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Race for the Scudetto: Roma deliver Jose crucial result; Sottil's Udinese unstoppable; Anguissa stuns Fulham fans

The majority big clubs in Serie A won their matches: only Inter Milan lost (not a surprise, since it was against Roma). Three points for Milan, Juventus, Lazio, Atalanta and Napoli. Davide Nicola's job is at risk and Marco Giampaolo has been sacked by Sampdoria. Here's what happened in Italy this past week:


The first major victory of the year for José Mourinho's team. The Giallorossi have finally won a direct clash, a big match valid for the higher positions in the standings: on Saturday against Inter Milan arrived both the three points and a solid performance, thanks to the goals scored by Paulo Dybala and Chris Smalling.

The Nerazzurri had taken the lead thanks to a goal scored by Frederico Dimarco, but after half an hour of play the Giallorossi number 21 found the goal with a splendid shot. During the second half came the decisive header of the former Manchester United defender, the actual backbone of Roma. Three important points for the standings and for the morale of the team, more and more convinced of its means and qualities.

The ranking is not yet the one dreamed and desired by the Roma fans, who in their hearts hope to see the Special One and the Giallorossi team fighting for the Scudetto this season, but game after game the team imagined by Jose Mourinho is taking shape and on the field you can see the results.

Waiting for the best versions of Nicolo Zaniolo and Tammy Abraham (still far from their best level) Dybala is increasingly decisive, both for the great goal scored and for the very high level play made available to the rest of the team during the match. In these first league games, Joya has scored 5 goals and made 2 assists: the real man of the moment for Mourinho.


Udinese never stops. Against Verona it seemed that the incredible charge of the Bianconeri coached by Andrea Sottil could be stopped, but towards the end of the match the goal of the now usual and unstoppable Beto arrived and then that of the winner, scored by Jaka Bijol. Now Udinese is almost at the top of the standings, only one point behind Napoli and Atalanta and is in their sixth (yes, incredible) consecutive victory. Really something unexpected, but the all the credit should be given to Sottil, a coach who is amazing everyone and is developing into a real top manager, raising the level of the team.

Next week the Bianconeri will face Atalanta, playing at home: a victory would be sensational and would definitively change the seasonal prospects of Gerard Deulofeu and his teammates. At that point a place in the top four wouldn't surprise everyone. Few teams have been able to keep this pace in the first few fixtures of the championship, especially if coached by an emerging manager. Udinese is a story to be observed very closely, match after match.


Those who have known him since the days of Fulham and the Premier League cannot believe their eyes. The Cameroonian midfielder is undoubtedly confirming himself as one of the best players in the league and in the last weekend of Serie A, in the match of Luciano Spalletti's team against Torino, he even scored two goals.

A lot of quantity and substance in the middle of the field, but also goals and quality: Andre-Franck Anguissa has become a total player and part of the credit must also go to Spalletti, who is making him a top player and a top midfielder. Right now he is an irreplaceable player for Napoli and all Napoli's opponents are warned, they know they have to deal with him, someone who manages to cover every inch of the field.

If he now adds goals to the great work without the ball, even two as did last weekend, then he really begins to become the number one danger for all the opposing teams.


After Giovanni Stroppa's sacking (with the Monza bench entrusted to Rafaelle Palladino, already two consecutive victories), the second dismissal of the Italian championship also arrived: Marco Giampaolo, after the home defeat against Monza, has been sacked by the management of Sampdoria. In his place, the management is evaluating various names, more experienced coaches and even emerging names, but the interesting fact is that now in Italy there is less and less time to work and to show the results of one's work.

Another bench at risk is that of Davide Nicola, incredibly questioned by the Salernitana management after the terrible defeat against Sassuolo. Obviously, 5-0 is always an unacceptable result, but last year Nicola proved his worth and now questioning him so quickly seems almost inexplicable, especially after making the transfer market according to his suggestions. Perhaps it would take a little more calm in evaluating the work of the coaches, the first to put their name at risk, often also called to solve the problems created by the mistakes of their management.

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