Gazzetta dello Sport asked Inter to “dammi il cinque” (gimme five) in Thursday’s edition of the famous pink paper, in reference to their perfect record of five wins in five this season. Antonio Conte’s men registered a 1-0 victory over Lazio after having been victorious in the Milan derby last weekend, sending a message to Juventus that they are serious contenders for this season’s Scudetto.
Serie A Match of the Weekend – AC Milan vs Fiorentina
Don’t let Fiorentina’s position in the table fool you into thinking that they can’t take points away from AC Milan at San Siro this Sunday. The Viola have impressed much more than their Rossoneri counterparts in terms of performance this season, even if the home side have gathered more points.
This should be a real open and entertaining match, one in which Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella will have something to prove versus his former employers.
Best of the rest
Juventus and Inter will continue to do battle at the top of the table, with the Bianconeri at home to SPAL on Saturday afternoon, and their Milanese counterparts heading to struggling Sampdoria in the tea-time kick-off. Both sides are expected to win, giving the fixture between them the following weekend an added edge.
Napoli host newly-promoted Brescia on Sunday and will be hoping to put the disappointment of losing to Cagliari behind them, while Roma will look to do the same after their loss to Atalanta as they head south to Lecce.
Serie A Player to Watch: Gaetano Castrovilli
Fiorentina registered their first win in 220 days on Wednesday evening, their 2-1 victory over Sampdoria the first in Vincenzo Montella’s second spell in charge of the club. While everyone involved with La Viola will have breathed a huge sigh of relief, those who regularly watch the team will understand that the victory has been coming for some time.
A large part of those improved performances has come from a completely revamped midfield, and 22-year-old Gaetano Castrovilli has been a surprise part of that remodel. Montella admitted that the club almost sold the youngster in the summer, only for the Coach to take him off the market and straight into the first team.
It seems like only a matter of time before the Puglian-born player will begin to contribute more with goals and assists and – having settled into Fiorentina’s core with ease – Castrovilli has nailed down a regular place in the side already as the team continues to improve.