Juventus, Napoli and surprisingly SPAL are the early frontrunners after Week two with Lazio and AC Milan at the bottom of the table. Only one match ended goalless as we saw great comebacks in Naples and Rome.
Here are our observations for Week 2.
* Juventus 2 – 0 Lazio
Pjanic 30 (J), Mandzukic 75 (J)
Work-in-progress Juventus made it two wins out of two against a Lazio side that was let down by its backline once again as they were assaulted regularly by the trio of Bernadeschi, Mandzukic and Ronaldo. Though the Biancocelesti successfully held on to star men Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, it’s gonna be hard to replicate last season’s fifth place finish.
Ronaldo is yet to open his goals account in Italy as he was shut out by Strakosha. Seems no keeper wants to be Ronaldo’s first Serie A victim yet.
* Napoli 3 – 2 Milan
Bonaventura 15 (M), Calabria 49 (M), Zielinski 53, 67 (N), Mertens 80 (N)
Gennaro Gattuso was two goals up in the second half against his ex-coach Carlo Ancelotti in the Rossoneri’s first match this season…until he was outfoxed by the Partenopei gaffer who tweaked his formation and the final outcome showed that Gattuso still has some learning to do.
Milan’s backline fell like a pack of cards and their fans would be concerned as the new reinforcements didn’t turn up, especially substitute Tiemoue Bakayoko on his debut.
* Roma 3 – 3 Atalanta
Pastore 2 (R), Castagne 19 (A), Rigoni 22, 38 (A), Florenzi 60 (R), Manolas 82 (R)
This time, the other Roma players came to the party as Edin Dzeko’s name was surprisingly absent from the goals sheet in a match where the Orobici had led 3-1 for almost an hour but couldn’t hold on to their lead. Javier Pastore, on his home debut scored an early contender for the goal of the season.
Now Roma don’t look like a one-man team…for now.
* Inter 2 – 2 Torino
Perisic 6 (I), De Vrij 32 (I), Belotti 55 (T), Meite 68 (T)
…and after two matches, it seems like the Nerazurri are still in pre-season mode with one point out of a possible six. Inter Milan blew a two-goal lead in the second half as errors from goalkeeper Handanovic and his defenders gave Torino a share of the spoils.
After their astute summer transfer reinforcements, Luciano Spalletti’s side are now under pressure to get it right.
By Ekwonye Osy Ernesto