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Julian De Martinis On April - 8 - 2011

Six Things We Could Learn From Italian Serie A This Weekend

As the Serie A season draws to a close, there is still almost everything left to fight for (Except for Bari): Champions’ League, the Scudetto, the two relegation spots not filled by Bari (They are so terrible however that were they to occupy two spots, it would seem hardly less than deserving). What can viewers look forward to?

Normalcy Should Resume. Last matchday, only four sides in the top half of the table won, as Inter, Udinese, Lazio, and Roma all succumbed to defeat. This weekend however, the four sides should be able to amass at least five points between them. Inter face a routine trip away to Chievo as Leonardo’s side look to put their Derby nightmares behind them; Lazio host sixteenth placed Parma in a bid to put pressure on Udinese; and Roma and Udinese face off as well, ensuring that at least one side will gain points.

Roma’s Champions’ League ambitions should finally be decided. With only seven matchdays left, this weekend will be absolutely crucial in determining if Roma join rivals Lazio and Udinese in the hunt for fourth place. The capital side must face Udinese at home, a daunting prospect given that the side have only lost once in 2011- last round away to Lecce. Should Roma win, they could be within four points of fourth in the worst case scenario. A loss however would put Montella’s side nine points out of the running: surely a gap too large to leap across for any wolf.

Sampdoria and Lecce: Relegation Duel. Sampdoria host Lecce and find themselves a mere point and two spots above the latter. The winner here may just go on to save themselves this season, but a loss for either side will almost certainly condemn; instead of merely flirting with the drop, the loser here will almost certainly be fully involved, a lover in a relationship that he just cannot stand to be in. As bad as I Giallorossi are, Il Doria are the worst side in the league on form, incredibly winless in seven weeks. If Udinese-Roma will be a Champions’ League decider, this is certainly the equivalent for the relegation dogfight.

The Delio Rossi Effect. Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini has recalled former Lazio coach Delio Rossi to try and undo the damage caused by Serse Cosmi, who had tried to undo the damage caused by Rossi himself a little over a month ago (Confusing isn’t it?). Patience and Zamparini mix together like fire and dynamite, however, and the resulting explosion is always entertaining. Palermo play at home this weekend against lowly Cesena: the team that has only won twice away all season, scoring thirteen goals in fifteen games. Discounting the win over Milan, the Rosanero haven’t won in nearly two months and will be absolutely desperate to salvage something this season. Delio will hope he can be as effective as he was one year ago rather than five weeks ago, and a win might just be on the cards as Palermo look to rally around their best-ever coach.

Napoli for the scudetto? The second placed side play Bologna away this weekend, which will be a far tougher match than first glance may suggest. Napoli of course are a superb side and fully deserve their position in the table. However, I Rossoblu have been superb at home all season, losing only twice. The weight of the game will be firmly placed upon each teams’ emblem: Edinson Cavani and Marco Di Viao, second and third on the Capocannoniere charts respectively. Napoli should be fully committed to winning here, knowing they could go joint top depending on…

Milan’s Tricky Fixture. Fiorentina are never an easy team to face, especially on a late season resurgence, and doubly especially at home. Yet the league leaders must travel to Florence in what is truly a must-win game to carry on momentum from their successful demolition of Inter in the Derby Della Madoninna. Massimiliano Allegri must figure out how to shut out Alberto Gilardino and Adrian Mutu, who have notched five goals in the last four games. Milan’s confidence should be on an all-time high, but underestimating the ninth place side could prove deadly in their scudetto hunt.

Julian De Martinis

Calcio, Azzurri, and Roma tifosi. Blogger, correspondent, podcast host (@LaMagicast). Lover of books, movies, wordplay, family, and a good cappuccino.

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  • ted

    Mutu’s suspended.

  • Caclio Pauly

    Again Roma seem to live and die with Totti. Will be interesting to see what their new owner has in mind with how much is allocated for the summer transfer window. Is Roma going to look for Totti’s eventual replacement, because currently this player does not exist in Roma’s ranks.

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