Tuesday May 6 2014
Serie A Week 36: Did You Know?

Juventus and Antonio Conte celebrate the Scudetto, Roma confirm their Catania curse, Milan Derby turnaround and Domenico Berardi treble in Susy Campanale's stats round-up.

Juventus won their 30th official Scudetto – the 32nd including those stripped in the Calciopoli scandal. This club had not won three in a row since they strung together five from 1931 to 1935, when current President Andrea Agnelli’s grandfather Edoardo was the patron.

Antonio Conte has won three straight Scudetti and the last tacticians to achieve this were Roberto Mancini at Inter from 2006 to 2008 (again taking Calciopoli into account as the 2006 edition was handed to them by the courts) and Fabio Capello with Milan from 1992 to 1994. The only other Bianconeri Coach to have won three consecutive titles was Carlo Carcano from 1931 to 1934. Conte also won five for Juve as a player. This was Conte’s 100th win on the Juventus bench in all competition, along with 34 draws and just 15 defeats.

The Bianconeri set a new Serie A record of 31 victories in a single campaign. They remain on track to become the first club with a 100 per cent home record and are one point shy of Inter’s all-time record of 97 points in 2006-07.

There have been 75 official matches at the Juventus Stadium, resulting in 56 home wins, 16 draws and only three losses to Inter, Sampdoria and Bayern Munich. The Bianconeri scored in 71 of those games, firing blanks against Siena, Lazio, Bayern Munich and Benfica.

Atalanta haven’t beaten Juventus in 13 years, as their 2-1 result in 2001 was followed by two draws and 17 defeats, home and away.

Ex-Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo has been in each of the last four Scudetto winning teams and now has five overall on his CV, as does Gigi Buffon. Carlos Tevez has won six League titles at Boca Juniors, Corinthians, Manchester United twice, Manchester City and Juventus.

Milan had not celebrated a Derby della Madonnina victory since a 3-0 result in 2011, managing a draw and four defeats. Clarence Seedorf’s men have won their last four home games with clean sheets. Nigel De Jong’s only other Serie A goal was in a 3-2 loss to Lazio on October 20 2012 in Rome. Mario Balotelli marked his 100th Serie A appearance.

Over the last 17 rounds under Seedorf, Milan have put together 32 points, in that period second only to Juventus and Roma.

Inter had been unbeaten in six, including four stalemates, while it was only their second defeat in 14 rounds. The Nerazzurri hadn’t conceded for 351 minutes of football, but failed to find the net for the second home game running. This is their first Serie A game in the last 10 years without a single shot on target.

Walter Samuel had previously won all 10 of his Milan Derby appearances at San Siro, losing only 2-1 in the 2011 Italian Super Cup played in Beijing.

Roma only suffered three defeats this season in Serie A, all of them away from home at Juventus, Napoli and Catania. The Giallorossi haven’t won away to Catania for seven years, managing three draws, but that was played on neutral turf. Their last victory on Sicilian soil was back in 1970. The last time they conceded four in the top flight was when Cagliari won 4-2 at the Olimpico on February 1 2013.

Francesco Totti rose to 235 Serie A career goals, eight of them this season, but this was his first at the Massimino.

Catania have now won two on the bounce at the Stadio Massimino, but hadn’t scored so many here since beating Lazio 4-0 on November 4 2012. Mariano Izco had only ever scored three Serie A goals before this game and bagged his first brace. Gonzalo Bergessio went up to 33 and Pablo Barrientos 14, his fifth of this term matching the season’s best set last year.

The Elefantini now have 26 points, whereas at this stage last season they were on 52 – precisely double the current tally.

Napoli set a new club record with 94 goals in all competition this season and had not won three home games in a row yet this calendar year. Dries Mertens celebrated his 27th birthday with his ninth goal of the Serie A season, while Goran Pandev hadn’t scored since his brace in a 3-3 draw with Udinese on December 3 2013. Blerim Dzemaili has six goals this term, one shy of the personal best he set last year.

Cagliari haven’t won in Naples for seven years, as a 2-0 result in 2007 was followed by two draws and four losses. Victor Ibarbo marked his 100th Serie A appearance. Napoli have scored 17 goals in the 15 minutes leading up to half-time, more than any other team in this period.

Giuseppe Rossi made his Serie A comeback for the first appearance since January 5, but his last goal had also been against Sassuolo on December 22 2013.

Fiorentina have lost five of their last seven official games on home turf, winning the other two. The last time the Viola conceded four at the Stadio Franchi in Serie A was a 5-0 humiliation by Juventus in March 2012. Vincenzo Montella had won his two previous encounters with former Roma teammate Eusebio Di Francesco. Juan Cuadrado has scored three goals in his last two games.

Domenico Berardi has scored two hat-tricks and one poker, contributing to a total 16 goals in his debut Serie A season. The only other players in the top five European Leagues to have bagged a treble on three occasions are Leo Messi and Luis Suarez. He is the first Serie A player to score more than one away treble in a single campaign since Andriy Shevchenko in 1999-00.

Sassuolo hadn’t won three away matches in a row since March 2013 in Serie B, when the run was four. The last time the Neroverdi scored four on their travels was on March 9 2013, a 4-3 victory at Varese in Serie B. Nicola Sansone netted six this season, two with Parma and four since the January loan move to Sassuolo.

Lazio’s last two home games have ended 3-3 and Verona ended their run of six consecutive defeats in Rome. Their last Serie A win here was 1-0 in December 1984, followed by two draws and six losses. Stefano Mauri scored for the third week running and now has 45 Serie A goals. Cristian Ledesma made his 300th appearance in an Aquile jersey.

Hellas hadn’t shared the spoils for nine rounds, winning four and losing five. They set a new club record of 59 goals scored in a single season. Marquinho found the net for the second game in a row. Both Juan Iturbe and Romulo netted against Lazio home and away this season.

Chievo fell to a third consecutive home defeat and haven’t scored at the Bentegodi in 271 minutes of football. Home and away, they haven’t beaten Torino in the League since a 3-0 result in 2007, followed by three draws and as many losses, but this was their first Serie A defeat to that club in Verona. The Granata extended their unbeaten run to five wins and a stalemate and have scored in each of their last six games for a total 16 goals. During that same period, Chievo amassed one point.

Genoa have picked up just two points from the last six rounds, but drew for the second week running. Bologna earned one win and five draws from 13 games, but ended their three-visit losing streak at Marassi.

Parma got back to winning ways after one point in three outings. The Ducali have 55 goals and are just two shy of their all-time Serie A record set in 2003-04 by Coach Cesare Prandelli. Antonio Cassano took his top flight tally to 106 goals, 12 of them this season. Sampdoria scraped only one win and one draw from the last six rounds, but have lost three away fixtures in a row for the first time since November 2012. The Blucerchiati have a poor record at the Stadio Tardini, losing their last four visits by scoring one goal and conceding six.

Udinese got back on track following one point from four rounds. The last time they scored five Serie A goals was a 5-2 victory away to Inter on May 19 2013. The Friulani hadn’t notched up this many goals on home turf since crushing Cagliari 6-2 on May 31 2009.

Antonio Di Natale went up to 189 Serie A goals, catching Amedeo Amadei in the all-time charts and only two behind Kurt Hamrin’s total. This was his first brace of the campaign, the 25th in his Serie A career.

With seven goals, Udinese-Livorno had the most prolific first half of the Serie A season so far. Emmanuel Badu had never scored in Serie A before this season, but now has four to his name, while Roberto Pereyra is on eight and Gabriel Silva two.

For the second time this season, Livorno have put together a run of five consecutive defeats. The Amaranto haven’t beaten Udinese for eight years, managing one point from seven encounters, home and away. Paulinho took his Serie A career tally to 17 goals with his second brace, while it was Djamel Mesbah’s fifth strike. Livorno have conceded in each of their last 25 games for a total 58 goals.

There were 34 goals in this round, an average of over three per game. Of the five penalties awarded, only two were converted successfully. 

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Have your say...
@ jimmy_stallion absolutely. Conte turned Juve around almost immediately when he took over. He's such a great find. This is the thing. Conte, Garcia, Rodgers, Simeone and even dare I say it Donadoni show that coaches make all the difference. People come on here saying certain players are average and the media says that teams need to spend 100m each summer but the reality (as shown by Atletico who spent net -40m last summer) is that teams don't need to spend money if they have the right manager.
on the 7th May, 2014 at 12:47pm
@anonymous. Said the same but my comment never appeared. Its not an attack at Football Italia, but the Napoli coppa preview was pretty negative, but the Fiorentina article was glowing and balanced. CL is more important than Serie A for cash, and Juve, easily winning it, still did worse than Napoli who are 3rd and AC who are scraping top8. Why is this? For sure, the CL is where Italy will grow globally and attract new players - Serie A is simply a route to get to the BIG league. (cold truth)
on the 7th May, 2014 at 12:12pm
You've just got to love Vialli. Not only does he come across as being a very decent chap, he also speaks with a lot of intelligence & common sense. @Maldini's Heir, I too do believe that with the right coach, Milan can make a giant step-up. The squad really isn't that bad & you have some exciting young players. I actually like Rami. Paired with another decent CB, he'll do a solid job. I do think that Milan need to improve their pressing game/defending from the front.
on the 7th May, 2014 at 12:10pm
I dont understand why there has been no comment on the Juventus Europa League exit and the mini riot? Come on lets have a bit of impartiality?
on the 7th May, 2014 at 9:56am
Lets hope Seedorf (or his replacement) is another Garcia, Rodgers or Simeone. This is Milan's priority this summer. And signing a few defenders. Mexes and Rami are not the answer to our defensive woes by any stretch of the imagination. Good clean sheet in the derby though.....
on the 7th May, 2014 at 8:45am
Finally not to get too carried away Milan did show that somewhere lurking deep down there's a side that finished third last season. Roma went from 6th last season to nearly being Scudetto winners this season making up a massive 23 points (with 2 games left). Liverpool went from 7th to near title winners (until they choked ha ha ha ha). Atletico made up 24 points on Barcelona. This shows that once average players can become title challengers with the right manager.
on the 7th May, 2014 at 8:44am
Mexes probably should've been sent off as usual but while you can always question his decision making he definitely was emm...lets just say committed. And we scored from lumping a set piece into the box! Who would've thought that works. Still too many short corners for my liking. I also still have question marks over some of Seedorf's tactics. Taarabt is not a trequartista even if he picked out a great pass to De Sciglio. If he gets the results I'll trust him. 6th place is a minimum though.
on the 7th May, 2014 at 8:39am
Finally a win in the derby! I predicted defeats to Roma and Inter so I'm glad I was proven partly wrong. Inter were poor but I thought Milan were excellent and De Jong was absolutely outstanding. My main criticism of De Jong started when I went to see Milan v Juve and I noticed his lack of positional sense but from what I can gather from the TV he was always in the right place and just stayed there in front of the defence. Constant showed glimpses of what he produced last season.
on the 7th May, 2014 at 8:34am
The Juventus stats under Conte, esp when you think about the back to back 7th place finshes, shows what a great coach and leader he is. Salute.
on the 6th May, 2014 at 10:27pm

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