Spalletti’s Return to Stadio Olimpico Could Spark Fireworks in Serie A
Luciano Spalletti swapped Roma for Milan this summer opting to take on the challenge of stabilising Inter. Frank de Boer and Stefan Pioli both failed to stem the tide at the San Siro and Spalletti is the latest man to take the hot seat. Striker Mauro Icardi has praised the new man in the dugout and the Argentinian frontman helped his boss get off to a winning start scoring a brace in a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Fiorentina.
Icardi’s impressive double ensured the Nerazzurri claimed their first points of the season and the wide-open nature of the title race in Italy’s top flight looks set to thrill football fans this year. AC Milan beat Crotone 3-0 whilst Juventus also prevailed by the same scoreline. Roma narrowly edged past last season’s surprise package Atalanta with the Giallorossi keeping a clean sheet in the process.
Inter and Spalletti travel to face his former employers on Saturday, August 26 with Serie A fans set to witness two potential title rivals go head to head for the first time this season. The visitors are priced as big as 2/1 with Paddy Power for success in the capital and will be confident coming into this tie. They’ve been boosted by the news that Ivan Perisic wants to remain at the club despite interest from Manchester United and the players are clearly enjoying life under Spalletti.
Juventus travel to face Genoa whilst AC Milan host Cagliari. Free-scoring Napoli, who secured their place in the Champions League group stage this week welcome Atalanta to Naples whilst Lazio will be hoping to find their shooting boots as they visit Verona to face Chievo. Fiorentina will be hoping to bounce back from their heavy defeat at the hands of Inter when they host Sampdoria on Sunday, August 27.