Serie A Preview: Match Day 24

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A throwaway comment from Maurizio Sarri has offended the Italian Post Office, the Juventus boss using them as an example when he was asked during a press conference this week about the difficulties of his job with the Turin giants.

“If I’d wanted to avoid pressure and facing tough tests, I’d have applied to work for the Post Office,” responded the Coach, leading to the Poste Italiane offices releasing a statement on their social media channels.

“Poste Italiane invite Mr Sarri to dedicate a few minutes of his precious time to educate himself on the fact the Post Office is the biggest company in the country, that it is chosen by young graduates as one of the most attractive companies to work for, that is recognised among the top 500 companies in the world for quality of working life, that has one of the best performances on the stock exchange in 2019 and is in third place, on the global scale, among Italian companies for image and reputation.

“The tests therefore – contrary to what Mr Sarri maintains – are certainly there for Post Office staff and the company answers to citizens, businesses and public administrations. We invite him to view our daily work in person at one of our 15,000 operative offices.”

Serie A Match of the Round – Lazio Vs. Inter Milan

The biggest problems for Sarri have been the incredible form of both Inter and Lazio, so rather than taking up that offer from the Post Office, the Juve boss is far more likely to sit and watch his two closest rivals going head-to-head on Sunday evening. 

This meeting at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico could have huge ramifications on the title race, Inter going into this weekend level on points with Juve at the top of the table with Lazio just one point behind. 

If either side can attain a victory, they are likely to become the main contenders for the title, while the other would be left with ground to make up. With Inter having lost only once all season and Lazio undefeated in their last 15 league games, this is sure to be a hotly contested encounter. 

Best of the Rest 

If that first fixture has huge ramifications on the top of the table, the stakes are equally high as Roma travel north to take on Atalanta just 24 hours earlier. The Giallorossi have slipped in recent weeks, their last four matches seeing them manage just one draw and three defeats.

That run has seen them slip out of the top four, replaced by the very side they face here as Atalanta – the division’s leading scorers with 61 goals – have rounded into form at the perfect moment. 

Serie A Player To Watch: Marco Mancosu – Leece – £0.63

Winning each of their last two games has been enough to see Lecce climb out of the bottom three, their chances of staying in Serie A suddenly boosted by the six points they took in recording unexpected victories over Torino and Napoli. 

They also recently managed a 1-1 draw with Inter, their captain Marco Mancosu getting a vital goal for the Salentini. With the club back in the third tier, he has played a crucial role in their march to the top flight and was responsible for the winning strike in last weekend’s remarkable win away to Napoli. 

With Lecce facing rock bottom SPAL on Saturday, look for the 31-year-old midfielder to once again step up to the mark.

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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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