COVID-19 hit Genoa this week as no less than 11 of their players plus three members of staff tested positive after their 6-0 defeat to Napoli at the weekend. That tally has now risen to 16 positive cases, and has meant that their fixture versus Torino due for Match Day 3 has been postponed.
“Common sense prevailed,” Grifone President Enrico Preziosi told Radio Kiss Kiss this week after the decision to postpone their fixture was announced. “If the game hadn’t been postponed, basically I would’ve had to pull on a shirt and play along with (Coach Rolando) Maran and (sporting director Daniele) Faggiano!”
Serie A Match of the Round: Juventus vs Napoli
After having faced COVID hit Genoa last weekend, Napoli face another round of tests before their game with Juventus on Sunday is definitely confirmed. However, the side all came up negative in the first instance, so it is to be hoped this tasty clash can proceed.
New Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo will face his former AC Milan teammate Gennaro Gattuso in the dugout, an interesting matchup as the latter has more experience than his peer and has won both of his opening two games this season.
Pirlo’s approach looked impressive during their opening 3-0 victory over Sampdoria, yet they faltered in Match Day 2 and were fortunate to salvage a 2-2 draw with Roma.
Best of the Rest
Fresh from a 5-2 win over Benevento in midweek, Inter take on Lazio on Sunday afternoon, a team who were embarrassed by a 4-1 loss to Atalanta on Wednesday.
Although Antonio Conte’s men have earned maximum points in their first two fixtures, they have shipped five goals, a factor which could well see this becoming a high-scoring affair.
There could well be more magic from Franck Ribery on Friday evening as Fiorentina host struggling Sampdoria, and don’t miss Sunday afternoon’s clash between Atalanta and Cagliari, with La Dea once again in superb scoring form.
Serie A Player to Watch: Ruslan Malinovskyi – Atalanta – £1.29
Since arriving from Genk in summer 2019, Ruslan Malinovskyi has become an increasingly important member of the ultra-attacking Atalanta side. The Ukranian started the match in an advanced position versus Lazio and put in a superb performance in the aforementioned 4-1 victory, weighing in with one assist, three key passes and four dribbles, as well as helping out in the defensive phase with three tackles.
“It was clear from the start that Ruslan Malinovskyi is a talent, but of course it takes a little while to adapt to Italian football, as you don’t get as much room or time to play as in other leagues,” Coach Gian Piero Gasperini said of the player in December 2019. “Our great strength is that we have 15-16 players who are interchangeable and they all give their contribution and can be relied upon to fill any gaps.”
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