Five Things To Note From Serie A This Weekend

by Niccolo Conte on October 31, 2010 · 3 comments

Serie A is becom­ing more and more inter­est­ing, and with Lazio con­tin­u­ing their win­ning streak, could we see a sur­prise win­ner for the scud­etto? Lazio are cur­rently first in the table with a four point lead on sec­ond placed Inter Milan. While we’re just nine games into the sea­son, maybe Lazio can man­age sec­ond place? We’ll just have to see if their good form con­tin­ues, or whether they’ll die down into the midtable.

1. Mutu returns for Fiorentina

After a nine-month dop­ing ban, there was doubt whether Mutu would even con­tinue his football-playing career. But the Roman­ian returned in great form for Fiorentina, play­ing a full 90 min­utes away against Cata­nia. Although the match ended 0–0, there were some sparks of action, like when Mas­cara hit the wood­work from a free kick, and when Mutu had a great header par­ried by Cata­nia keeper Andu­jar. Yet Mutu’s return couldn’t mask the way that Mihajlovic’s side played, and Fiorentina weren’t play­ing well enough to earn three points. Mutu had a great shot saved by Andu­jar again, stop­ping him from a dream return. But Mutu’s return is cer­tainly a pos­i­tive thing for Fiorentina fans, espe­cially with the lack of Jovetic’s cre­ativ­ity, they now have some­one expe­ri­enced who can score impor­tant goals.

2. Bari sink to 20th with lat­est defeat

Last sea­son Bari were a fan­tas­tic team which went out to win matches against the top teams of the Serie A, but it’s a dif­fer­ent story this year. While Bari fin­ished in 10th place last sea­son, a won­der­ful fin­ish for a newly-promoted side, this sea­son they find them­selves bot­tom of the table. Their lat­est defeat was to Udi­nese, and both goals were fan­tas­tic. The first was a wonder-strike into the top-left-hand cor­ner from Alexis Sanchez, and the sec­ond was a pow­er­ful fin­ish by Isla into the cross­bar and into the back of Gillet’s net. So what has hap­pened to Giampiero Ventura’s side? And do you think that Ven­tura could be sacked, and replaced by who? Remem­ber to com­ment below regard­ing Bari’s sit­u­a­tion at the bot­tom of the table.

3. The rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle will be tight

Look­ing at the table, some­thing struck me regard­ing who might go down to the Serie B, this season’s rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle will be very inter­est­ing. What makes me say that is the fact that there are 10 teams within three points of the bot­tom of the table. That mean that if your team has a bad match, and a cou­ple of other sides have a good match, then you could find your­self in the rel­e­ga­tion zone. Right now there’s Cesena, Bologna, and Bari in the bot­tom three of the table, but I expect those three teams to sur­vive this sea­son. So who will go down? Well I think that this sea­son Lecce, Bres­cia, and Parma will go down, but that’s just my opin­ion. So please share your opin­ion on who you think will be play­ing in the Serie B next sea­son by com­ment­ing below!

4. and 5. Cas­sano will remain at Sam­p­do­ria who grab a win with­out him

I’ve decided to unify my fourth and fifth things to note about Serie A, mainly because they both include Sam­p­do­ria and Cas­sano. A cou­ple of days ago Cas­sano decided not to attend an awards cer­e­mony that the Sam­p­do­ria pres­i­dent Ric­cardo Gar­rone had asked the player to attend. After this event, there was a heated exchange between the player and pres­i­dent which opened up a can of rumors regard­ing a pos­si­ble move for Cas­sano to Juven­tus, Inter Milan, and maybe even Chelsea. But now the storm has died down, Cas­sano said sorry to the pres­i­dent with this statement,

I’m sorry for what hap­pened, and I’ve already said sorry to Mr. Gar­rone, which respect and like very much, in the pres­ence of my team­mates. To my team­mates I wish them good luck for the game against Cesena. I read that the sit­u­a­tion would be con­nected with spec­u­la­tions about the mar­ket, but I reaf­firm that, always that there’s the pos­si­bil­ity, it’s my solid inten­tion to remain with Sampdoria.

So it seems like every­body is happy even if Cas­sano didn’t play in Sampdoria’s 1–0 win away against Cesena. And Sam­p­do­ria suf­fered with­out Anto­nio, Wal­ter Mazzarri’s side could only find a win­ner in the 93rd minute of the match, with Giampaolo Pazz­ini tap­ping in Marilungo’s low ball across the box.

While I wanted Cas­sano to move away from Sam­p­do­ria, to a big­ger club where he would be sur­rounded by world class play­ers, it isn’t all that bad that he has remained in Genoa. Hope­fully he’ll con­tinue to play for Sam­p­do­ria, and play well enough to get into the Ital­ian national team. With Balotelli’s return from injury, I can’t wait to see the two pair up under the guid­ance of Pran­delli as Italy tries to qual­ify for the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships of 2012.

What are your thoughts regard­ing this weekend’s Serie A action? Share your com­ments below!

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1 David H November 1, 2010 at 12:55 am

Samp’s president is an idiot of the highest order. Surely someone talked some sense into him. Who gives a flip about a stupid awards ceremony? The man is there to play football.

Another item of note is Roma winning their 2nd in a row. Remains to be seen if this is the end of their horrible start to the season, but we need Samp & Roma & a couple other teams to battle it out with Inter, Milan & Juventus.


2 Robert November 1, 2010 at 8:18 am

Ventura, for all the good he did last season, will have to go if Bari doesn’t show improvement. The rumor last season was that he was an inexpensive hire right after the Conte blow-up, so not much was expected of him anyway.

Here’s the question - Bari’s next two are at home vs. Milan and at Chievo. After that, they play a series of matches versus teams in the lower half of the table. Does Ventura survive the next two weeks before the easier schedule if Bari loses? I’d say no.


3 Niccolo Conte November 2, 2010 at 11:06 am

Agree with you David, Garrone seems like a terrible guy. But I heard transcripts of the conversation between the two, and while Garrone was humbly asking Cassano, the player was using volumes of colorful language to indicate that he wasn’t interested in going. If I were a professional footballer, I’d make time for a little awards ceremony in order to make my president happy…

Regarding Roma, I think that this upcoming Rome derby will be extremely interesting. But before that happens, Roma will need to take on FC Basel in the Champions League. That match could change the mood of the derby depending how it goes.

Read more about the Champions League here:

And Robert, I think that maybe if Ventura’s side can manage a point in those two fixtures, and then go on a little run of wins, things could look very different for Bari. But it’s also very possible that he gets sacked before much of this can happen.

As for Bari, lets say they lose to AC Milan, and get a draw with Chievo.


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