It is very easy to keep track of all the Italians playing in Serie A, as the league is full of them. However, there are a handful of Italian players who play for foreign clubs both inside and outside of Europe.
Most of Italy’s best talent abroad play in Ligue 1 or the Premier League but there are some to keep an eye on in Spain, Germany or even further afield in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
The most exciting game this weekend for Italians abroad was to be found in the French Ligue 1. Le Classique took place and is always a big game in the French football calendar, between Marseille and PSG. PSG took the spoils over their rivals on Sunday night, with a 2-0 victory for the Parisien outfit.
Both Alessandro Florenzi and Marco Verratti featured in PSG’s starting line-up and Florenzi added an assist to his tally when he set up former Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi’s goal to put the visitors 2-0 up with a beautifully placed cross in the 24th minute. Florenzi was substituted off after 88 minutes. On-loan Everton striker Moise Kean came on for the final minutes too but did not have enough time to make any sort of impact. Verratti once again won plaudits for a strong performance, with the midfielder one of the club’s best players this season.
Elsewhere in France, Juventus defender Mattia De Sciglio came on after minutes as a substitute in Lyon’s 3-0 win over Strasbourg.
West London is where two of the Italians reside in England, with Emerson and Jorginho signed during Maurizio Sarri’s reign at the helm of the club. Whilst Emerson rarely features in the league, Jorginho is still a first team regular and played a full 90-minutes in the club’s 2-1 victory against Sheffield United. The Italian converted a penalty kick to give the club their second goal, four minutes after an Antonio Rudiger own goal gave the hosts a lifeline. WhoScored selected Jorginho as their MOTM, with a 7.7 rating thanks to his goal, 4 tackles and 87% pass accuracy.
Elsewhere in England, Angelo Ogbonna played 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet in an otherwise disappointing game in which West Ham drew 0-0 with relegation candidates Fulham. In the Championship, former Bologna defender Adam Masina also kept a clean sheet as his Watford side drew 0-0 away to Coventry.
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In Germany, Vincenzo Grifo was involved in one of the shock results of the weekend, playing 77 minutes as Freiburg defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1, assisting Woo-Yeong Jeong’s opener in the 49th minute as the South Korean fired a long-range shot into the back of the net. Grifo played well throughout the game and will be extremely happy with his side’s victory.
In La Liga, former Milan forward Patrick Cutrone, on loan from Premier League side Wolves, made his debut for Valencia in a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao. Cutrone came on as a substitute and played the final 25 minutes of the match in which the east coast side picked up a valuable point on the road.
Finally, former Liverpool and Milan midfielder Fabio Borini continued his good form in the Turkish Super Lig as Faith Karagumruk secured a 1-0 win away to giants Istanbul Basaksehir. The Italian played 82 minutes as his side remain 8th in the league table in their first Super Lig appearance since 1984.