After last Sunday’s defeats, Naples and Lazio are looking for immediate redemption at Maradona today – But Sunday promises sparks also in Rome-Turin and Milan-Sassuolo
Answer Sunday. Of Milan and Naples afirst of all, forced to win to respond to Inter menacingly back to minus 1 after the 2-0 in Venice, but also Rome and Lazioor, called to give continuity to their respective championships, after the victory of Atalanta on the field of Juve, which raises the Champions quota.
In short, it will be a day full of commitments, starting at 3 pm when the Rossoneri host Sassuolo at San Siro, continuing at 6 pm with the Giallorossi against Turin, and then ending in the evening with the big match of Maradona between the Azzurri of Spalletti and the Biancocelesti. of Sarri (8.45 pm).
Everyone’s eyes, inevitably, are on the top of the class, in a turn that, at least on paper, would seem to be in favor of Milan, reduce from the Madrid company and from the contract renewal of Stefano Pioli. “The club and I have the same objectives, the same ambitions, we want to bring Milan back to where they deserve, to be competitive to win the Scudetto and to the top in Europe – explained the coach -. But now we have to think only of Sassuolo, the small and medium-sized teams are satisfied after a great match, face the next match superficially, while the big teams take advantage of the positive moment to go even faster ”.
The success of the Wanda Metropolitano canceled the post-Florence issues, but the Rossoneri have an obligation not to rest on their laurels, especially with Inter minus 1. Compared to Wednesday Pioli will be able to count on Maignan, again skilled and enlisted a month ahead of the initial table, and on Leao, while Tomori is not yet ready and Giroud will have it for at least two weeks. The emergency has thus moved from defense to attack, since in addition to the French Rebic is also missing, so we will talk about it only after Christmas.
Today’s 4-2-3-1 will thus see Maignan in goal, Florenzi, Kjaer, Romagnoli and Hernandez in defense, Bennacer and Bakayoko in midfield, Saelemaekers, Diaz and Leao on the frontline, Ibrahimovic in attack. The same game system also for Dionisi, who will answer with Consiglio between the posts, Toljan, Ayhan, Ferrari and Rogerio in the back section, Frattesi and Lopez in the median, Berardi, Raspadori and Traoré behind the only striker Scamacca.
The Sunday cartel challenge is though Naples-Lazio and not only for the always suggestive return of Sarri to the Maradona. The last week, in fact, was very heavy for Spalletti, who in addition to having lost two games with Inter and Spartak Moscow had to collect the injuries of Osimhen and Anguissa, according to all the key men on the team. The blow, taken very strongly and psychologically strong, which is why Napoli is called to answer, in order to still be able to fight for the title.
“The squad is of a certain level, already in the first matches he was out of Mertens for the operation, in midfield there were few players for three games and we did what we wanted – Spalletti retorted -. It is clear that these answers will be given an imprint on the path we want to take, however, we must not have anything, get nervous or have things to overturn, we must work every day in a serious way, this is the solution “.
Even at Lazio, despite the victory (with a lot of qualification) over Lokomotiv, they were difficult days, at least according to Sarri, who has again on the “palace” for the calendar. In fact, Napoli had an extra day of rest, but this was inevitable: both were playing in Moscow and the Uefa regulation includes the concomitance of matches in the same city. Furthermore, it was not possible to mobilize today’s match for tomorrow, since Tuesday starts with the midweek shift, and this is how the mystery is explained. The Biancoceleste coach will therefore have to do a necessity-virtue, trying to find the right energies to try to break the Maradona.
In terms of men, after all, he is better off than Spalletti, given that Immobile, unlike Osimhen, will be regularly on the pitch. The blue technician though recovers Insigne and Fabian Ruiz, which will allow him to deploy a 4-3-3 still competitive with Ospina in goal, Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Koulibaly and Mario Rui in defense, Fabian Ruiz, Lobotka and Zielinski in midfield, Lozano, Mertens and Insigne in attack.
The same game system also for Sarri, who will respond with Reina in goal, Lazzari, Luiz Felipe, Acerbi and Hysaj in the back department, Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi and Luis Alberto in the median, Felipe Anderson, Immobile and Pedro in the offensive trident.
In addition to the aforementioned AC Milan and Inter Milan, it could be that to take advantage of the challenge Mourinho’s Rome, who will receive Juric’s Torino at the Olimpico. Very interesting race also because the grenades are in great growth and have no sparring partner. The Giallorossi therefore can last a much more difficult task than the regained victory and serenity with Genoa and Zorya, but to deal with it in some way, under penalty of falling back into the vortex of controversy. “It will be a difficult game, Toro is a team that defends very well with their own style – in the words of Mourinho -. We will need to a game of great offensive quality to be able to score goals “. The Special One has embarked on the path of 3-4-3, which in the last week has allowed him to score 6 goals and not suffer any.
Even today, therefore, despite the emergency in midfield (absent Cristante, Villar and the suspended Veretout) will be this tactical suit of his Roma, who will take the field with Rui Patricio in goal, Mancini, Smalling and Ibanez in defense, Karsdorp, Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan and El Shaarawy in midfield, Carles Perez, Abraham and Zaniolo in attack. Juric will respond with a very similar game system, namely a 3-4-2-1 with Milinkovic-Savic in goal, Djidji, Bremer and Buongiorno in the back department, Aina, Lukic, Pobega and Vojvoda in the middle, Linetty and Brekalo at the shoulders of the only Belotti striker.