Serie A is back: Five reasons to get excited

The Uefa Nations League is now nothing but a memory and Serie A is finally back. The break only lasted two weeks but it felt like a lifetime.

Here are five things we’ll be keeping an eye on this weekend.

Argentinian firepower


The last three seasons have seen Mauro Icardi and Gonzalo Higuaín score a combined 175 Serie A goals. This season so far? Not a single one.

Icardi is Inter’s leader and they need him to be on top form, along with new partner Lautaro Martínez, if they are to recover from a shaky start to the season. Higuaín, meanwhile, is still waiting to open his Milan account after a summer move from Juventus.

Is this the weekend they get off the mark? If we were Parma or Cagliari, we’d be very worried.

The real Napoli


Two convincing comeback wins against Lazio and Milan, then a collapse against Sampdoria. Who are the real Napoli? What are Carlo Ancelotti’s team made of?

The fixture list has handed Napoli a harsh start to the season and Fiorentina are up next. Still, we’re getting mixed messages from the side so far.

Maybe Saturday’s game will tell us more.

Are you really Cristiano Ronaldo?

Everybody is waiting. Mister €117m. CR7. The most expensive player in Serie A history remains goalless.

Cristiano Ronaldo is just a few games into his Juventus career but, for him, three games without a goal is something of a drought.

It’s time to get the monkey off his back against Sassuolo before the Champions League begins next week.

Does De Zerbi have all the answers?


Sassuolo have started the season brilliantly, picking up seven points from their opening three games.

Nobody expected that.

Now? Now they have to play Juventus. Time to show what you’re about.

Pippo’s treading water


Bologna’s start to the season may well have been the season’s biggest disappointment so far. They are yet to score a single goal and their only point so far came against lowly Frosinone.

It’s time to pick up before it’s too late and Filippo Inzaghi is left looking for another job.