A look at Napoli’s Electric Pressing Game

Napoli love to take the game to the opposition. Under Maurizio Sarri, they play high-octane football. It’s full of pressing, possession play and inventive, intelligent work in the final third, and when it all comes together, as it did in their recent league match against Benevento, it’s simply brilliant to watch. The Partenopei easily accounted […]

Napoli Switch Gears to Outpoint Bogey Team Atalanta

Napoli have traditionally struggled against Atalanta. Coming into last weekend’s game away from home, the Partenopei had lost three of their last four against Atalanta, including their recent Coppa Italia quarter-final loss. To say they needed to improve upon that record, especially in light of their 1 point lead in Serie A, would be an […]

Why It’s Worth Keeping Track of Juve’s Cuadrado-Mandzukic Partnership

Juventus and Inter played out a 0-0 draw last weekend, and if there was a moment that summarised things, it came in the closing minutes. As the game wandered towards its conclusion, Juan Cuadrado launched a cross into the area, towards the far post. Mario Mandzukic arrived at exactly that position, ready to make something […]

Franck Kessie Highlights His Potential to Contribute for Milan

AC Milan didn’t exactly start well against Sassuolo. They weren’t awful by any means, and they certainly weren’t being exposed with regularity at the back, but there was a kind of staleness to their play. They could control possession with comfort, but they couldn’t progress. They ended up shifting the ball around in a U-shape, […]

Inter Attack the Right-Hand Side to Claim Victory against Verona

In their recent Serie A game against Verona, Inter attacked the right-hand side like few others teams have this season. By the end of the encounter, 51% of their attacks had originated from that part of the pitch, and given that the current league-leaders in attacking the right side of the field, Atalanta, average only […]

Cross-Happy Inter Need to Add Variety in Order to Improve

Inter is always one of the more interesting clubs in Italian football, and it isn’t always for positives reasons. Now is one of those moments. Anything positive is well and truly in the rear-view mirror for the Nerazzurri, and in its place is a combination of poor performance on the pitch, fan revolt and a […]

Juventus and Sampdoria Prepared for their Next Round of Fixtures after Top Tactical Encounter

Juventus retained their lead at the top of Serie A last matchday, claiming a hard-fought 1-0 win against Sampdoria. The club’s manager, Max Allegri, warned against complacency prior to the match, and even went so far as to argue that the players might find their upcoming UEFA Champions League tie against Barcelona easier to handle. […]

Much-Hyped Balde Keita Continues to Highlight his Potential with Lazio

Balde Keita has a ton of potential, and though he has at times been plagued by inconsistency throughout the course of his rise through the Lazio ranks, this season he’s on the right track. To this point in the current Serie A campaign, Keita has racked up eight goals and two assists, and that’s with […]

Why Inter’s Roberto Gagliardini is Justifying His €28 Million Transfer Fee

Roberto Gagliardini has had a big season. Things started off with Atalanta, where, alongside fellow young stars Franck Kessie and Mattia Caldara, he formed a vital part of an unexpectedly successful side under Gian Piero Gasperini. Then, in the January transfer window, the 22-year-old midfielder made the move to Inter, who used Suning’s backing to […]

Alex Sandro Preparing Well Ahead of Big Season with Juventus

During Juventus’ recent pre-season friendly against Melbourne Victory, Alex Sandro only played the opening 45 minutes. The exercise was all about regaining the fitness necessary to compete in the upcoming domestic and European campaigns, so the Brazilian didn’t get a lot of time to show the 23,174 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground what he […]