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Lazio 0-2 Fiorentina: Ledesma shows how not to play the holding midfield role – again

March 11, 2013
Lazio 0-2 Fiorentina: Ledesma shows how not to play the holding midfield role – again

A familiar, assured passing performance from Fiorentina – but a rare away victory. They leapfrog Lazio into fourth. Vladimir Petkovic was without right-winger Antonio Candreva after his red card against Milan last week, so moved Alvaro Gonzales to the flank and used Ederson in the middle. Lorik Cana started at the back, in place of...
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Napoli 1-1 Juventus: Juve hold on

March 2, 2013
Napoli 1-1 Juventus: Juve hold on

Second-placed Napoli performed well after the break, but a draw puts Juve in a great position to retain their title. Walter Mazzarri continued with Miguel Britos on the left of his back three, and favoured the experience of Goran Pandev rather than Lorenzo Insigne’s directness. Antonio Conte selected Federico Peluso as his left-wing-back rather than Kwadwo...
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Inter 1-1 Milan: Milan should have been out of sight by half-time

February 25, 2013
Inter 1-1 Milan: Milan should have been out of sight by half-time

Inter upped their performance after a terrible first-half display. Andrea Stramaccioni gave a rare start to Ricky Alvarez on the left, after his impressive performance against Cluj in midweek. Diego Milito is out for the season, so Antonio Cassano and Rodrigo Palacio started upfront together. Max Allegri made changes from the victory over Barcelona – Mario...
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Roma 1-1 Inter: Bradley & Guarin sum up Serie A’s obsession drivers rather than creators

January 22, 2013
Roma 1-1 Inter: Bradley & Guarin sum up Serie A’s obsession drivers rather than creators

A match that started strongly before fading in the second half. Zdenek Zeman didn’t feel Miralem Pjanic was 100% fit, so went for Alessandro Florenzi in the centre of midfield. Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni was without both Antonio Cassano and Diego Milito, so selected youngster Marko Livaja upfront. Juan Jesus, Yuto Nagatomo and Walter Gargano also...
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Roma 4-2 Fiorentina: Roma attack three v three

December 11, 2012
Roma 4-2 Fiorentina: Roma attack three v three

An extraordinarily open game at the Stadio Olimpico. Zdenek Zeman named an unchanged side from the XI which defeated Siena 3-1, which meant Daniele De Rossi was only on the bench after his return from suspension. Vincenzo Montella was without two key players – Stevan Jovetic and David Pizarro. Adem Ljajic was also out, so Montella...
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