With a three-goal burst in the space of five minutes, Napoli showed why many believe they have the potential to win their first Serie A title in nearly three decades.
Overturning an early deficit, Kalidou Koulibaly, Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens scored early in the second half of a 4-1 win over Lazio on Wednesday to extend Napoli’s perfect record.
While six-time defending champions Juventus also remained perfect with an unimpressive 1-0 win over 10-man Fiorentina, Napoli top the table on goal difference.
Ciro Immobile set up Stefan de Vrij for Lazio’s opener as Napoli appeared in difficulty at the Stadio Olimpico.
An uninspired Inter continued their unbeaten start to the season as a Mauro Icardi’s penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw at Bologna. The point sends Inter top of the table, at least until Wednesday’s round of fixtures.
Inter were dreadful in the first half and deservedly went ahead through a stunning strike by Simone Verdi, but a much better second half performance allowed the Nerazzurri to salvage a point.
With Bologna on the back foot after Inter’s second-half resurgence, Ibrahima Mbaye slipped in the hosts’ area and fell into Eder, who flopped to the floor.
Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti says it is impossible to stop Mauro Icardi in the penalty area, although the Nerazzurri coach told his captain he still has room to improve.
Like title rivals Napoli and Juventus, Inter have won all four of their opening Serie A games this season going into Tuesday’s away clash with Bologna.
Icardi has netted five times already, following on from last season, when he scored 24 times in the top flight.
Spalletti acknowledged Inter need their stars like Icardi, fellow forward Ivan Perisic and goalkeeper Samir
Handanovic, but insisted it is overall team performances that can make them successful, while urging the skipper to kick on.
Leonardo Bonucci’s decision to leave six-time reigning Serie A champions Juventus for rivals AC Milan was not due to a falling out with head coach Massimiliano Allegri, according to his wife.
Bonucci sensationally left Juve in the off-season, the Italy international centre-back joining Milan in a €42 million deal.
The 30-year-old’s departure from Turin, shortly after Juve lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, sparked speculation of a row with Allegri. Those claims, however, were dismissed by Bonucci’s wife, Martina Maccari.
“His decision wasn’t due to an argument with Max Allegri,” Maccari told Rai Radio 1.
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Inter director Piero Ausilio assures Mauro Icardi “will stay for many years, even without a release clause” in his contract.
In an interview with Mediaset Premium on Saturday, Ausilio was asked about reports Icardi will be given a much larger new release clause in his contract.
“The clause seemed monstrous last year, but when there is the desire to stay together, a clause is fairly futile. Icardi is thoroughly happy to be here at Inter and will remain for many years, even without a clause.”
In today’s market and with his Argentina caps building, how much is Icardi worth?
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Pietro Pellegri is already the youngest goalscorer in Serie A history, but the 16-year-old further enhanced his growing reputation with a brace in Genoa’s five-goal thriller with Lazio.
It was two goals from the more established Italian Ciro Immobile which helped Lazio maintain their unbeaten start to the season as they edged Genoa 3-2.
Bastos gave the side from the capital the lead after 13 minutes but Pellegri had the home team level 12 minutes after the break.
Immobile grabbed his first of the game in the 70th minute but the advantage lasted just three minutes, with Pellegri grabbing his second before Immobile scored the winner with eight minutes remaining.
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Mino Raiola says he can see Juventus forward Paulo Dybala playing for Chelsea or either Manchester club in the future.
Dybala was linked with a move away from Turin in the summer, with Barcelona tipped to be his next club, but he stayed put.
The 23-year-old Argentinian starred for Juventus last season as they won Serie A and reached the Champions League final, but agent Raiola, who does not represent Dybala, believes he will leave the club soon, and that Real Madrid or the Premier League could be his next destination.
Inter Milan scored two late goals to maintain their 100 per cent start to the Serie A campaign with a 2-0 triumph at Crotone.
Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar poked home from 12 yards after a goalmouth scramble eight minutes from time to set Luciano Spalletti’s side on their way.
And Ivan Perisic sealed matters in stoppage time, cutting inside and fizzing a right-footed shot into the bottom-right corner to secure the Nerazzurri’s fourth straight win this term.
Edin Dzeko scored twice as Roma made light work of struggling Hellas Verona in a 3-0 win despite a torrential downpour in the capital.
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Gianluigi Buffon finally conceded against Lionel Messi, and then it happened again, as Barcelona put on a show of strength to beat Juventus 3-0.
Despite plundering Champions League goals for 12 year Messi has drawn blanks against the Italian great in two Champions League quarter-finals as well as the 2015 final, given another opportunity to end that run little genius did not waste it.
Messi netted in both halves in this comfortable win and with Ivan Rakitic also scoring Barcelona never looked like slipping up.
Atletico Madrid’s stated bid to finally break through and win the Champions League got off to a slow start with a scoreless draw at Roma on Tuesday.
Diego Simeone’s Spanish side had the majority of the chances – including one first-half effort that was cleared off the line by a defender – but were largely inaccurate in front of the goal.
Atletico and Roma dropped behind Chelsea in Group C after the Antonio Conte’s men routed Azerbaijani side Qarabag 6-0 in the other group match.