Serie A Roundup: Week 1

Radja Nainggolan - AS Roma v ACF Fiorentina - Serie A

Roma dictate the match against Fiorentina

On opening day, the tilt between Roma and Fiorentina featured two top four sides in Italy. Yet the talent gap was striking, the Giallorossi kept possession most of the first half and smothered Violo into only three shots in a 2-0 win. While on offense taking their time and letting the shots come to them. Hats off to Radja Nainggolan, starting in Kevin Strootman’s place, the Belgian international was all over the pitch dribbling, passing, tackling, shooting, and intercepting. Nainggolan did it all, and was arguably the best player in Serie A this week.

AC Milan makes fans forget about another strange Summer, for a week at least.

Staring down a capable Lazio squad, Milan looked like a strong side. Keeping the Eagles out of the match for 80 minutes, the Rossoneri were direct on attack leading to a 3-1 victory. Stephen El Shaarawy looked like the player we once knew, throwing an assist in to Keisuke Honda, but it was Jeremy Menez who stole the show. With two dribbles and four tackles, he was an integral cog in Milan’s counter attacking ways.

Napoli avoid scare at Genoa

Napoli finished third in the Serie A table last year by a considerable margin, but they suffered a bit of a scare on Sunday. It took a 90th minute goal by Jonathan de Guzman to finally break away from The Griffin in a 2-0 win. Sadly, Marek Hamsik didn’t start off 2014-15 in better form than his past season, here’s to hoping he turns it around with all the time on his plate.

NEMANJA VIDIC DOESN’T CARE FOR YOUR ITALIAN RED CARDS.

Vidic had himself a laugh after being sent off against Torino in his Serie A debut. His red card proved inconsequential as the teams drew 0-0.

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