Serie A Preview: Match Day 13

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Left out of the Champions League squad and yet to start a Serie A match this season, Emre Can has finally spoken about his situation at Juventus. The former Liverpool midfielder has insisted that things must change if he is to remain with the Bianconeri.

“I’m still a Juventus player,” he told Corriere dello Sport after playing in Germany’s 6-1 win over Northern Ireland. “Obviously I’m not satisfied with my situation, but I’m keeping my foot on the accelerator and I give 100 percent in every training session.

“I’m trying to change my situation, no player is happy when they don’t play. That’s my situation in Turin right now and I’ll have to think about what makes the most sense to me over the winter. I certainly see myself staying in Turin, but the situation must change.”

Serie A Match of the Weekend – AC Milan vs Napoli

At first glance, this fixture appears to be a clash between two of Serie A’s most powerful clubs, but this time around both Napoli and AC Milan will arrive at San Siro desperate for a positive result. 

The latter has already made a coaching change after Marco Giampaolo’s ill-fated tenure, but things have hardly improved under new boss Stefano Pioli. They sit 14th in the table and have won just one of their last five matches, but the Rossoneri will be boosted by the fact Saturday’s opponents are also in crisis. 

The 2019/20 campaign has been an unmitigated disaster, the title contenders already 13 points behind leaders Juventus to languish in seventh place. They have won just once in their last seven outings in all competitions and will arrive at this fixture knowing they have a tough Champions League game on the horizon, a trip to Anfield next on the agenda for Carlo Ancelotti’s men. 

Neither Napoli nor Milan can afford another defeat and, knowing the situation at each club, watching how this game plays out could prove to be a hugely entertaining 90 minutes. 

Rest of the Weekend

Following that game on Saturday evening is Torino-Inter, a match that sees Walter Mazzarri go up against his former club. Both teams arrive in good form, the Nerazzurri seeking to maintain pressure on first-placed Juventus while their hosts enjoyed a good win over Brescia last time out. 

The two teams match up well, both playing with a three-man defence and it will be interesting to see how Antonio Conte’s side marshall the in-form Andrea Belotti. The Torino striker scored twice in that aforementioned clash with Brescia, and was then on target for Italy during the international break.

Serie A Player to Watch: Sandro Tonali – Brescia – (£2.21)

Having emerged at Brescia in Serie B, Sandro Tonali is finally beginning to be recognised for his quality, looking every inch like a star of the future as he gets his first chance to run the show in a top flight midfield. 

The 19-year-old has already turned in a string of eye-catching performances, and Sunday’s meeting with AS Roma offers another opportunity for him to write the headlines. The Giallorossi have a raft of injuries in midfield as Lorenzo Pellegrini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Bryan Cristante are all expected to miss this fixture. 

That could set the stage perfectly for Tonali to dominate proceedings at the Stadio Olimpico, and the chance to see him do so is a match that is not to be missed.

 

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About Author

Chloe Beresford is a freelance Serie A writer who has been featured in Mundial magazine, Guardian Sport and in addition to Football Index, regularly contributes to The Sportsman, Tifo Football, Football Whispers and more. She supports Fiorentina and can often be found in the Curva Fiesole as well as attending as many other matches on the peninsula as possible.

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