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Tops and Flops of Serie A Round 4: Barella and Dybala Enchant

Compared to the exciting events from Round Three, the midweek action is perhaps a bit short. However, watching league matches between Tuesday and Thursday is always a big plus, and we’d be thankful for that. While half of the matches ended in a draw (the most common result was 1-1), some other confrontations proved to be one-sided. However, we still saw a slew of great hits across the peninsula. So let’s sum up the action in our own (AKA quirky) style, as we recruit the tops and flops from round four of Serie A.

Best player: Nicolo Barilla

While the Euro 2020 winner hasn’t been at his best during some previous matches, Parilla’s fourth-round showing was a stark reminder of his great prowess, even if at the expense of Cremonese, who are still looking for their first. a point.

The 25-year-old was behind all three of Inter’s goals. The first time, he led a counterattack through a daring run from box to box before Eden Dzeko fired home with a clever pass. He also provided assistance to Otaro Martinez in the third. But surely his most memorable moment remains his incredible shot that landed in the top corner.

Best player: Paulo Dybala

While Barilla captivated the crowd at Giuseppe Meazza, Paulo Dybala was also enjoying an unforgettable Tuesday night at the Stadio Olimpico. Therefore, it is fair to pick them both in the lead.

The Argentine broke his duck with Roma with a superb shot, before showing his formidable determination by beating the defender to rebound to complete his brace.

jewel He could have added a third, but instead, he left the field in the second half while sharing a laugh with his boss Jose Mourinho.

Really wonderful evening.

Failure: Domenico Berardi’s luck

Earlier on Tuesday, Sassuolo hosted AC Milan at the Mapei Stadium in a shocking occasion for Domenico Berardi. What would have been a memorable occasion for Niroverdi It ended in the worst possible way, as Ms. Luck gave up completely.

During the first half, the winger could have broken the deadlock with a penalty, but Mike Minnan correctly predicted it (it wasn’t Berardi’s best effort anyway).

However, the winger’s misery peaked in the second half when Theo Hernandez brought him down as he headed towards goal. Berardi left the field in tears as he was helped by medical staff after suffering a traumatic injury.

And here’s the worst part: while a reckless challenge to Theo would usually result in a red card, the Frenchman got away with it thanks to an earlier offside call, meaning Sassuolo got no pay for it. memo misfortunes.

Top (Director): Gian Piero Gasperini

The fourth round ended with what recently became one of the Italian league titles. We are talking about the dugout battle between Atalanta director Gian Piero Gasperini and his old Genoese pupil Ivan Juric, now in charge of Turin.

The striking similarity between the two men’s tactical systems is clearly visible on the field, with the master and student adopting similar formations.

Of course, the europeex They are the favorites to win – although few expected a hat-trick from the Teun Koompmeiners – but Gasperini’s brilliant tactical feat should not go unnoticed.

The experienced coach has managed to find his team’s balance once again, creating an exciting mix of new and old, and putting his team at the top of the Serie A table in the process.

The flop (director): Luciano Spalletti

For the record, Luciano Spalletti is one of the best coaches of his generation, and his abilities should never be questioned. But perhaps the Napoli coach erred a little when he hosted his side, Lecce, at the Maradona Stadium.

Now surely a rotation is a must amid the busy schedule, but the former Roma and Inter coach went over the top with his overhaul, dropping several key players from the starting lineup (including Piotr Zielinski, Stanislav Lobotka, Hirving Lozano and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia).

While trying to fix the situation during the second half, the visitors gained a lot of confidence after a solid performance in the first half, and they managed to escape with a well-deserved point.

Top (team): Roma

After three consecutive defeats, Monza was desperate for a positive midweek result that would boost players’ spirits. Unfortunately Biancoursethey got to the wrong place, where they were beaten again, this time by Dybala and his companions.

The Gelorossi They also needed to make a solid outing after their uninspiring display against Juventus at the weekend, and they did just that, delivering a vibrant team performance.

Now let’s see if they can repeat such performances against adults.

The flop (team): Fiorentina

For one reason or another, Fiorentina looked kind of like during his visit to the Dacia Arena. While the 1-0 defeat at Udine is not a disaster in itself, the hollow performance of the Tuscans raises several questions.

Although 75% of the ball has possession of the ball, viola He created very little, as their hosts seemed more likely to double their lead.

Vincenzo Italiano’s men may have been tired after their efforts at the weekend against Napoli, but again, we’re talking about a team set to compete on several fronts after qualifying for the UEFA Conference League.

Expect a lot from Florence.

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