Now midway through November, Ciarán Murphy discusses five talking points from the Serie A so far.
1. Conte? Allegri? It doesn’t matter for Juve
Juve have moved on from Antonio Conte to Massimiliano Allegri with no ill-effects it would seem. Many thought that after the abrupt departure of Conte to manage the national team that Juve would struggle.
Not so; here we are in November and Juve, playing a new tactical system to last year, are three points clear at the top of the table. Not only that, they still resemble the well oiled machine from the past three years and are still alive in Europe. This is building up to whats looks like a big season for the The Old Lady.
2. Looking like a dark winter in Milan
Milan are 7th and Inter are 9th. Just when it looks as if Inzaghi and Milan are coming into a run of form they forget how to defend again, meanwhile Inter have offered very little all season.
The appointment of Roberto Mancini will no doubt energise both the players and fans ahead of the “Derby Della Madoninna”. A good start for Mancini and his men would ease the immense pressure building inside the black and blue camp. Both clubs need to get their act together sooner rather than later if they want to challenge for the precious Champions League placings.
3. Roma & Napoli keeping pace
After pushing Juve close, but not close enough last season, Roma are back where they left off. Only three points behind going into the international break and with their talismanic midfielder, Kevin Strootman, making his long awaited return things are looking positive.
Napoli, under the guidance of Rafael Benitez, are starting to come into their stride. Leading they way is their exciting attack of Callejon and Higuain. Many believe that Napoli can mount a serious challenge for the Scudetto this season and recent evidence suggests that is possible.
4. Nightmare in Parma
Things are going from bad to worse for Parma. They sit rock bottom of the table and the route to safety seems anything but simple. In recent weeks there has been unrest from the fans which resulted in the players having to intervene.
There was talk of a potential takeover and a much needed injection of money, but that too now seems to have hit a stumbling block. Roberto Donadoni and his men have a lot of work ahead of them to get out of the relegation zone.
5. Callejon & Tevez leading the way
Carlos Tevez and Jose Callejon sit on top of the goalscoring table in Serie A on eight goals each. Tevez has looked back to his best this season and has led the line superbly for Juve. He was unplayable against Parma last weekend and rounded it off with a sensational solo goal.
Meanwhile, Callejon is finally starting to deliver on the promise he has showed for so many years. This season is the best we have seen of Callejon in a Napoli shirt and there have been rumours of a return to Spain in and amongst his first International call up to the national side. Plenty more to come from these two over the rest of the season.
Ciarán Murphy, Pundit Arena