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Matchday one facts and stats - Serie A

Serie A round up: 5 facts and stats from matchday one

August 26, 2019 By Michelle Bonsu
Matchday one is now finished. Here's five interesting facts and stats to cap off the first ten games of the 2019/2020 Serie A season.

After three days of end to end action, matchday one of the 2019/2020 Serie A season is now done and dusted.

As expected, there wereplenty of goals all over Italy. Some games had more, some had less, and some fans were left a bit more entertained than others. There are some star players still waiting to open their accounts, while some new signings have already gotten off the mark.

So without further ado, here are five things we learned from matchday one as all ten games have finally been completed.

1. Conte off to a raring start

Inter have made some huge changes this summer. Luciano Spalletti is out as they've brought in a new face on the tactician's bench. Antonio Conte is back in Serie A for another spell after leaving Chelsea, and he's already off to a roaring start. The ex-Juve boss is now hoping to help Inter return to their former glories and end La Vecchia Signora's reign as the no. 1 side in Italy, and so far, so good.

Against his hometown club Lecce, Inter cruised to a very comfortable 4-0 win, and in doing so, Conte put himself in some very esteemed company:

Inter fans will hope obviously he can continue in this vein of form, naturally.

2. Miserable season opener for AC Milan...sign of things to come?

Meanwhile, Inter's cross-town rivals AC Milan also may have a new coach on the bench, but it looks like it's going to be a long season for Marco Giampaolo. The Rossoneri ended up losing 1-0 to Udinese and are not featuring in Europe after they were kicked out of the Europa leage after falling afoul of Financial Fair Play.

To make matters worse, the Diavolo matched a rather unwanted record as well this weekend:

Giampaolo will need to get his team in order - fast if Milan want to get back on track quickly. Losing their season opener is not the way he really envisioned starting life as coach of the Rossoneri, certainly.

3. Opening day is proving to be kryptonite for Milan

That being said, Giampaolo isn't alone in losing his first game as Milan's coach...as this stat shows:

So clearly, something has been going wrong for the Rossoneri for quite some time, indeed.

4. A personal milestone for a veteran defender

Many figured it would be Cristiano Ronaldo being decisive for Juventus against a stubborn Parma, but it was another star who ultimately proved to be the decision-maker. That's what's really impressive about the Bianconeri and makes them really the most dangerous team in Italy. They can get goals from anywhere.

And when people say anywhere, it's really anywhere. No, it wasn't Paulo Dybala - who ultimately had to settle for a spot on the bench, or Gonzalo Higuain, who featured, but was largely ineffective. But rather, veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini, who grabbed the game's only goal midway through the first half.

Chiellini's goal also turned out to be a huge personal milestone for the veteran, too, as this stat shows:

5. There were no scoreless stalemates

Although Parma, Milan, Cagliari, Sampdoria, and Lecce all failed to score, there were no games that finished as scoreless stalemates on matchday one. The highest scoring game was Fiorentina-Napoli, which saw a whopping seven goals scored as the Partenopei beat the Viola 4-3, followed by Roma and Genoa playing to a six-all draw.

 

 


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