Another play of Serie A action has flown by, and it was a very satisfactory 1 for Inter Milan arsenic they came from down to hit Roma 4-2 astatine nan Stadio Olimpico.
That consequence extended their lead astatine nan apical of nan array to 7 points arsenic Juventus suffered a daze 1-0 location conclusion against Udinese.
Meanwhile, AC Milan closed to wrong a constituent of Massimiliano Allegri's men pinch a hard-fought 1-0 triumph complete Napoli, and location were emphatic victories for Atalanta, Bologna and Fiorentina arsenic they pursuit down a Champions League spot.
At nan different extremity of nan table, Salernitana mislaid 3-1 to Empoli and opted to sack Filippo Inzaghi, replacing him pinch nan knowledgeable Fabio Liverani.
Mail Sport's Alvise Cagnazzo picks retired 10 things we learned from a fascinating play successful Italy.
Udinese pulled disconnected a daze triumph against Juventus connected Sunday arsenic Massimiliano Allegri's broadside fell further adrift successful nan title race
Thuram tin surpass his World Cup-winning dad
Marcus Thuram is astir apt Serie A's champion signing of nan season, arsenic good arsenic Manchester United's biggest regret.
He arrived astatine Inter from Borussia Mönchengladbach and is now nan astir decisive attacker successful nan Nerazzurri beforehand statement acknowledgment to striking up a blossoming business with Lautaro Martinez.
He has scored 9 goals - nan aforesaid arsenic Hakan Calhanoglu - and registered 7 assists, exceptional numbers for personification who is experiencing his first twelvemonth astatine Inter and successful Italy, a overmuch much difficult and tactical title than nan Bundesliga.
Unlike United's Antony, he is simply a basal subordinate moreover erstwhile he doesn't people goals, participating successful each nan team's violative actions.
Against Roma, aft a first-half afloat of problems, he became nan protagonist successful nan 2nd half, troubling nan Giallorossi defense pinch vertical runs and abrupt changes of pace.
His extremity demonstrated master precision, reminiscent of a highest Filippo Inzaghi, and he played a important domiciled successful defender Angelino's ain extremity which condemned Roma to defeat.
The emotion is that Marcus could person a amended profession than his highly-decorated father, Lilian, who won nan World Cup successful 1998 pinch France, but only clip will uncover whether he tin surpass Thuram Snr.
Marcus Thuram sewage connected nan scoresheet for Inter Milan connected Saturday and is enjoying a good season
Lilian Thuram (second left) won nan World Cup pinch France successful 1998, but his boy could beryllium an moreover amended player
Ciro Immobile scores his 200th Serie A goal
Ciro Immobile made Serie A history by scoring nan 200th extremity of his profession successful nan Italian title successful Lazio's 3-1 triumph complete Cagliari.
His past extremity from unfastened play was backmost successful August against Lecce, highlighting nan issues he has had successful beforehand of extremity lately.
But he yet sewage his 200th extremity this play and he now sits alongside legends specified arsenic Stano Piola, Francesco Totti, Gunnar Nordahl, Giuseppe Meazza, Jose Altafini, Antonio Di Natale and Roberto Baggio.
The triumph against Cagliari and nan beardown capacity of nan No 17 confirms really Immobile is still a basal man for Maurizio Sarri's team.
His adjacent extremity will beryllium to scope that seventh spot occupied by Baggio, who scored 205 goals successful Serie A.
His 200 goals successful 341 games successful Serie A is simply a good record, pinch his first and 200th some coming against Cagliari.
He is simply a charismatic skipper and sows panic successful nan opposing defense pinch his specified beingness successful nan punishment box.
Immobile is not nan aforesaid subordinate arsenic 12 months agone but he is still a threat that allows Sarri to play pinch an effective 4-3-3 system.
Ciro Immobile netted his 200th Serie A extremity successful Lazio's triumph against Cagliari this weekend
Theo Hernandez tin do everything
Theo Hernandez's 28th extremity for Milan was a masterpiece and proved to beryllium nan quality successful his side's constrictive triumph against Napoli.
In nan large lucifer connected Sunday evening, Olivier Giroud and Rafael Leao mixed to confuse Napoli's backmost line, pinch Walter Mazzarri's broadside still yet to get to grips pinch transitioning from a backmost 4 to a three-man defence.
This allowed Hernandez to title done a gaping spread and he vanished pinch nan people of a centre-forward.
The French full-back knows really to do everything and does it very well, carrying retired Stefano Pioli's tactical instructions perfectly.
He neutralised vulnerable winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia aft losing him successful nan opening minutes of nan game, and mixed efficaciously pinch Leao down nan near flank.
Davide Calabria's exit owed to wounded led to Hernandez taking nan armband, and he proceeded to lead his squad to an important win.
He is simply a subordinate who deserves to beryllium a protagonist successful a apical English nine that is playing to triumph the Champions League, but seems contented pinch surviving nan champion shape of his profession astatine Milan.
The emotion for nan nine that trusted him when Real Madrid decided to move their backmost is immense, and nan emotion is that Hernandez could determine to stay a cardinal subordinate for nan Rossoneri successful Serie A forever.
Theo Hernandez took nan captain's armband and scored nan victor for AC Milan against Napoli
Mazzarri can't activity miracles
Zero shots connected target successful nan first 45 minutes and a extremity conceded connected nan counter-attack meant Napoli slumped to different nonaccomplishment against Milan.
They person collected conscionable 1 constituent successful their past 5 games, and they haven't scored distant from location since November, a tally stretching complete 460 minutes.
Napoli person been deprived of their talisman Victor Osimhen complete nan past period arsenic he made it to nan Africa Cup of Nations last pinch Nigeria, but their statistic against Milan still make for embarrassing reading.
January signings Cyril Ngonge and Leander Dendoncker person besides grounded to make a affirmative impact, and head Walter Mazzarri deserves immoderate sympathy for having constricted resources to activity with.
The conclusion astatine nan San Siro, Napoli's eighth of nan season, worsens their position successful nan standings and clarifies nan tactical and method limits of nan defending champions.
In nan 2nd half, Napoli improved and had 60 per cent possession, but could not break down Milan's stubborn defence.
Napoli person consistently mislaid against nan apical sides connected nan roadworthy this season, and if their distant shape doesn't amended they whitethorn miss retired connected European shot altogether.
Walter Mazzarri's Napoli are continuing to struggle, pinch nan head incapable to amended their fortunes since taking over
Atalanta's Flemish flair
Charles De Ketelaere and Teun Koopmeiners are 2 Flemish playmakers that are making Atalanta 1 of nan astir watchable teams successful Europe.
The brace demolished Genoa, showing bonzer method and beingness superiority arsenic Gian Piero Gasperini's men cruised to a 4-1 win.
If Atalanta decided to waste some of them, they could gain astir €100m (£85m). In their respective roles, they are nan champion successful Serie A and are perpetually making valuable contributions connected nan pitch.
Belgium's De Ketelaere has six goals and six assists successful 21 appearances this term, while Dutch midfielder Koopmeiners has 9 nonstop extremity involvements to his sanction successful 20 outings.
Juventus person already registered liking successful signing Koopmeiners, and it is small astonishment fixed nan performances he has produced successful caller months.
In nan lucifer against Genoa, De Ketelaere and Koopmeiners dismantled Alberto Gilardino's broadside pinch their value and intensity, crushing their opponents successful their ain half.
While nan statement pinch Milan for nan imperishable acquisition of De Ketelaere will beryllium formalised successful nan adjacent fewer weeks, staying successful Bergamo is now considered intolerable for Koopmeiners.
His extremity connected nan play was a point of beauty, arsenic he coiled a free-kick into nan area of nan net.
De Ketelaere scored a stunner of his own, firing a left-foot volley home, arsenic he silenced nan location crowd pinch 1 of nan champion goals of nan season.
Charles de Ketelaere (left) scored a stunning volley successful Atalanta's triumph against Genoa
Teun Koopmeiners besides sewage connected nan scoresheet for Atalanta pinch a sublime free-kick
El Shaarawy is backmost to his champion nether De Rossi
The presence of Daniele De Rossi connected nan Roma chair has allowed Stephan El Shaarawy to blossom again.
His extremity against Inter demonstrated his beingness and method abilities, and offered a reminder of why he should beryllium considered 1 of nan champion players successful Serie A.
As nan minutes passed, Inter dominated and nan Roma winger, aft a superb start, collapsed physically and psychologically.
But El Sharaawy has grown immeasurably since Jose Mourinho's departure and is now an irreplaceable subordinate for Roma.
He has moved up of Nicola Zalewski successful nan pecking order, and dissimilar nan young Polish full-back, El Shaarawy carries retired nan task of balancing nan protect shape while besides providing a threat going forwards.
In nan 2nd half of Saturday's match, Roma were connected nan backmost foot, but El Shaarawy stood up and is now 1 of nan leaders successful nan broadside alongside defender Gianluca Mancini.
El Shaarawy has won complete nan Roma fans and nan unconditional spot of Daniele De Rossi. He is nary longer a selfish player, but 1 that is consenting to put nan squad up of everything else.
Stephan El Shaarawy is flourishing astatine Roma again nether Daniele De Rossi
Belotti is flying again astatine Fiorentina
In his first lucifer arsenic a starter, Andrea Belotti scored his first extremity for Fiorentina successful their 5-1 demolition of Frosinone.
The erstwhile Torino striker knowledgeable 1 of nan astir difficult moments of his profession astatine Roma, becoming reserve for Tammy Abraham and past Romelu Lukaku without ever managing to go nan starting centre-forward.
He was a peripheral fig successful nan squad, but now looks to person a caller lease of life successful a Fiorentina squad that suits his attributes perfectly.
Against Frosinone, Belotti looked backmost to location adjacent his champion pinch his crisp activity causing problems, and he took his extremity good to group Fiorentina connected their measurement to a resounding win.
It seems leaving Roma was nan champion prime for his career, and he has already go a basal beingness for Fiorentina and coach Vincenzo Italiano.
He received a lukewarm ovation from nan fans erstwhile he was substituted successful nan 2nd half, and could person a large domiciled to play arsenic Fiorentina hunt down a top-four finish.
Andrea Belotti looks to person a caller lease of life astatine Fiorentina aft leaving Roma
Salernitana paying nan value for relying connected ageing stars
Salernitana made nan superior correction of reasoning they could repetition their miraculous climb to information from 2 years agone pinch nan acquisition of world level players who person reached nan extremity of their careers.
Unfortunately successful modern football, it is difficult to prime up results erstwhile relying connected faded stars who had nan champion years of their careers a decade ago.
Jerome Boateng and Kostas Manolas flourished astatine Bayern Munich and Roma respectively, but person been worn down by excessively galore injuries and now person evident limitations.
Guillermo Ochoa and Antonio Candreva are besides good complete 30 years of age.
Sporting head Walter Sabatini has built an old, poorly assembled and supra each poorly managed team.
Filippo Inzaghi was fixed his marching orders aft Friday's 3-1 location nonaccomplishment against Empoli, and he has consistently grounded successful Serie A aft erstwhile miserable spells astatine Milan and Bologna.
But his successor, Fabio Liverani, will person a reliable task keeping Salernitana up, pinch nan squad rock-bottom and 7 points from safety.
Salernitana are paying nan value for relying connected ageing stars for illustration Jerome Boateng (pictured)
Provedel is amended than Donnarumma correct now
Sooner aliases later Luciano Spalletti will person to explicate why location are goalkeepers pinch awesome performances successful Serie A who cannot return distant Gianluigi Donnarumma's spot arsenic nan No 1 of nan Italian nationalist team.
Lazio's Ivan Provedel played 1 of nan champion matches of his profession against Cagliari, keeping retired shots from Gianluca Lapadula, Antoine Makoumbou, Gabriele Zappa, Gianluca Gaetano to thief his broadside return location each 3 points.
At 29-years-old, Provedel is experiencing nan champion infinitesimal of his career, and has been 1 of nan standout shot-stoppers successful Italy's apical flight.
Claudio Lotito's nine are negotiating nan goalkeeper's statement and nan statement for an hold until 2028 is progressively closer.
Lazio's Ivan Provedel is successful nan shape of his life astatine nan infinitesimal and deserves nationalist squad recognition
Davide Nicola fresh for different occurrence pinch Empoli
Davide Nicola's Empoli person taken 8 points successful 4 games, and now look tin of staying up aft looking doomed to relegation conscionable a fewer weeks ago.
The 3-1 triumph against Salernitana was different measurement successful nan correct direction, and Empoli person now jumped to 16th place, 2 points supra nan bottommost three.
The fantabulous commencement to 2024 has boosted nan players' morale and nan prime to bargain M'Baye Niang, powerfully supported by nan coach, was instantly rewarded.
Davide Nicola looks fresh to lead Empoli to information aft they appeared doomed conscionable weeks ago
His decisive precocious punishment connected Friday handed Empoli a captious 3 points, and nan squad are now playing without nan fearfulness that affected them successful nan opening months of nan play earlier Nicola's arrival.
Nicola has antecedently led Crotone and Salernitana to information erstwhile nan likelihood were stacked against them, and he looms fresh to do nan aforesaid astatine Empoli complete nan coming months.