Serie A day 1 – Are AC Milan Back?
The most important talking point of Serie A’s day 1 was the AC Milan comeback. The Rossoneri, leaded by club’s legend Filippo Inzaghi at his debut on the bench, won for 3-1 at home against Lazio.
The Rossoneri side deserved the three points, thanks to an amazing performance in front of their public. Italian star Stephan El Shaarawy, finally played on high standards, after being tormented by injuries during the last two seasons. The 21 year old striker placed the assist for Keisuke Honda’s opener and consistently gave the Biancocelesti defense trouble. Filippo Inzaghi couldn’t hope in a better seasonal kick off, while waiting for new striker Fernando Torres.
There weren’t many surprises in the Day 1 of the beginning of the 2014-2015 Serie A season.
Last year’s champions FC Juventus won 1-0 away against Chievo, thanks to an own goal by defender Cristiano Biraghi. Despite Antonio Conte’s unexpected exit and the arrival of Massimiliano Allegri on the Bianconeri’s bench during last summer, there aren’t many differences between this Juve side and the team that won the last three League’s titles. To be highlighted the huge performance of young striker Kingsley Coman, who has been chosen by Allegri to substitute senior striker Fernando Llorente.
Just like it happened last year, AS Roma are following FC Juventus step by step. The Giallorossi won the most interesting match of day 1, at home against Fiorentina. Despite a couple of miracles by goalkeeper Morgan De Santis in the second half, Rudi Garcia’s side played better than La Viola and found a super performance by midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who scored the opener and placed the assist for Gervinho’s final 2-0. The 26 year old is actually substituting Kevin Strotman in the Giallorossi midfieled, but if he will be able to reply this kind of performances during the next matches, it will be very difficult for Garcia to rule him out of the starting XI, when Strotman will be back.
Former Premier League midfielder Jonathan De Guzman gifted to Napoli three extreme suffered points against Genoa. The Dutch player has been called in by Rafa Benitez in the last 15 minutes of the game and scored the winner goal in the extra time, avoiding major problems for the Spanish manager, who was not able to target the qualification for the next Champions League group stage, earlier last week.
Former Swansea midfielder was not the only previous Premier League player to debut in Serie A. Nemanja Vidic was not as lucky as De Guzman, since the ex Red Devil caused a doubtful penalty against Torino (saved by goalkeeper Samir Handanovic) and has been shown a straight red card after clapping ironically at the referee. The final result was 0-0.
What about the new Serie A clubs? Palermo drew 1-1 at home against Sampdoria, Cesena won 1-0 at home against Parma and Empoli lost at Udine, after of two goals by the evergreen Antonio Di Natale who scored his goal number 195 in Serie A, just five behind soccer legend Roberto Baggio.
The best goal is definitely the one by Sassuolo’s Simone Zaza, against Cagliari. The 21 year old Italian raising star, can also celebrate his first call with the Italian national team, by new coach Antonio Conte.