With several big clashes on the card, round five of the season has arguably been the most anticipated weekend in Serie A so far this season. Suffice it to mention that a file Madonnina derby. Fortunately for us football Fanatics, Europe’s most amazing derby has delivered on its promise and some others. Elsewhere, Roma were shockingly dismembered at Udine, while Atalanta capitalized on all the chaos to snatch the lead with a routine win over Monza on Monday night. So let’s summarize the procedure by highlighting the best and worst performers of the weekend in the highs and ups of Serie A.
Top (player): Rafael Liao
We’re only five rounds a season, and we’ve already seen several versions of Rafael Leao. We recognized him as a loser in the second round, before we called him MVP in the third.
But this time, our guy was doing something completely different that befits the great occasion. Milan found themselves behind in the first half, and this was when the Portuguese rose to the occasion and brought his side back to par with a superb shot.
In the second period, last season’s best player put Inter in the path of the sword, first by providing assistance to Olivier Giroud, and then with a fine piece of magic inside the Inter chest to complete his personal double.
A day to remember for the ever-improving star.
The flop (player): Stefan de Vrij
Since the derby produced the best player of the weekend, it should also provide the ultimate flop. It’s how the universe balances itself (or doesn’t balance).
In any case, Stefan de Vrij suffered a bad outing against Milan for the second consecutive season, failing to deal with Liao and his co-stars. Some of his teammates didn’t do much better (the likes of Alessandro Bastoni and Samir Handanovic), but if we had to pick one disappointing player, it had to be the Dutchman.
Top (goalkeeper): Mike Minnan
On Saturday night, Stefano Pioli’s men must have enjoyed some raucous festivities, with Liao being the toast of the city. However, their derby victory would not have been possible without the heroics of their outstanding goalkeeper.
Although he conceded twice, Mike Mainian blocked Inter’s players on a number of occasions, including a late save with Lautaro’s header and Hakan Calhanoglu’s goal, ensuring the tournament’s most vital victory. Rossoneri.
Top (Director): Andrea Sutil
Despite being one of the lesser known faces among Serie A managers, Andrea Sutil deserves some recognition, and his exploits can no longer be overlooked by the shocking fifth-round result.
In his fifth appearance in the First Division, the 48-year-old led Udinese to a historic victory over Jose Mourinho’s Roma with four goals without a response!
If that wasn’t enough to warrant some interest, we’re not sure what might happen.
Fail (team): Roma
Truth be told, there were some circumstances that went against Roma on Sunday, culminating in a shocking end result. For example, Mehmet Celik had a real call for a penalty kick, while Gianluca Mancini hit the post and Tammy Abraham suffered a shoulder injury.
However, conceding four goals in the middle of the table remains an unacceptable outcome for a club seeking a place in the Champions League – or even beyond.
Top (team): Udinese
Notably to their manager, Udinese’s recent progress has been under the radar. But the fame of the Pozzo family and club manager Pierpaolo Marino who brought back Zebrite A foothold stature for young and exciting talents from all over the world.
Sottil’s men put in a great performance at the expense of the Romans, with the likes of Roberto Pereyra and Destiny Udogie on display.
The flop (match): Fiorentina vs Juventus
Thanks to Massimiliano Allegri’s uninspiring tactics, the much-anticipated big Saturday started wrong, with Juventus doing enough to snatch a distant point on their hated rival’s home ground.
The Bianconeri He simply decided to give up possession and sit deep in their areas, while Fiorentina were only able to produce few dangerous chances throughout the encounter.
The final score of 1-1 was relatively generous given the general quality of play experienced by Artemio Franchi which proved to be an inappropriate opener for the fifth round of Serie A.
Highest (match): AC Milan vs Inter
Fortunately for all of us, Madonnina derby More than made up for the Florence affair that preceded it.
With back-and-forth movement across the pitch, frequent changes of results and fast football until the final whistle, the thrilling showdown came on all fronts, and left us all satisfied at the end of the day…except for the unfortunate one. Nerazzurri Supporters of course.