Whilst those in England had to make do with an underwhelming round of Carabao Cup action, Italian football fans were treated to a midweek instalment of Serie A.
Mauro Icardi and Inter continued their fine form on Tuesday night with a 3-2 victory over Sampdoria at the San Siro which saw them temporarily climb to the summit. Napoli saw to it that Inter’s reign at the top lasted less than 24 hours when they leapfrogged the Nerrazzuri having won 2-3 at Genoa. Lazio, Juventus and Roma also registered victories midweek and the battle for the Scudetto and the Champions League positions continues to heat up.
Looking ahead to match day 11 the standout fixture comes from Milan. Juventus travel to Italy’s second city in a bid to chase down league leaders Napoli and simultaneously inflict further pain on under fire Milan boss Vincenzo Montella. The former Fiorentina manager must feel as though the walls are closing in on him. Having spent a vast amount of money during the summer the minimum expectation was for Milan to secure a Champions League place. Given the way Napoli, Lazio, Roma, Inter and Juventus have started the campaign that is looking increasingly unlikely.
Juventus go into this one in a far richer vein of form, despite their recent defeat at the hands of Lazio they were able to bounce back instantly with convincing victories in Udine and then at home against SPAL. Hardly the kind of opponent Montella would have wanted to face given his precarious situation. Dybala, Higuain and co will be confident of leaving the San Siro with maximum points and you wouldn’t be surprised if this was to be Montella’s final game in charge.
With Carlo Ancelotti hovering in the background, unemployed and in search of pastures new could we see the Milan hierarchy turn to their former boss for inspiration? Some food for thought.
Elsewhere Napoli entertain Sassuolo, Lazio travel to relegation-threatened Benevento, Roma welcome Bologna to the Olimpico, Inter head to Verona and SPAL take on Genoa in an early season six-pointer.
Crotone vs Fiorentina, Sampdoria vs Chievo, Torino vs Cagliari and Udinese vs Atalanta.
Another action packed weekend of Serie A football coming your way!