The international break is finally over, and regular service resumes in the top leagues across Europe including, of course, Serie A.
Although it’s been two weeks, the incidents sparked in the Juventus-Roma game are still fresh in the memories of Serie A fans and players.
AS Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis bashed Juventus one more time, saying that during his experience as a player, he always had the feeling of not playing on an even footing against Juventus.
He also added that it’s strange to see how many times Juve have won in Italy compared to the club’s history of poor results in Europe.
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The fight between AS Roma and Juventus will continue this weekend, when both teams play different opposition before getting ready for their UEFA Champions League matches next week.
AS Roma will begin Gameweek 7 against Chievo at Stadio Olimpico, while Juventus plays away against Sassuolo on Saturday. Both matches are suited for the Italian giants, even if they will have to keep their concentration to avoid unexpected problems especially from Maxi Lopez (Chievo) and Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo).
The battle for the third place will take place in Firenze between Verona and Milan, on Sunday. Fiorentina will host Lazio in one of the most interesting matches of the day. Both clubs started the season with some negative results and poor attacking performances.
But in the last few weeks, Khouma Babacar’s goals on the Viola side and Filip Djordjevic for the Biancocelesti have put the two clubs on the right path for a Champions League spot.
Filippo Inzaghi will return to Verona as a manager. The Stadio Bentegodi was one of the first stadiums where he starred as a footballer 20 years ago.
READ MORE — Check out the Serie A TV schedule for this weekend.
Two weeks ago against Chievo, the Rossoneri didn’t concede a goal to their opponents for the first time in the campaign. Against Verona, AC Milan will have to maintain consistency in defense to frustrate Luca Toni’s physical dominance.
The juiciest part of the day comes later on Sunday when Inter and SSC Napoli face each other in a San Siro clash. Napoli manager Rafa Benitez already finds his team ten points behind league leaders FC Juventus even with the last two matches featuring wins against Sassuolo and Torino. Despite the upturn, Benitez is still waiting for Gonzalo Higuain to appear on the scoresheet for Napoli this season.
The situation is definitely more complicated for Inter manager Walter Mazzari. After a strong debut season, the Nerazzurri lost the last two games in a row against Cagliari at home and Fiorentina away. According to rumors, Inter Milan President Erik Tohir may be losing his patience with the manager. And if the team suffers another negative result, Tohir could be pushed into making a decision on Mazzari’s future.
On Monday night match, the game between Genoa and Empoli at Stadio Marassi should still be on despite heavy flooding that has been inflicted on the city of Genova.
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