Bologna have really exceeded expectations this season since former Azzurri head coach Roberto Donadoni took over the job last October.
Juventus recorded their 11th consecutive league win after Paulo Dybala scored the only goal against a Roma side who showed issues both with and without the ball.
Last night we saw a Coppa Italia match between two of the best-performing teams in the Serie A this season. Maurizio Sarri’s table-topping Napoli side played host to Roberto Mancini’s Inter Milan in a game which was characterised by two weak possession games. It took until late in the 2nd half for Inter to break the deadlock which itself was a long-distance shot following a failed attempt by Napoli to move the ball into the centre of midfield.
After a weak start to the season, Juventus are back to performing at a high level and easily brushed past Hellas Verona yesterday. After the excellent Paulo Dybala opened the scoring with a free-kick, he then contributed to the 2nd with an assist for a Bonucci header. Substitute Simone Zaza rounded off the performance as he came off of the bench to add a third with a strong finish on a 1v1.
In the early 1990s, the Italian national team were in a distinct crisis. To solve the tactical issues, the Federazione drew on the secret weapon of domestic Italian football: Arrigo Sacchi.
Following a 2-1 win over Roberto Mancini’s Inter Milan, Napoli went top of the Italian top flight at the expense of their Northern opposition. Going ahead in the 1st minute from a powerful Gonzalo Higuain strike, Maurizio Sarri’s side were the better team through the game and despite late troubles managed to get the three points.
Guardiola fielded his team in a 3-3-3-1 formation against Milan, reminiscent of shapes seen at the Allianz last season as well as in his final campaign at Barcelona.