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It may not happen at all now. City and Madrid now interested.
Ogbonna seems closer to Jube's move? Sad
The reason is that he didn't want to move away from the city of Turin. That is according to some source. Undecided
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Napoli is leading serie A with 6 points after two rounds (3-0, 4-2).

On the topscorer board, Hamsik leads with 4 goals after two matches, followed by Callejon who also scored in both matches. Scary. If Milan can't win the Scudetto (most likely not), I would rather that Napoli win it, as much as I hate them.
I watched their game against Chievo today and they looked good at times. However, they also looked terrible (defensively) at times too (many times). They will get better as the season goes I'm sure, but they are a very beatable team. Today their defense was atrocious and their CMs (Inler, Dzemaili) were unconvincing. Hamsik, Insigne and Higuain looked good though. Callejon was ok. Reina very very shaky.

I also watched Juve-Lazio and I must say that Juventus looked impressive. Their passing sequences at times were unplayable and could not be defended. However time and time again I don't know why teams give their midfield so much time and space. If you do that they will pick you apart. Lazio also put absolutely no pressure on their backline and let them just pass the ball out of the back easily without properly closing down the midfield space too. Their marking across the backline was absolutely terrible at times. Lorik Cana made some schoolboy mistakes, and not just him. Very weird to see shocking defending like this in Serie A. It does make for more exciting games though and more goals scored in matches.
(09-01-2013, 02:49 AM)nefremo Wrote: [ -> ]I watched their game against Chievo today and they looked good at times. However, they also looked terrible (defensively) at times too (many times). They will get better as the season goes I'm sure, but they are a very beatable team. Today their defense was atrocious and their CMs (Inler, Dzemaili) were unconvincing. Hamsik, Insigne and Higuain looked good though. Callejon was ok. Reina very very shaky.

I also watched Juve-Lazio and I must say that Juventus looked impressive. Their passing sequences at times were unplayable and could not be defended. However time and time again I don't know why teams give their midfield so much time and space. If you do that they will pick you apart. Lazio also put absolutely no pressure on their backline and let them just pass the ball out of the back easily without properly closing down the midfield space too. Their marking across the backline was absolutely terrible at times. Lorik Cana made some schoolboy mistakes, and not just him. Very weird to see shocking defending like this in Serie A. It does make for more exciting games though and more goals scored in matches.

The problem of Napoli, and everyone will see it once they will face some real team, is that their defenders aren't that good as singles (Raul Albiol never was that good for example), and like they're new in the team, they're not good as a unit too ... But their main problem is that Benitez wants them to keep the ball, hold the possession and build, but yet, their goals came from "old style" actions (fast passes with running players sprinting forward).

Lorik Cana is used as a CD ?
The guy always played as a DM (a good DM) during his career, and he's been used sometimes as a CD ... In Lazio, and only Lazio. No wonder why he's not very good.

About your last sentence, I think the championship was a lot more interesting when there were strong defenders, and nowadays, with the way the teams tend to play (attack minded), that would have been even more interesting to have good defenders in Serie A ... Looking how the things go, in a few years, Serie A will become a kind of new Liga ...
5 teams involved in the European games :
- 4 wins (Milan, Napoli, Lazio and Fiorentina)
- 1 draw (Juventus)

The most positive days for the Italian clubs in years ... And I think we could see other days like that, especially with both Lazio and Fio being stronger each year.

The other countries* :
- England (4 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss)
- Spain (4 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses)
- Germany (3 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses)
- Portugal (3 wins, 2 losses)
- France (1 win, 1 draw, 2 losses)

* I maybe missed one result for England or for other countries
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