Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Udinese almost

The Friulani played against Rennes in France at Europa League group game and grabbed one point.

Udinese played much better than Rennes and deserved to win but without Di Natale they have failed to score. Floro Flores and Fabbrini are simply not enough. Especially Floro Flores having a bad season with Udinese. If Udinese had a proper forward who can be partner of Di Natale probably they would have much better record.

Anyway , Udinese will qualify if they don't lose their last game against Celtic in Stadio Friuli.

Fantastic come back or throwing away a victory ?

Did Napoli throw away two goals lead twice or did Juve fight back , or tiredness affected Napoli?

Probably all three.

Napoli hosted rivals Juventus. Napoli were without their best forward and top goalscorer Cavani and Juventus were without Marchisio who is having a great season.

Napoli had a fast start. Earned a penalty kick but Hamsik failed to score it.

Hamsik scored the opener. Napoli were better side on the first half and Juventus were really playing bad. Even Matri mentioned that Juventus played bad and they will never repeat that first half performance again.

Pandev scored the 2nd for Napoli and Napoli went to locker room with a big advantage.

At the 2nd half Matri found an early goal and gave hopes to Juventus. We have watched a different Juventus at the 2nd half.

Pandev netted his 2nd and Napoli 3rd goal and Mazzarri thought game is over. He made subtitions (wasn't wise choises!) and Napoli players showed signs of tiredness.

And Juventus found two late goals.

Napoli were so close to break The Old Lady's unbeaten record.

That's certain UEFA Champions League affecting Napoli. They haven't got used to play every three days before this season like Inter or Milan.

Mazzarri wasted a good chance , he had to keep Aronica and Pandev in the game till the final minute.

Pandev had been disappointing this season but he had showed excellent performance against Juventus.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cavani is out against Juventus

Napoli's top goalscorer Edinson Cavani couldn't pass fitness test and will not play against Juventus on the big game.

Pandev is likely to replace him.

Unbeaten leaders travel to San Paolo

Unbeaten leaders Juventus will visit Naples tomorrow for a big game. Juventus coming from four consecutive Serie A victories.

Juventus have won their last game against Lazio in Olimpico.

Juventus will miss midfielder Marchisio. Pazienza likely to replace him.

Juventus squad:1 Buffon, 3 Chiellini, 5 Pazienza, 7 Pepe, 9 Iaquinta, 10 Del Piero, 11 De Ceglie, 13 Manninger, 14 Vucinic, 15 Barzagli, 17 Elia, 18 Quagliarella, 19 Bonucci, 21 Pirlo, 22 Vidal, 24 Giaccherini, 26 Lichtsteiner, 27 Krasic, 28 Estigarribia, 30 Storari, 32 Matri, 33 Sorensen, 34 Marrone.

Napoli are having a bad run at Serie A , reason is Champions League. Mazzarri complaining about to playing such important games in short time.

But Napoli showed different performance at the big games , examples ;

Inter 0 - 3 Napoli

Napoli 3 - 0 AC Milan

El Matador Cavani and midfielder Inler are doubtful. Both players will have a late fitness test.

Napoli are 9 points behind the Old Lady and 8th on the table.

Mazzarri made some rotations against Atalanta and gave rest to some key players. Mazzarri will field best possible eleven against Juventus.

Napoli Squad:1 De Sanctis, 83 Rosati, 6 Aronica, 14 Campagnaro, 28 Cannavaro, 21 Fernandez, 3 Fideleff, 8 Dossena, 20 Dzemaili, 23 Gargano, 17 Hamsik, 88 Inler, 11 Maggio, 18 Zuniga, 7 Cavani, 22 Lavezzi, 9 Mascara, 29 Pandev, 19 Santana.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Osvaldo punched Lamela!

Osvaldo punched his teammate Lamela in the locker room after Udinese game.

Osvaldo will be fined €50.000 and will be suspended 10 days by Roma. He'll be missing Fiorentina game.

Also Osvaldo won't be called up Italy's next international game.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Official Line-ups of Milan - Chievo

Milan: Amelia, Abate, Thiago Silva, Yepes, Antonini;Aquilani, Van Bommel, Nocerino; Boateng; Ibrahimovic, Pato

Chievo: Sorrentino; Frey, Cesar, Mandelli, Jokic; Luciano, Rigoni, Bradley; Sammarco;Pellissier, Thereau

Antonini will start instead Zambrotta who made mistakes on Barcelona game. Yepes will replace Nesta.

Pato starting in first 11 , Robinho going to sit on the bench.

Special game for Zlatan Ibrahimovic who are seeking for his 100th Serie A game. Also Chievo's hit-man Pelissier in same situation , Pelissier will be searching for his 100th Serie A goal.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Abbiati is out against Chievo

Milan's goalkeeper Christian Abbiati picked up an injury at the training before the Chievo game.

Marco Amelia will replace him.

Friday, November 25, 2011

%100 Home record

After Parma defeat , Guidolin started with a ''shy'' formation against Luis Enrique's Roma. Udinese usually plays 3-5-2 when they play at home but this time formation was something like 5-4-1. Floro Flores and Torje dropped to bench and Abdi started instead.

Actually reason of Parma defeat was simple. Udinese have very important players who are South American and came back to the team after International duties tired. Isla , Armero are examples. They are key players for Friuli, they were tired and Udinese didn't play bad against Parma , at least deserved a draw.

Roma were coming after two consecutive victories to face with Udinese after gained confidence. Roma started to play better , against Lecce they were superior.

Guidolin always had a bad record against Roma and winning all home games brought extra pressure to Guidolin and his Udinese.

At the first half Udinese played better , with more ball control. But there's nothing much to do with only Di Natale up-front and behind defencive players , though Udinese had some chances.

At the second half Roma played better and started to play more offencive. That's what suits to Udinese's game plan, so far Udinese are the best counter attack team of Serie A.

Udinese broke the 0-0 result with Pinzi's long ball pass to Udinese , Di Natale controlled the ball excellent and scored Udinese's first goal.

Roma tried to fight back but Udinese stroke them 2nd time with Armero and Isla's great counter attack play.

Udinese are leaders again after winning against Roma. Guidolin broke his bad record against Roma with winning this game and his team kept %100 winning record at home with 6th consecutive victories at home.

Also it was a nice game for betting. Italianpreviews had Udinese -0.25 AH with @2.07 odds and bet won.

Bad news for Inter

33 years old Brazilian defender Lucio will be out of action about three weeks due muscle injury.

Milan lose Nesta

Alessandro Nesta have picked up an muscle injury in Barcelona game and will be out about a month.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Totti is out against Udinese

Francesco Totti picked up a left ankle problem in training on wednesday and he will miss Udinese game.

Also Borriello , Pizarro , Rosi , Borini and Burdisso are still injured and won't be available against Udinese.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cavani's night!

Probably it was the most important game for Napoli and Manchester City in ''Group of Death'' for 2nd spot on the qualification.

Mancini chose Balotelli in first 11 and Aguero sat on the bench till 81th minute.

Napoli highly underestimated before the game against ''superior'' Manchester City. Even Manchester City were favourites in San Paolo according to bookies.

Napoli have repeated their sensational Champions League performance and deservedly won.

Now everything is in Napoli's hands. Napoli will play their last game against Villareal (which team have only zero points) in the group and Manchester City will play against leaders Bayern Munich in England.

If Manchester City fails to win against Bayern Munich , Napoli will qualify from the group.

Mazzarri's team deserves praises with their awesome performances. Napoli would have scored more goals , The Partenopei had three %100 goal chances after 70' minute with Hamsik , Lavezzi and Maggio but failed to score.

Manchester City found several nice chances but Mario Balotelli failed to score.

Cavani was the Man of the Match with his outstanding performance and following two goals.

Historical game for Napoli

We can name it as ''Game of the year'' for Napoli. Napoli will host Manchester City at San Paolo and will have above 60.000 fans support behind them.

Napoli currently 3rd in their group. Leader Bayern Munich have 10 points at the top of the table and Manchester City 2nd with 7 points.

After Manchester City game Napoli will play against Villareal in Spain and Manchester City will host German giants Bayern Munich.

In case a draw Napoli might risk qualification chances. Mazzarri's boys will give their bests at the ''Game of the season''.

First game between two played in England and Napoli played very intelligent and unluckily grabbed only one point.

Manchester City are flying high in English Premier league still unbeaten and leaders.

Napoli (probable) : De Sanctis , Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica , Maggio, Gargano, Inler, Dossena , Hamsik, Lavezzi , Cavani

Manchester City (probable) : Joe Hart , Zabaleta (Richards) , Lescott , Kompany , Kolarov , Barry , Yaya Toure , Silva - Nasri - Aguero - Dzeko

Inter are in Turkey to secure qualification

Inter are currently top of their group with 9 points. A draw might be enough to assure qualification if CSKA Moscow fails to win against Lille.

At the first game of group Trabzonspor have won against Inter in Italy with a suprising result.

Inter went to Turkey without Sneijder , who got injured. Maicon and Muntari are still out.

Nagatomo and Lucio are back from injuries and ready to play against Trabzonspor.

Inter squad : 1 Julio Cesar, 12 Luca Castellazzi, 21 Paolo Orlandoni.
6 Lucio, 16 Luca Caldirola, 23 Andrea Ranocchia, 25 Walter Samuel, 26 Cristian Chivu, 37 Davide Faraoni, 42 Jonathan, 55 Yuto Nagatomo.
4 Javier Zanetti, 5 Dejan Stankovic, 8 Thiago Motta, 11 Ricardo Alvarez, 19 Esteban Cambiasso, 20 Joel Obi, 29 Coutinho, 48 Lorenzo Crisetig.
7 Giampaolo Pazzini, 22 Diego Milito, 28 Mauro Zarate.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Jovetic injury blow for Fiorentina

Fiorentina's Montenegrin star picked up a muscle injury on international duty and he will miss Milan game.

Milan game will be new coach Delio Rossi's debut on the Fiorentina bench. Delio Rossi well known as a coach who gave troubles to Milan in the past (with Palermo).

Also Fiorentina will miss midfielder Vargas , defenders Natali due suspension and injured Cassani.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Klose likely to miss Napoli game

Lazio's star forward Klose picked up a knee injury on international duty with Germany against Holland.

His injury isn't serious but German star is feeling pain and likely to miss Napoli match.

Also another issues for Edy Reja that defender Andre Dias will miss Napoli game due injury , another defender Biava is doubtful and Tommaso Rocchi missed training due flu.

Burdisso out for 6 months

Roma defender Burdisso picked up a knee injury at Argentina's game against Colombia. Argentinean defender expecting to be out end of the season.

Roma already started to search defenders to replace him , Roma might use Borriello in exchange for a defender. Milan's Yepes and Sampdoria's Gastadello are in Roma's transfer list at the moment.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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Unbeaten run ends

Italy's 5 years unbeaten home run ended with Uruguay game.

Italy welcomed Copa America winners Uruguay at Olimpico in Rome and have lost with 0-1 score.

Italy had more ball and goal positions but Italian forwards lacked finishing.

After losing Cassano and Rossi , Prandelli have repeated with Balotelli in attack and partnered with Osvaldo (Roma).

Balotelli didn't have a good performance. Osvaldo showed that he's not enough for Italian NT.

Buffon marked his 112th cap and caught Dino Zoff's record.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Maxi Lopez to Milan ?

Milan were searching a forward to replace Antonio Cassano who had suffered minor heart problems and will be out about 6 months.

Maxi Lopez is likely to join Milan in January. Catania have confirmed that this transfer would suit for both sides while Lopez isn't in coach Montella's plans.

Maxi Lopez is looking to his Milan move very positive.

Also Carlo Ancelotti have adviced to Milan to sign Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Prandelli named Italy's starting eleven

Italy will face Poland at a friendly game on friday. Cesare Prandelli has named the starting eleven.

Italy : Buffon; Abate, Ranocchia, Chiellini, Criscito; Pirlo, De Rossi, Marchisio; Montolivo; Balotelli, Pazzini

Italy will be without Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi. Also Barzagli has a muscle problem and won't be risked.

Abate will make his debut. Matri and Osvaldo can get chances at 2nd half , well midfielders Nocerino , Aquilani and Motta too.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hernandez is out for a month

Palermo's striker Abel Hernandez has struggled left thigh injury. The Uruguayan International expecting to be out about one or one and half months.

Official : Cagliari sacked Ficcadenti

Cagliari have officially sacked Massimo Ficcadenti due bad results. Cagliari had a good start to Serie A but on the last rounds Ficcadenti's team struggled against the opponents. Especially Cagliari were having scoring problems.

Cagliari have signed with new coach Davide Ballardini who was coaching Genoa last season and not a stranger for Cagliari who had worked for Cagliari at 2005 and at 2007-2008's seasons.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Official : Mihajlovic Sacked

After bad results and fans pressure Mihajlovic sacked from Fiorentina job. It was expecting since beginning of the season but Fiorentina gave too much credit the Serbian coach.The last weekend's Chievo game decided about the Serbian coach's future.

Fiorentina will continue with Delio Rossi and according to latest news The Viola is so close to deal with former Palermo coach. Delio Rossi will be 14th coach of Fiorentina in last 10 years.

Delio Rossi had a successful period with Palermo last season but he had problems with Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini and lost his Palermo job.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Official : Napoli - Juventus Postponed!

Today's big game between Napoli and Juventus has officially been postponed due to floods.

The city under the heavy rain and it might be very dangerous to allow a lot of fans to travel to San Paolo stadium.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Genoa - Inter game postponed

Genoa - Inter game has been postponed due to floods.

Game was expecting to play on Sunday. According to reports Luigi Ferraris is in the area worst hit by the floods.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Cassano is recovering

Antonio Cassano's heart surgery went successful and well according to his doctor. His operation lasted 30 minutes and he's expecting to be at home by Monday and will be resting at home.

Cassano will recover in 6 months.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Europa League , Udinese and Lazio

Guidolin's Udinese are leader in the group with 7 points. Francesco Guidolin left Di Natale and Pinzi in Udine and both did not travel to Madrid.

List of players : Handanovic, Padelli, Romo,Armero, Basta, Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi, Ekstrand, Neuton, Pereyra,Abdi, Asamoah, Badu, Battocchio, Doubai, Isla,Fabbrini, Floro Flores, Dimitrio.

Reja's Lazio are in must win situation.

Lazio have two points following leader Sporting behind 9 points.

Some key players ; Hernanes,Konko, Brocchi and Klose likely to sit on the bench.

List of players : Bizzarri, Marchetti; Crescenzi, Diakitè, Dias, Konko, Lulic, Radu, Zauri;Brocchi, Cana, Ceccarelli, Hernanes, Ledesma; Cisse, Kozak, Klose, Rocchi,Sculli.

Benatia to PSG ?

Udinese's Moroccan defender Mehdi Benatia has confirmed that he will leave end of the season Udinese.

Benatia linked with Manchester City , Inter and PSG. But he has mentioned that he is likely to be part of ''new PSG'' project.

Cassano will have heart operation!

AC Milan have confirmed that Antonio Cassano will undergo surgery in a few days. Antonio Cassano has experienced ischemic cerebral damage and he's expecting to be out next 6 months.

According to doctors Cassano has a small hole in his heart and it will be closed with a minor operation.

He's likely to miss EURO 2012.

That's sad while Cassano was at his best and showing great performance. Hopefully he will recover fast and will back to fields as soon as possible.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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Inter squad for Lille game

Claudio Ranieri has picked 20 men squad against Lille.

List of players ;12 Luca Castellazzi, 21 Paolo Orlandoni, 72 Riccardo Melgrati,6 Lucio, 23 Andrea Ranocchia, 25 Walter Samuel, 26 Cristian Chivu, 37 Davide Faraoni, 42 Jonathan , 4 Javier Zanetti, 5 Dejan Stankovic, 8 Thiago Motta, 10 Wesley Sneijder, 11 Ricky Alvarez, 19 Esteban Cambiasso, 20 Joel Obi, 48 Lorenzo Crisetig, 7 Giampaolo Pazzini, 22 Diego Milito, 28 Mauro Zarate.

Maicon and Goalkeeper Cesar are out due injuries.

Ranocchia, Samuel and Thiago Motta have fitness problems.

Milan Squad for BATE game

Allegri has picked 20 players for BATE game. AC Milan are currently leader of the group in front of Barcelona and wants to keep 1st stage.

Milan : Abbiati, Amelia, Roma; Abate, Bonera, De Sciglio, Nesta, Taiwo, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta, Yepes; Ambrosini, Aquilani, Boateng, Emanuelson, Nocerino, Seedorf; Ibrahimovic, Robinho, Ganz.

Injured players ; Gattuso , Flamini , Pato , Van Bommel , Mexes and Cassano (illness) are out.

Inzaghi is ineligible.

Seedorf and Boateng both have minor injuries , Allegri will decide about both after the late fitness test.

Cassano is getting better

Good news came from Cassano after Milan's star got an unknown illness. After Roma game.During the flight Cassano has started to feel unwell and had speech problems. He was barely moving.

Everything happened suddenly and all Milan fans , players and board worried about Cassano's health.

Adriano Galliani visited Cassano and according to his press conference Cassano was in good mood.

Cassano is still in hospital and his illness still unknown and Milan clinic making tests to discover it.