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Every Monday morning Julian De Martinis looks back over the Serie A action and points out six things that have been highlighted. Good and bad performances, wins, losses, relegation or title contenders, you’ll find a little of everything in this feature.

Yugo Nagatomo is tireless

When Inter signed the twenty-four year old Japanese player from Cesena, they probably expected a solid fullback, someone who would make a decent addition to their roster. How wrong they may be. Nagatomo demonstrated against Chievo that he might just be something truly special. Full of zip, verve, and running, his tireless forays into the attack added an entirely new dimension to Inter’s frontline, and yet he was never caught wanting defensively. He illustrated that he is quite the dribbler and has a unique way of running that just may become a trademark. Although he still has much to prove, based on the night, he might just be the leftback version of Maicon in his prime: music to the ears of any Interista. Davide Santon’s return to the side may have just been delayed indefinitely.

Francesco Totti is tirelessly reliable

As if the Roma captain needed another bullet point in the powerpoint of his career, his last-gasp goal against Udinese sent Romanisti into raptures. Back as the focal point of a 4-2-3-1, Totti is thriving once again. His double against Udinese not only gave Roma three vital points in the race for fourth, but put him at eleven goals for the season. The spectacular nature of his second illustrated that, despite advancing in age, Francesco is still able and willing to carry Roma onto his back. Incoming president Thomas Di Benedetto has stated in the past that the Giallorossi captain is a magician and skeptics need no further proof than a video of the last 15 seconds of Roma’s match over the weekend.

Lecce just may save themselves, but should really thank other teams

Two matchdays ago, Lecce were on a run of three consecutive losses and staring the drop squarely in the face. Since then, the side have beaten both Udinese and Sampdoria- the former surely a bigger scalp this season than the latter, though last year the reverse would have quite easily held true. On thirty-four points now, the Salentini are three points above the drop and in much better form than any side underneath them. Once all but destined for the bottom, Lecce now appear to have earned another season in Serie A, mostly due to the complete ineptitude of Sampdoria and Parma.

New-old coaches don’t fix new-old issues

Delio Rossi, brought back to Palermo, was supposed to end this horrible run once and for all. When his side took a two goal lead against lowly Cesena, it seemed as if the prodigal son’s return would be duly rewarded. Yet Cesena managed a remarkable comeback in stoppages, scoring two goals after having three men sent off to tie the game and deny Palermo of all but a point. The Rossoneri’s defensive instability continues: the side has conceded twenty five goals in the past ten games and has only kept a clean sheet once in that period. The only aspect of the team more unreliable than the backline is surely the President, and it may just be a matter of time before Maurizio Zamparini decides that Delio’s return was a mistake as well.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be fantastic, but he never learns

Four matchdays ago, Milan tied Bari in a game where the Swedish striker was sent off. Originally banned for three matches, the length was reduced to two; the striker missed the derby but came back in time for Fiorentina this weekend. After setting up Clarence Seedorf for the Rossoneri’s first and helping Kevin Prince Boateng in the buildup to Pato’s second, he then capitulated in typical Ibra fashion. First he picked up his fifth yellow of the season, automatically ruling him out of next weekend due to accumulation. Then he received a straight red for arguing with the linesman over a throw in. All together Zlatan will likely be out at least two games and possibly three; a ban that, this time, the Lega probably won’t reduce.

Luca Toni is somehow still relevant

Somewhat unbelievably, the incredibly lanky Italian notched Juventus’ third in order to beat his former team, Genoa. In a battle of own goals, both the Old Lady and the port city scored on themselves before Alessandro Matri and Antonio Floro Flores put one in the opponent’s net. Toni’s goal in the eighty-third settled the tie and put Juventus within six of the Champions League, and perhaps more importantly, gave the team a three game winning streak for the first time all season.

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  1. ted says:

    LOL @ Ibra.

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