By Peter Corridor
(Reuters) – Speaking factors from the Serie A weekend:
EVERGREEN HANDANOVIC THE UNSUNG HERO
There have been loads of standout performances as Inter Milan went 4 factors clear on the high of the Serie A standings following their 3-0 win over rivals AC Milan on Sunday.
Strike duo Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez once more produced the products on the San Siro, Nicolo Barella put in one other wonderful efficiency in midfield, whereas Achraf Hakimi confirmed why he’s considered among the finest full backs in Europe.
However one participant who was simply as pivotal as anybody, and infrequently will get the credit score he deserves, was an evergreen Samir Handanovic.
The 36-year-old goalkeeper has been excellent all season, with three excellent saves at the beginning of the second half on Sunday, when the scoreline was 1-0, essential to securing his facet all three factors.
“After the break we had so many possibilities and I have not seen Handanovic make so many good saves like that shortly,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli advised DAZN after the match.
RADIO SILENCE FROM GATTUSO
All continues to be not properly at Napoli.
Final weekend’s hard-fought victory over Juventus confirmed the membership was united behind under-pressure supervisor Gennaro Gattuso, with the usually fiery Napoli boss defiant, adamant his gamers backed him after the match.
However after a disappointing defeat at Atalanta on Sunday, one which left Napoli in seventh within the standings, the response from Gattuso and Napoli was considered one of silence.
The membership introduced they might not be chatting with the media after the match, and won’t be for the foreseeable future.
It’s not the primary time they’ve taken such a step, however the transfer has solely intensified hypothesis within the Italian press that Gattuso’s days are numbered.
LAZIO QUIETLY SNEAKING UP ON REST
Regardless of rising from their Champions League group unbeaten, Lazio’s early season home type was worrying.
In early January, Simone Inzaghi’s facet have been languishing in ninth, six factors off the highest 4 locations.
However a seventh win of their final eight league video games in opposition to Sampdoria on Sunday moved Lazio stage on factors with fourth-placed Atalanta and one behind AS Roma in third.
The run has been well-timed, too, with the Bayern Munich up subsequent within the Champions League last-16 this week.
(Reporting by Peter Corridor; Enhancing by Christian Radnedge)