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Italian Serie A

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Roma's attack failing to replicate last season's success

AS Roma boss Rudi Garcia believed his side defended well against AC Milan and needed better organisation in their set piece opportunities.

When Roma sold Mehdi Benatia this summer and lost Leandro Castan to a non-life-threatening brain injury, it only seemed natural to assume that the side's defence would suffer. The attack, it seemed, should only improve; no one was sold, and Juan Iturbe arrived to give the side a much-needed threat from outside of the box. Yet, against Milan on Saturday, a recent Roma vulnerability reared its ugly head once again: The side did well enough to contain one of the more dangerous men in this campaign in...

 By Richard Hall

Inter struggling to get past fear factor

ESPN FC's Craig Burley joins Alexis Nunes to discuss the Europa League draw and which British sides need to take this competition seriously.

Inter Milan had to fight back to earn a 2-2 draw against Lazio after going two goals down in the San Siro. Mateo Kovacic's wonder strike and Rodrigo Palacio's first of the season enabled Roberto Mancini's men to regain some pride. The Inter coach bemoaned his team's start, accusing them of "playing with fear," but also praised their spirit.

This fear factor was borne under the stewardship of former manager Walter Mazzarri, and the Tuscan coach would often wonder why his team played in such a way....

 By Mina Rzouki

Flaws and threats on both sides as Juventus prepare for Napoli showdown

Juventus face a showdown with Napoli in the Supercoppa with the Serie A champions seeking to add another trophy to their bulging list of honours.

The press sniggered. Khalid Mubarak Al Kuwari, the vice president of the organising committee for the Italian Supercoppa in Doha, Qatar, described the match as a "global event." Hardly. With the spectacle overly anticipated, it's important Napoli and Juventus play a worthy game of football to justify the hype.

Maximum attention has been paid by the hosts to ensure this particular final will be played in an appealing environment, an attempt to prove to onlookers that Qatar are capable organisers...

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AC Milan end 2014 with a battling display in Rome

AS Roma and AC Milan settled for a nil-nil draw in Rome following a strong, but ultimately fruitless showing by the home side who now sit three points behind league leaders Juventus.

Following on from last weekend's win over Napoli, it was important for Filippo "Pippo" Inzaghi and Milan to end the year in positive form in order to give themselves confidence heading into 2015. Given the circumstances at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night, it was a well-earned point for the Rossoneri in a 0-0 stalemate vs. Roma.

Inzaghi resisted the temptation to tinker with the starting lineup too much, and that arguably resulted in an organised and disciplined performance. Gervinho threatened...

Inter's Roberto Mancini owes some of his success to former club Lazio

Roberto Mancini has Inter playing at a different pace than under predecessor Walter Mazzarri.
Roberto Mancini and 11th placed Inter travel to Lazio, the club he helped end a lengthy trophy drought as a player and later became a indemand manager.

Roberto Mancini will swear Sunday's game against Lazio is just like any other.

When he re-encountered Lazio for the first time after leaving to become coach of Inter a decade ago, the Elegantissimo (very elegant) Mancio said: "I don't feel anything special on facing my old team and I couldn't tell you if they remember be with more anger or affection.

"I was very happy in Rome and have great memories of that period of my life. But now my mind is on other things. I have to think about winning, not...

 By Mina Rzouki

Cagliari do themselves no favours as Juve strike early for win

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti analyses the title race in Italy between Juventus and Roma.

Zdenek Zeman's sides usually provide the opponent with a challenge, but his Cagliari team, despite some bright moments, allowed the strength of Juventus to consume it, with the Bianconeri winning 3-1 away.

One thing that has been evident about Juventus in recent weeks is the determination they have shown at the start of each game. Despite playing every three days and perhaps exhausted from the packed schedule and little rotation, each game has seen the Old Lady attempt to finish off the opponent...