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A single moment of brilliance proved the difference-maker in Sunday’s clash between Bologna and Cesena. The early-season relegation battle looked to be heading for a 0-0 until Marco Parolo’s goal-of-the-season contender stunned the Dall’Ara crowd in the 84th minute. Hosts Bologna went in as favourites thanks to a good run of form under new coach Stefano Pioli. The ex-Chievo coach had guided the Rossoblu to their first three wins of the season after taking over on October 4th and his [...]

Posted by Andrew Murray On Nov - 23 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Andy Murray with a few words on Team of the Week AC Milan at Serie A Weekly The Rossoneri are back. Sunday’s 4-0 victory over Catania puts Milan third in the table and just a single point away from leaders Udinese. They’ve won 5 from 5, scoring 18 goals in the process, and have been reinstated as the bookies’ favourites to win this year’s Scudetto. Not bad for at team who’d been written-off after an inauspicious start saw them drop [...]

Posted by Andrew Murray On Nov - 9 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Superior finishing helped Lazio claim a 3-0 victory from a game that was more often than not spent on the back-foot. The result at Cagliari sees the Biancocelesti move to third in Serie A after an undefeated October. Edy Reja’s men have claimed four wins and a draw from their last five games to quietly become one of the league’s sides and this week’s Team of the Week. Lazio started as slowly as you’d expect from a side missing the [...]

Posted by Andrew Murray On Nov - 2 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Seven wins, 27 goals, a comeback of the decade and only one nil-nil draw in sight: last week’s round of Serie A action was a far cry from the previous week’s stalemates. A Kevin-Prince Boateng hattrick helped Milan to a 4-goal turnaround at Lecce, Inter squeezed past Chievo and Lazio crept into second, but the real story came at the Friuli. Udinese took full advantage of Juventus’ slip against Genoa with a 3-0 walkover of Novara that sees the Zebrette [...]

Posted by Andrew Murray On Oct - 26 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

An interesting tie awaits at the Stadio Friuli on Saturday afternoon as Udinese play host to Novara. A quick glance at the table (Udinese are 2nd, Novara 16th) might suggest that this should be a routine victory for the home side but there are plenty of potential twists that could make the tie anything but straightforward. Few expected Udinese to match last season’s outstanding 4th-place finish this time around but they’ve made an excellent start to the season. Losing players [...]

Posted by Andrew Murray On Oct - 22 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Five goalless draws and an average of just 1.4 goals per game made for Serie A’s quietest round of games yet but there were still a handful of notable performances. Entertaining ties (particularly at the Stadio Olimpico) resulted in big wins for Lazio, Milan, Bologna and Parma, but Inter’s enduring woe is the real story of the week. The Nerazzurri fell to a 2-1 defeat at Catania to leave them just one point above the relegation zone: their worst start [...]

Posted by Andrew Murray On Oct - 19 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Before Sunday night Juventus’ start to the season hadn’t been anything to write home about. Laboured performances against Siena, Bologna and Catania had eroded some of the optimism born from the opening day’s 4-1 thrashing of Parma. The Vecchia Signora took five points from these games but their displays were arduous: plenty of heart, but little fluidity or panache. If the Parma game highlighted the potential strengths of the new-look Juventus, the following displays acted as stark reminders of their [...]

Posted by Andrew Murray On Oct - 4 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

What a difference a week makes. Two fixtures into the Serie A campaign and Siena were down at the wrong end of the table with a single point and no goals from games against Catania and Juventus. Fast-forward seven days and the Robur are ninth after two inspired performances saw them take four points from six, starting with a draw at the Stadio Olimpico. Many expected Luis Enrique’s new-look side to click into gear against Siena on Thursday night but [...]

Posted by Andrew Murray On Sep - 28 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Serie A Weekly welcomes back writer Andrew Murray who will be covering Team of the Week and as well as other topics… Napoli shot to the top of Serie A on Sunday night as a classic counter-attacking performance and an Edinson Cavani secured a 3-1 victory over champions AC Milan. The Partenopei showed few signs of a European hangover after Wednesday’s Champions League tie, and it was Milan’s players rather than Napoli’s who looked sluggish and short of inspiration. Massmiliano [...]

Posted by Andrew Murray On Sep - 22 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

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