Round 25 Takeaways
After their blip last weekend against Inter Milan, AS Roma were back to winning ways with De Rossi now recording four wins in the six games he has been in charge of since the departure of Jose Mourinho.
While Roma are cruising, Juventus have regressed and after failing to win again, their title hopes have started looking bleak considering the form leaders Inter are in. But what else happened in the Serie A this past weekend?
Juventus’ Serie A title hopes fading after another draw
Juventus’ chances of catching Serie A leader Inter Milan have been fading match by match over the last month.
The Turin club’s winless streak in the league extended to four matches on Saturday when it twice had to come back from a goal down to draw at relegation-threatened Hellas Verona 2-2.
Juventus briefly took the league lead from Inter last month when the Nerazzurri travelled to Saudi Arabia for the Italian Super Cup but then quickly dropped out of contention with a draw at home against Empoli, a loss at Inter, and then a loss at home to Udinese.
Now second-placed Juventus trails Inter, which has a game in hand even after thrashing last-placed Salernitana 4-0 on Friday, by nine points.
Napoli draws to end losing streak
Defending champion Napoli needed a late score from Cyril Ngonge against Genoa to rescue a 1-1 draw at home ahead of a Champions League match against Barcelona.
Morten Frendrup put Genoa ahead shortly after the break by finishing off a counterattack with a shot from the edge of the area for the Danish midfielder’s first Serie A goal but Napoli captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo met a cross with a header at the far post and left it for Ngonge to turn in from the center of the area for a 90th minute equalizer.
The draw ended a two-match losing streak for Napoli but the Partenopei extended their winless streak to five matches across all competitions — and the squad was whistled off the pitch by fans at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
Napoli striker Victor Osimhen watched from the stands after last season’s Serie A scoring leader returned late from the African Cup of Nations, where his Nigeria team was beaten by Ivory Coast in last weekend’s final.
Napoli hosts Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday.
De Rossi’s impact at Roma continues
New Roma coach Daniele De Rossi stretched his record to four wins in six matches with a 3-0 victory at Frosinone in Serie A on Sunday.
Roma took the lead late in the first half when 18-year-old center back Dean Huijsen took the ball at midfield and showed off some fancy dribbling skills before unleashing a long shot into the top corner.
Midway through the second half, Sardar Azmoun doubled the advantage by turning in a rebound of a shot from Bryan Cristante. And then Leandro Paredes converted a penalty after a handball was called on a shot from Tommaso Baldanzi.
There was more encouraging news from Roma when center back Chris Smalling came on for the final minutes in his first appearance since September due to a knee injury.
Using more offensive tactics than Jose Mourinho, his predecessor, De Rossi has moved Roma up from ninth to sixth place to put the Giallorossi back in contention for a spot in Europe. Roma’s only loss under De Rossi was a wild 4-2 defeat to Italian leader Inter Milan last weekend.
Round 25 Results
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Article Last updated on 19th February 2024
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