What We Learned From Week 5 Of The Serie A

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FC Juventus and AS Roma keep marching unstopped toward the big match of next Sunday at Juventus Stadium – five victories in five games for both team, which on Saturday defeated respectively Atalanta and Verona. The Giallorossi won against one of the surprises packets of this term, the Verona side trained by Andrea Mandorlini, but they were able to break the defensive wall built by Gialloblu only in the second half, and only from the distance. In fact, the victory came thanks to two wonderful shots by Alessandro Florenzi and Mattia Destro – especially the forward hit a volley from almost halfway that surprised former Manchester United youngster Pierluigi Gollini. Destro has netted two goals in four games so far, not bad for a player who is supposed to be just a replacement for Francesco Totti.

At the Atleti Azzurri d’Italia stadium Carlos Tevez led Juventus to victory with a brace, and that means he has now scored five goals in the last three games. It seems the Apache is compensating for Fernando Llorente, who yet to find the back of the net this season. He is under pressure to score, with Spanish wonder kid Alvaro Morata scoring his first Serie A goal with a header from a lovely Roberto Pereyra cross.  The former Udinese trequartista is fitting perfectly in the 3-5-2 formation, which must be most pleasing for Massimiliano Allegri.

Now Juventus and Roma will both face tough away games in the UEFA Champions League against Atletico Madrid and Manchester City respectively. It will be a great test of character for the two most thrilling sides in Italy thus far this term.

In third place are an exciting Udinese that are under the guidance of manager Andrea Stramaccioni and Dejan

At third place we now find the amazing Udinese, who on Monday night overcame Parma. At 37, it seems that Antonio Di Natale has never felt better – he scored two more goals against Gialloblu and that means he has now four goals in five games. Despite a lot of changes during the transfer market, Bianconeri have found the perfect chemistry and, until now, they have only lost against Juventus, winning every other game.

What a stunning defeat for FC Inter – 1-4 at San Siro against Cagliari. Everything happened during the first half, with Marco Sau taking advantage of the awful Nerazzurri defence to beat Handanovic after 10 minutes of play. The fast draw by Pablo Daniel Osvaldo seemed to level the game, but then in the space of 15 minutes Albin Ekdal demolished Inter with a hat-trick – astonishing for him who had scored only five goals in Serie A so far. This was a triumph for offensive maestro Zdenek Zeman, coach of Rossoblu, but Nerazzurri defender were partner in crime for sure. Especially Nemanja Vidic seems to be a completely different player from the one who leaded Manchester United defence for years – maybe this is one of the reason why they let him go so easily.

After being defeated at home by Juventus, AC Milan came up short against Cesena with a 1-1 draw the final result. Napoli, whose boss Rafa Benitez is under increasing pressure, managed to secure a precious three points thanks to a volley from Jose Callejon.

In the other games, Sampdoria won 1-0 away to Genoa in the “Derby della Lanterna” – a tough game with few chances on both sides. In the end Fiorentina were thankful for a strike from Khouma el Babacar, who was delightfully assisted by youngster sensation Federico Bernardeschi in a 1-1 draw with Torino. It was only the club’s second goal and second point of the season after five games.  Meanwhile Lazio destroyed Palermo 4-0 away on Monday night, and the Rosaneri chairman Maurizio Zamparini (43 coaches during his 25 years in the football world) will not be happy man.

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