Roma fall whilst Lazio are hot on their heels, Milan implode again and Luca Toni strikes again
This weekend saw another incredible series of matches in Serie A. The stand out games saw Roma against Sampdoria, Milan’s trip to Florence, Lazio taking on Torino and Verona’s trip to the San Paolo.
The Wolf is wounded and the Eagle now circles
Monday night saw both teams from the Eternal city kicking off which much at stake. Roma have faltered miserably in 2015 and have taken it upon themselves to not only back out of the title race but it seems perhaps also the Champions League spots. Whilst the Giallorossi have been perhaps struggling to find a ‘plan B’ their fierce city rivals Lazio have been in superlative form.
Lazio beat a strong Torino side away from home 0-2 and made it five wins out of five for the Biancocelesti. The Corriere Dello Sport lead with “Felipe Grande” or Felipe the Great, pointing out that the fantastic Brazilian’s two goals put Torino to bed and means that now they are only one point off Roma and can start dreaming.
One team who did spend the night sleeping were the Giallorossi who were beaten soundly by Sinisa Mihajlovic’s Sampdoria. Garcia’s side have adopted a policy of “We came, we saw, we faltered” in 2015 and they are now looking over their shoulders rather than hoping to catch Juventus. This was a point caught by the Gazzetta Dello Sport who gave credit to Sampdoria saying that they had impressed, whilst Roma were now 14 points behind the leaders and that Garcia’s position could be up for debate.
Roma’s game was perhaps typified by Seydou Keita who was sent off for sarcastic applause and then decided he wouldn’t leave the field? Perhaps he thought it was a sarcastic red card? Either way the episode was symbolic of the way Roma have left the title race.
Milan sink as it pours down in Florence
Shambolic, embarrassing, misguided, frankly ridiculous and that was only Pippo Inzaghi’s hat. The ex-Milan striker cut a lonely figure as his team went down 2-1 to Fiorentina in the pouring rain in the Stadio Artemio Franchi. His new Milan branded cap was perched on top of his head making him look like he really believed he could still ‘kick it with the kids.’ Perhaps this would not be the worst idea for if Inzaghi was to don his boots again he may teach his declining team a thing or two. It is certainly something he is struggling to do from the stands and the vultures are circling.
Even before a ball had been kicked the pressure was immense on the Milan coach. The Gazzetta Dello Sport reported that Adriano Galliani had been out to dinner in Tuscany with Empoli coach Maurizio Sarri, and they did claim that he was on the menu? A worrying thing perhaps, when later Galliani denied all knowledge of this meeting (has anyone seen Sarri though?)
After the game Gazzetta enjoyed more sport with the Inzaghi claiming that he was beaten black and purple before pulling a turn around and stating that his job was not a risk. Good for him, especially since he had just bought a new hat.
Luca Toni is at it again at the ripe old age of 37
For fans of the Italian game there is nothing more satisfying that watching veteran striker Luca Toni wheeling away from a fallen keeper with the ball in the net. Incredibly this year his trade mark celebration is becoming much more of a regular thing and at his age this is impressive. Never reliant on his pace his talents are still evident for all to see and this weekend he took on Napoli and scored a brace.
It seemed fitting that La Gazzetta Dello Sport ran a heading of “The immortal Toni turns the European race and Benitez around.” Tuttosport also paid tribute calling him “Super Toni” whilst the Corriere dello Sport ran with a picture of him in full flight and the words “Napoli, Toni, Lightning” Luca did strike twice and shows no sign of stopping, amazingly that was his 13th this season and 33rd in total for Hellas meaning that he is just two shy of equalling club top scorer Emiliano Mascetti.
By Richard Hall