By Pietro Arrigoni
Domestic soccer returns after a brief two-week hiatus where many players from around Europe joined their compatriots to compete in the Nations League.
After some controversy and boycott due to poor organization and safety, club teams seem to have settled after their players returned, despite some injuries and positive Covid-19 tests.
Many of the Italian nationals who have come back to their clubs in Serie A will receive plenty of praise as they won each of the three games they played during the break.
The much-deserved wins against Estonia, Poland, and Bosnia push Italy to the top of their table, undefeated in their campaign.
All Serie A matches will be played on Saturday and Sunday this weekend, in order to give players a further day of rest after a very busy two weeks. Earlier this morning, Crotone hosted Lazio in the opening match of the weekend, and it was the Biancocelesti who took the three points with goals from Ciro Immobile and Juan Correa. Spezia and Atalanta play at 9 AM, which will be a thrilling match to watch, while Cagliari squares off against Juventus in Turin at a quarter to noon.
Sunday, Fiorentina will host Benevento to open the day. In the early afternoon, Hellas Verona and Sassuolo will play, along with Inter-Torino, Sampdoria-Bologna, and Roma-Parma. Udinese and Genoa will face each other in the late evening, while the big match between Napoli and Milan is set to start at a quarter to nine at night.
All eyes will be on Napoli, who will play against Milan at home, looking to hand them their first loss in their Serie A campaign. Milan, standing first at 17 points will look to extend their lead on Napoli a further three points, leaving their second closest rivals six points behind them in the title race.
Fans across Italy and Europe will be thrilled to finally see their clubs play again. A match day
like this may see some great upsets as players from bigger teams who were gone for International Duty will have less rest in their legs, or potentially not be 100% healthy.