5 Things To Look For In Serie A This Weekend
Serie A Week 16: Top Five Things To Look For
After two very difficult weeks which included the negative results in Champions League and the unfortunate World Cup draws, Italy is once again, preparing for another great weekend of soccer. For Week 16 of the season, Serie A presents several games from which the outcomes will be extremely relevant for the standings.
With four more matches to play for the first round, the league has already entered the middle stages of the year. For this reason, teams are already over the surprise that is always common in the first weeks of the season. Instead, as the year has gone by, consistency has become the most important concept to focus on.
This is why Roma's road to the title has turned out to be more challenging than it was in the first games. As a matter of fact, the Giallorossi already took as much advantage as they could, given that manager Rudi Garcia applied innovative ideas to his players which other teams did not expect.
On the other hand, things have become easier for Juventus, who is known for being the most experienced side when it comes to finding consistency. As they overcame the challenges of the beginning of the season, the Bianconeri have found a way to compete against Roma's revolutionary system.
This weekend of Serie A will answer many questions for each of the teams, even in the least appealing matches such as Catania-Verona, Genoa-Atalanta, Lazio-Livorno, Parma-Cagliari and Udinese-Torino.
Without any further, here are the top five things to look for in Week 16 of the world's most difficult league.
5. Fiorentina's Opportunity to Reduce Point Differential with Inter And Napoli
Against Bologna, Fiorentina will have a great opportunity to reduce the point differential with Napoli and Inter in the standings, considering that these two will be facing each other. For manager Vincenzo Montella, achieving the three points will be crucial as his team is one and five points behind the Nerazzurri and Partenopei respectively. By winning, the Viola would for sure reduce the the point differential with at least one of them in the fight for the third place.
4. Chievo Verona-Sampdoria
Chievo Verona and Sampdoria might represent the biggest bounce-backs in Serie A. Thanks to the inputs of new managers Eugenio Corini and Sinisa Mihajlovic respectively, both teams have been able to get back on their feet in order to start getting out of the relegation zone. The game will determine who wants to stay in Serie A the most between Gialloblu and Blucerchiati.
3. Juventus' reaction from Champions League failure
The Bianconeri are due for a very intriguing match against Sassuolo only four days after their Champions League elimination. It will be crucial for Antonio Conte to mentally prepare the team as best as possible in order to avoid distractions and to ensure a bounce-back performance. Moreover, the Old Lady is now forced to finish the Serie A season perfectly in order to rapidly forget their European misfortunes.
2. Walter Mazzarri's Return to the San Paolo
For this season, Napoli-Inter was by far one of the most expected games of the year. Beyond the actual prestige of both clubs, the attractiveness of the match is mostly due to the return of Walter Mazzarri to the San Paolo stadium, home of Napoli. Even though the 52-year-old left the Partenopei in good terms, he will have the highest motivation to win in order to show why he should be missed.
1. Francesco Totti's Return To The Fields
On Monday against AC Milan, Roma will live the moment that the entire country was waiting for: the return of Francesco Totti. The 37-year-old legend, who had been out for several weeks, is still recognized as the main leader of Roma's historic start to the season. Without him, the Giallorossi's performance diminished and they eventually lost the first spot of the standings to Juventus. Totti will have to show his best against the strong Rossoneri, who are looking for a statement win in Serie A after they qualified to the next round of the Champions League.