of €80million.