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Monday November 23 2015
Fantastic four for the Nerazzurri

Inter go top as they manage to net four against Frosinone, while Juventus start creeping up the table with intent, writes Richard Hall.

Roberto Mancini approached the game against Frosinone with confidence and it certainly showed. Despite the first half setting off at a steady pace, Inter exhibited the same characteristics that had steered them to success in recent rounds. Solid at the back, yet arguably relying a little bit too much on Samir Handanovic, they soon grabbed that all important goal thanks to Jonathan Biabiany.  The Nerazzurri piled on the pressure after half time and Mauro Icardi managed to bundle the ball over the line in a much needed goal for the Argentine. It was only the second time the Milanese had scored twice in a match all season but there was more to come. Mancini’s men sat back and played on the counter and late goals from Jesion Murillo and Marcelo Brozovic finished the game off in emphatic style.

Juventus’ third win in a row against Milan on Saturday night sees them go nine points off the top and the Old Lady is eventually starting to resemble her former self.

Paulo Dybala produced an incredible chest trap and volley which flew past Gianluigi Donnarumma in the Milan goal to win the match. The youngster was not too disappointed however, as he swapped shirts with his idol ‘Gigi’ Buffon, who was celebrating his Serie A debut 20 years ago, four years before the Diavolo ‘keeper was born.

Fiorentina bring a certain swagger to most matches, a distinct style and, some thought, a special team. Questions were asked however, as against Empoli in the Tuscan Derby they found themselves inexplicably two goals down after only 27 minutes, the second a thunderbolt by Marcel Buchel. This would test the resolve of the Viola who needed to respond in the second half. Their answer was swift. A double from in-form striker Nikola Kalinic, who came off the bench to score a twice in six minutes saved the Florentines’ blushes.

The early kick off on Sunday saw Napoli continue to impress, as they beat beleaguered Verona 0-2.  Lorenzo Insigne scored one before assisting Gonzalo Higuain who continued with his impressive scoring rate. Hellas sit second from bottom and still are without a win so far this season.

There was controversy in Bologna as Roberto Donadoni continued his honeymoon with his new club. The game ended 2-2 in a match played out on a waterlogged pitch which arguably should have been stopped. To add insult to very near injury, the referee disallowed a perfectly good goal from Anthony Mounier and the awarding of three penalties in a game was borderline farcical.

There was drama too in Genoa, as two red cards and two late goals saw Sassuolo feel aggrieved come full time. Domenico Berardi and Diego Perotti had already seen red by the time Tomas Rincon’s wonder strike (his first in seven years) saw the Grifone take the lead. In the 94th minute however, Francesco Acerbi managed to grab an equaliser for the Neroverdi, what he thought was a late equaliser. The celebrations had hardly died down before ex-Sassuolo player Leonardo Pavoletti did the unthinkable, he scored, 95 minutes were on the clock and the home side walked away with three points.

Elsewhere, Alatanta’s unbeaten home run came to an end as they were beaten by visiting Torino. The Granata had wasted some opportunities before Cesare Bovo’s volley stole all three points.  Vincenzo Montella’s first game of the Sampdoria bench was ruined as they went down 0-1 to Udinese.  Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu managed to get a slightly fortunate effort to win the match for the Zebrette.  Chievo secured an important win against Carpi but will be relieved with the points. The Flying Donkeys were exactly that as they went two goals up within an hour. Carpi pulled one back and threatened to equalise but their best efforts only found the woodwork. Davide Ballardini started life at Palermo with a 1-1 draw with his former club Lazio. The Roman side have not won a league game since beating Torino on October 25th.

Have your say...
Victor - the best club or any side, I have seen. Bar none...and a cool club to support.
on the 26th November, 2015 at 2:13pm
@Anonymous

Well they had a lot of great italians... Baresi, Maldini, etc.
on the 26th November, 2015 at 12:18pm
Credit to President Thohir, first I thought Inter finished after Moratti sold the club to that indonesian man, but slowly slowly he is proving that he is a serious one to take the club to higher level.. and he has been backed Mancini by very good summer transfer campaign.. And Ausilio has done great job as well.. Mancini is ok, so far so good.. Forza Inter!!!
on the 26th November, 2015 at 8:48am
Not sure the Napoli v Inter game is that straightforward. Napoli have struggled against teams that have sat deep against them, which plays into Mancini's hands as that is his specialty. However the Inter defence have a few mistakes in them and needed Handanovic to pull them out of the fire. Napoli, more than any other team, are likely to capitalise on any defensive slips. It's really difficult to call but I'll go for a boring draw.
on the 25th November, 2015 at 6:03pm
@Anonymous - The only thing Roma need to reinforce is their manager. They have arguably the best squad in the league but Garcia cannot take them to the next level. He has been regularly exposed by more astute coaches, especially in the CL. Their position in the league is in spite of his tactics to because of them. Fiorentina are a couple of injuries away from free fall. Napoli appear to have the more balanced team and have a very clever coach in Sarri.
on the 25th November, 2015 at 5:58pm
Victor- Would you have started supporting Milan in 88 if they did not have the three great Dutch players Foreigners?
on the 25th November, 2015 at 4:40pm
Interista - If you want to hypocrisy in action - look no further that football and politics.
on the 25th November, 2015 at 9:45am
@ anonymous - Napoli to win 3-0 is my prediction against Inter not a draw.
on the 25th November, 2015 at 9:08am
@nterista

Italian players are garbage? There are TONS of talent and already great players. You know very little about italian players based on that statement.

Inter are playing the perfect game? Enlighten me, how are they playing the perfect game? Let's see what happened at the end of the season as it's still long to go.
on the 25th November, 2015 at 9:03am
@Anonymous

For Italian football, or let me say for the future of Italian football, and let's be honest, in a Italian league, a team not fielding single Italian, is not how leagues are set up. I agree that I want to win at any cost, that's fair as I'm an athlete myself but for the growth of Italian football it's not exactly excellent conditions. Im prodiversity and grew up playing football in Rosengard/Sweden and not prob with multi national teams, but try picture a Italian league with no Italia
on the 25th November, 2015 at 8:52am
@Anonymous

Part 1

Ive rooted for Milan since 88' so I know a long time too. I don't agree with you that it doesn't matter at all where the player is from. You need to create some group dynamic, and above somewhat encourage Italian youth to grow in domestic league which is happening through youth academy and then call up for senior. A team like Inter (and few others) but specially Inter lacks this aspect. Considering you're not Italian, you could care less for this.
on the 25th November, 2015 at 8:44am
@Anonymous, well said. if this was Juve, they'd get praised for showcasing the Italian game. But since it is Inter, the xenophobic Italians criticize them.
on the 24th November, 2015 at 7:49pm
Lmao who thought Roma were going to destroy Inter. They couldn't even destroy Bate lol. Roma have little balance so I see them dropping out of the scudetto race unless they reinforce. I see Napoli and Fiorentina as two teams in the league that have the right balance between attack and defence. And you can call Milan garbage I recall your team struggling against them around the same time Napoli played them hmmm
on the 24th November, 2015 at 7:01pm
Victor. You obviously know nothing about me but I will let you know a couple of things. I have supported Inter since the era of Rumminege and Brady, yes nearly 30 years. Thats a lot of hard times. My English side has only won one trophy in the 35 years I have followed them. I dont know how you led the topic in that direction. The Italian players issue and the defensive tactics (the Italian game) only become an issue when Inter do it and Inter are winning. I'm lovin it!
on the 24th November, 2015 at 5:25pm
Inter is playing the perfect Italian game, even if we barely have any Italian players. Italian players are largely garbage today with the exception of one or two, so why would we invest in garbage players if there are better ones available? At any rate, Inter gets criticized no matter what.
on the 24th November, 2015 at 4:37pm
Milan and Lazio lmfao they're garbage, on the same level as Frosinone. Everyone said Roma would destroy us too......
on the 24th November, 2015 at 4:35pm
@Godman100

What about Juve, Milan, fioretina, etc? Do they have 1-2 Italians? Multi national teams are great of course but when it comes to zero actual italians in the team it starts ringing alarm bells.

Again, there is a cap for non eu players.

@annonymous

That doesn't surprise me since your 1. not italian, 2. probably someone who always been rooting for a winning team, showing very little loyalty when they haven't been winning.
on the 24th November, 2015 at 4:01pm
@Viktor, you obviously do not understand what Internazionale is about. You must be a butthurt Italian or something. Inter is unique in world football in that sense, they bring in people from everywhere even more so than any other team, that is our motto, our message "brothers of the world". We could have a full squad without a single Italian and that would be just fine, it's who we are. Only Italian non-Inter fans do not get it/complain.
on the 24th November, 2015 at 2:35pm
@Viktor - Not sure why Inter is being criticised for not starting Italians when it's an issue throughout the league. In the same way Inter only have one regular Italian starter, Napoli have just one Italian starter as well (unless you count Jorginho), Roma and Fiorentina have two each.
on the 24th November, 2015 at 2:01pm
Dario, it appears that you are trying to convince yourself. I predict a tight draw to suit both - to an extent.
on the 24th November, 2015 at 1:15pm
Viktor, I couldnt care less. I am not Italian and do not really care about International football in general. I dont care if the players are brought from Mars as long as they improve the team. Club football is now a global business.
on the 24th November, 2015 at 1:14pm
@Interista Napoli should be scared because. 1 they are playing at home and we know what Inter's record is like at the San Paolo 2. Napoli have played more games overall and only let in 9 goals in all competions 3. Napoli have the longest unbeaten run from any of the major european leagues and 4. In 17 competitive games have so far scored 40 goals. So are you sure Napoli should be scared with this record?
on the 24th November, 2015 at 12:24pm
@Anonymous

Actually it matters.

They have one or two player now and then playing, santos,and that's it.
I dont mind having multinational team but let's be honest, roughly 90% of the players starting are forgeiners. Do you think this will boost italian fotboll, and italian youngsters in general? Enhance Italian fotboll? Internationzale or not, they have zero italian spirit right now.

There is a reason why there is a cap for non eu players in serie a.
on the 24th November, 2015 at 10:24am
Italian team? who cares. They are Internazionale - Its in their name that they are not bothered about nationality, Italian or other.
on the 24th November, 2015 at 9:46am
Such an Italian team..
on the 24th November, 2015 at 8:43am
Napoli Vs Inter is only one game - 3 points. In terms of the championship, it is always the same clubs who seem to take turns winning, unless there are Arab investors of course, or a Maradona. Therefore I expect to see either Inter or Juventus at the top after 38 games.
on the 24th November, 2015 at 5:48am
@Interista
Yep Napoli must be scared that Inter scored 4 goals against the mighty Frosinone. If thats your most impressive achievement and is a reason to scare Napoli, then I suggest you watch the games where Napoli smashed Milan and Lazio with similar scorelines. That'll give you a good idea to what 'scared' should feel like
on the 23rd November, 2015 at 9:56pm
Napoli must be scared right now :)
on the 23rd November, 2015 at 3:02pm

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