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Lessons Learned from Giornata 20

After this weekend’s action, the eyes of Italy will be on its largest metropolitan city.  The Milan derby could move AC Milan within striking distance of first or could help Inter Milan put some distance between itself and its rival.  And the two clubs are approaching this game from opposite directions: Inter striking some luck to grab a point from Bari and AC Milan easily dispatching Siena.  This will likely be the last time the top two clubs in Serie A will face each other this season, so sit back and enjoy the game.

In other action this weekend:

Luca Toni looked like a good signing for Roma

… at least this weekend.  Despite missing injured captain Francesco Totti, Roma cruised to a victory over Genoa with two goals from the newly-acquired Toni.  The story, however, was just as much Roma’s defense, which held the visitors to one shot on goal.  The win propelled Roma into third place in the standings, an incredible rise considering where they were in November.

 

Fiorentina needs to find some consistency

It is hard to justify your spot in the Champions League when you cannot produce consist results against clubs you should beat.  Despite a blistering start after the winter break by beating Bari and Siena, the Viola fell at home to a team that had only four wins on the season and none on the road.  While the win helped Bologna climb out of the relegation zone, the loss for Fiorentina dropped them four points behind Napoli for the fourth spot in the standings.

The Ferrara firing watch continues

Rami has an excellent post up on the situation but it is worth noting two things about Juventus’ loss to Chievo this weekend – Juventus could not win despite having possession for two-thirds of the match and  Chievo had lost three straight prior to this match.  For fans of the beautiful game, the question is: who gets fired first, Ferrara at Juve or Rafa Benitez at Liverpool?

Bortolo Mutti may be the best managerial signing this season

Granted his Atalanta squad beat a struggling Lazio team at home, but they did so in dominating fashion: a 3-0 drubbing that was over before the halftime whistle.  This was a Lazio club that had been winning of late, specifically having not lost in 2010.  While they still have a long season ahead of them to avoid relegation, Mutti seems to have them on the right track.

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