Ciarán Murphy is here to round-up all the Serie A action from week 13, including Andrea Pirlo’s winner in the Turin derby, Inter’s loss at the hands of Roma as well as all the other big results from this week’s fixtures.
1. Inter fall at the Stadio Olimpico
On Sunday night Roma played host to Roberto Mancini’s improving Inter side. Inter were without Hernanes, Yuto Nagatomo, Jonathan and Nemanja Vidic, leaving their tactical options slightly limited.
Roma went ahead twice but Inter fought back only for Roma to seal the three points through a brace from Miralem Pjanic. Gervinho grabbed his first goal in Serie A since the opening weekend and full-back Jose Holebas scored the goal of the night.
He picked up the ball just inside the Inter half and left two defenders in his wake before firing a rocket into the roof of the net. Inter looked like a team in transition while Roma continue to look like serious title contenders.
2. Pirlo wins the Turin derby in style
Andrea Pirlo served up another moment to savour in the Derby della Mole on Sunday. In what was a highly entertaining game with a goal of real quality from Torino full-back Bruno Peres. He picked the ball up at the edge of his own penalty area and drove right at the Juve defence.
He passed Patrice Evra as if he wasn’t there with frightening acceleration before rifling a shot past Storari. This was Torino’s first goal in the Turin derby for 12 years and they must have taught they had stopped their run of ten consecutive losses before Pirlo’s moment of magic.
Juve have now won their last 25 Serie A games in the Juventus Stadium and it is hard to look anywhere else for the Scuddetto at the moment.
3. Milan get back to winning ways
The pressure was on Milan to record their first win in over a month against Udinese at the San Siro. In the pouring rain they were able to get the three points they badly needed.
In their last five games Milan have recorded four draws and a defeat, which led to a shake-up in the starting line up from Filippo Inzaghi. Fernando Torres was dropped in favour of Jeremy Menez and with injuries building up in the midfield, Marco Van Ginkel was handed a start.
Udinese are now without a win in their last five matches and have slipped to 9th in the table. It was a positive result for Milan in the end as Menez is now coming into a good run of form and Riccardo Montolivo also made his long awaited return.
4. Fiorentina claim an important away win
At the Stadio Sant’Elia on Sunday Fiorentina soaked up all the pressure and made Cagliari pay for being wasteful in possession. Cagliari are still the only team in Serie A this season without a home win and the Viola made sure that continued.
In a game where Fiorentina were clinical in front of goal, their front man Mario Gomez eventually ended his eight-month goal drought. Cagliari were unlucky to be a goal down at half time after a sweet strike from Mati Fernandez but they came out all-attack in the second half and were stung by a second from Fernandez on 55 minutes.
They struggled to re-assert themselves on the game even though they missed their fair share of chances. The win was wrapped up through goals from Gomez and Cuadrado. This was an impressive win for Fiorentina on the road as they are still playing without long-term injured players Manuel Pasqual, Frederico Bernardeschi and Guiseppe Rossi.
5. Another English defender heading to Rome?
With the January transfer window growing ever closer, each week there seems to be rumours of players heading to Italy. This week the pick of the bunch was talk surrounding Glenn Johnson and Alexandre Pato.
Johnson is rumoured to be a target for Roma this January. He is out of contract at Anfield in the summer and has said he wants to play for a club “that wants me”.
Glen Johnson is reportedly earning £120,000 a week at Liverpool, which would be €150,000 a week at Roma or €7.8 million a year. This would represent a big investment for Roma in an ageing full back, so we shall see how this develops.
Alexandre Pato knows all about Serie A having spent six season at the San Siro. After failing to live up to his huge potential, with no help from injuries, he has been shipped out on-loan so Sao Paulo.
He is now reportedly Fiorentina’s number one target in January. Depending on the price tag this could be a smart piece of business from the Tuscan’s as he is still only 25 and scored 51 goals in 117 games for Milan.
Ciarán Murphy, Pundit Arena