Paolo Bandini

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Feb 19

Cengiz Under’s talent no longer a secret as he profits at Roma | Paolo Bandini

Turkish forward reaps rewards from Eusebio Di Francesco’s new tactical approach with four goals in three gamesUdinese were served with ample notice of Cengiz Under’s threat. The Roma forward had scored three times in two games leading into his visit to…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/feb/19/cengiz-under-talent-no-longer-secret-profits-at-roma

Feb 05

Inter’s art of drawing risks mid-season slump becoming a total collapse | Paolo Bandini

Luciano Spalletti’s side have drawn their past five games, have not won in 10 and seem stuck in their own Groundhog SeasonAt this rate, Luciano Spalletti might want to contemplate learning the piano, helping a homeless man and declaring his love for An…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/feb/05/inter-milan-art-of-drawing-risks-slump-becoming-collapse-serie-a

Jan 29

Milan’s spirit under Gennaro Gattuso starts to win over the doubters | Paolo Bandini

Milan’s manager has plenty to learn tactically but the 2-1 win over Lazio suggests his man-management is paying dividendsGennaro Gattuso accepted his punishment. Walking out on to the pitch after Milan’s game against Lazio, he bowed his head and entere…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/jan/29/milan-spirit-under-gennaro-gattuso-starting-to-win-over-the-doubters

Jan 22

Lazio find value in Simone Inzaghi and transfers to rise by different route | Paolo Bandini

The club’s canny acquisitions and the manager’s brand of football where his side refuse to let up even after an opponent’s will has been broken lift them to third placeLazio won at San Siro on Sunday. An impressive feat at any time but all the more so …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/jan/22/lazio-find-value-in-simone-inzaghi-transfers-rise-by-different-route-serie-a

Jan 20

Napoli fans’ scudetto fever adds to pressure on Sarri’s thin squad | Paolo Bandini

The spellbinding Serie A leaders are starting to believe in a first title since Diego Maradona but they must hold their nerveSerie A’s winter break arrived later than usual this season. The Italian top flight is set to resume on Sunday after a one-week…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/jan/20/napoli-fans-scudetto-maurizio-sarri-serie-a-maradona

Jan 08

Can Benevento stay up after Massimo Coda’s golden spell against Sampdoria? | Paolo Bandini

After collecting a point from their opening 18 matches, have Benevento turned their luck around courtesy of the resurgence of a journeyman striker?Sampdoria were seeing witches on Saturday. So was everyone else in Italy, to be fair. This was the weeken…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/jan/08/can-benevento-stay-up-after-massimo-codas-golden-spell-against-sampdoria

Jan 01

Napoli out to avoid 2016 with Serie A halfway lead over Juventus | Paolo Bandini

The Partenopei lead Juve by a point in Italy, where 10 of the last 11 Serie A winners were ‘winter champions’, but memories of that exception remainIt was fitting that Marek Hamsik should grab the winner on Friday night: a record-breaking player adding…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2018/jan/01/napoli-2016-repeat-serie-a-halfway-lead-juventus

Dec 24

Benatia celebrates in style as Juventus win to nil yet again

After joining from Roma, the Moroccan centre-back struggled for fitness and form, but he is now established as a central and inspirational figureMehdi Benatia still feels a certain fondness towards Roma. He left in acrimonious circumstances in 2014, ac…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/dec/24/benatia-celebrates-in-style-as-juventus-win-to-nil-yet-again

Dec 18

Milan misery intensifies amid defeats, finance questions and ‘moral violence’ | Paolo Bandini

Fans would be content just to see Milan’s ship steadied so they can have a chance to enjoy their rivals’ mishaps. Even that, apparently, is too much to askYou could not blame Milan fans for enjoying a moment of schadenfreude. They had endured abundant …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/dec/18/milan-misery-intensifies-amid-defeats-finance-questions-and-moral-violence

Dec 11

Inter and Juventus take the positives from Serie A stalemate | Paolo Bandini

Still unbeaten in Serie A after the Derby d’Italia, leaders Internazionale are rightly starting to cause a little anxiety in TurinThe stage was set for a spectacle. A full house at the Allianz Stadium and the atmosphere crackling as Juventus fans put o…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/dec/11/inter-and-juventus-take-positives-from-serie-a-stalemate