Monday October 19 2015
Derby d’Italia draws a blank

The Derby d’Italia ended in stalemate, while Roma and Napoli look like they will be difficult to stop, writes Richard Hall.

Inter and Juventus played out an entertaining 0-0 draw in the Derby d’Italia on Sunday night. The Gazzetta Dello Sport described the result as one that ‘would make nobody happy’ and perhaps they were right. Both teams had chances to win the game, and enjoyed long spells where they looked in control. The point however, will do little to take the pressure off the under-performing Juventus nor will it deflect criticism away from Inter, who despite starting the season well have had questions asked of them.

The Nerazzurri had the chance to go top of Serie A but found themselves up against a resolute Juventus. The ‘Old Lady’ had been mocked by the Curva Nord who unveiled a spectacularly well-choreographed display, that referred to them missing out on the treble last year and had the message ‘Keep Dreaming’ front and central. The game was heated and Felipe Melo was perhaps fortunate to stay of the field. The best two chances fell to Marcelo Brozovic and Sami Khedira who each hit the woodwork.

Roma were one team that had no problem finding the net as they brushed Empoli aside in the 3-1 victory on Saturday night in the Stadio Olimpico. Despite the lack of atmosphere in the ground (due to the Ultras boycotting of the Curva Sud over the issue of barriers,) the Giallorossi put on an electrifying display. The highlight was Daniele De Rossi netting on his 500th appearance for the club. The team from the Eternal city have moved up into second and have scored the most goals in Serie A in doing so.

Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli are another team that are finding goals easy to come by and they continued with their charge up the table by beating first placed Fiorentina. Lorenzo Insigne and Gonzalo Higuain were the goal scorers in this 2-1 win with Insigne matching his season’s best ever tally of six goals. Fiorentina can take heart, that despite the defeat, there approach the game left them with a lot of positives, not least the fact that Nikola Kalinic was once again on the scoresheet.

The game of the weekend came in Genoa as they welcomed Chievo to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. Alberto Paloschi kick started the game after only two minutes when he put the visitors ahead but before 20 minutes had passed the home side were in front thanks to goals from Leonardo Pavoletti and Serge Gakpe. The ‘Flying Donkeys’ brought on veteran striker Sergio Pellissier who also took to the sky himself and equalised with a flying back heel. As if this wasn’t enough the game was yet to have more drama when on the 93rd minute Panagiotis Tachtstidis won the game for the home side and the Ferraris erupted.

Atalanta are creeping up the table and are looking somewhat like their old selves. Last season was a disappointing campaign with a disappointing record at home. This season the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia looks once again like the fortress it used to be and the 3-0 destruction of Carpi was testament to that. Unbeaten at home in league and cup this season they are certainly enjoying themselves, confidence his high and this was typified by Alejandro Gomez who had the pick of the goals as he curled one in from a corner.

Elsewhere Verona remain winless after Udinese fought back late on to earn a 1-1 draw. The result leaves Hellas in the relegation zone although there injury list certainly can be cited in dispatches. Another 1-1 draw was played out in Turin as Milan’s poor form continues under Sinisa Mihajlovic. Two defeats and a draw in the last three will do nothing to alleviate the pressure on the Serbian Coach.

Franco Vazquez’s winner for Palermo released the pressure as they lost four in a row before Sunday’s early kick off. Bologna however, are already in crisis as they remain stuck at the bottom of the table with six defeats in seven games. Frosinone managed to move away from the bottom as they managed to beat Walter Zenga’s Sampdoria. The 2-0 win was one of the shocks of the day with Federico Dionisi chipped effort certainly winning goal of the game. Finally Sassuolo upset Lazio as they won 2-1 at the Mapei Stadium. Paolo Cannavaro’s dive for the penalty was perhaps farcical but the home team’s performances this season certainly warrant their lofty fifth place status.

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Have your say...
The Ronaldo penalty happened in 1998. The phone calls date back to 2003-2004. Where is the connection?
on the 21st October, 2015 at 2:25pm
How did Inter do it AND never won anything during that period ? Does not make sense. We will never forget that Ronaldo penalty ...
on the 20th October, 2015 at 9:57pm
Inter did some things wrong? They ran they're club like it was the KGB.
on the 20th October, 2015 at 9:48pm
Look up the review of calcopoli by Frank Tigani, have a good read and you can certainly see how inter were able to hide their involvement in the process, and read the claims by Paolo Bergamo a former ref designator and his accusations against inter Milan and their involvement in this process too. Juve were wrong to do it, but if Milan, Inter etc were at it too, and if one is punished so heavily then they should all be treated the same
on the 20th October, 2015 at 4:40pm
@Chalon - To this date, there has not been any convincing evidence to suggest Juve were the ONLY ones who 'cheated' or had 'refs in their pocket'. Those phone calls that Juve made were of the same nature as the ones INTER made - which promoted Moggi to 'quiet rightly' say that 'either we are all guilty of the same crime or we are all innocent'. We have all heard about the PENTITI scheme in Italy where the criminals who rat on other criminals get lighter sentences. INTER ARE AS GUILTY AS JUVE.
on the 20th October, 2015 at 3:33pm
"Sells Serie A down the river will doing exactly what it accuses others others of"
Only biased people who I guess do not inform themselves all the way on purpose would say something like this. Juventus actually cheated and had referees in their pockets. Inter did things wrong like calling the ref designators to complain which they are not allowed to do but the transcripts were clear Juve cheating was on a whole different level so please stop trying to defend your cheating club.
on the 20th October, 2015 at 2:55pm
Juve does not look like a 'real' team yet. I find Allegri's tactics baffling at times. I am still not sure why Zaza started the game and Dybala was left on the bench. My only logical conclusion was that Mandzukic may not be match fit and he wanted to keep Dybala fresh for the CL match. Its also worrying that Juve look incapable of scoring. I disagree that Morata is only good in Europe. He hardly got any service in the game. Plus, he needs the right partner next to him.
on the 20th October, 2015 at 1:55pm
Are you playing the victim card?! You club spies on its own players. Sells Serie A down the river will doing exactly what it accuses others others of. Inter is a big club with money don't cry victim like a provincial side.
on the 20th October, 2015 at 11:38am
Nobody made a big deal about Inter winning the first 5 games, if anything we were criticized no matter what.
on the 19th October, 2015 at 7:15pm
We fell asleep in the second half. It was mostly passing backwards, many times all the way to Handanovic who gets nervous. Again, Mancini seems to save his substitutions (which may add a bit of creativity) for the second half's extra time or maybe the next match. I was worried the whole time that we will end up with 10 players as Melo looked like he will easily fall into that trap. Reminded of me of Balotelli and his tendencies to quickly collect a second yellow, leaving his teammates furious ..
on the 19th October, 2015 at 6:06pm
Juve dont score enough goals at all!!! Think the old guard at the bck are fine but upfront we are flat sometimes..cuadardo was excellent. But all we did was olay down the right! We shud have utilised the left more as inter saw this and picked up on it...why not give alex sandro a chance! Evra def a better defender but sandro is fresh! Zaza had a decent game too..not so much marota..better suited to europe i think...forza juve long way to go yet need to find consistency
on the 19th October, 2015 at 6:05pm
Couldn't believe such a big deal was being made about Inter when they won their first 5 or Fiorentina after they went top. I think Roma are best equipped to win the league with Juve struggling for form but they need to replace Garcia IMO. I do hope Juve finishes in the top 3 as Italy needs the strongest teams in the CL. Truth be told I'd rather Napoli finish 4th and win the Europa League (as they look like the most club best equipped to do it) so Italy has 4 teams in CL next season.
on the 19th October, 2015 at 6:01pm
It was a well contested and heated Derby, either team could've won but at the end the draw was a fair result. The game also highlighted the problems with both teams. For Inter, while our defense has improved beyond belief (we would've lost this game last year 3-0), our attack lacks a bit of creativity, we will need a creative player in January. Juve's midfield and attack has significantly weakened too.
on the 19th October, 2015 at 5:06pm

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