A date with destiny for both Chelsea and Napoli, who will do battle at Stamford Bridge for a place
in the last 8 of the Champions League. In winter 1066 Harold Godwinson was thrust to the fore and
took the throne of Anglo-Saxon England after the death of his predecessor Edward the Confessor. His
reign was rather short lived and he died in the Battle of Hastings later that year â€“ he earned
In the round of 16's final games, Qasa Alom looks ahead to Bayern Munich trying to avenge last
seasons' Final loss at the hands of Inter, and Jose Mourinho attempting to prove why he's called
the Special One ...again. Eto'o rolls the ball out to the left wing where Diego Milito lurks, like
a predator he strolls towards the goal in the most calm and composed fashion.
After consecutive hard fought away victories in the Champions league that have left them topping
the group, midweek European encounters have proved to be a welcome break from Internazionale's
disastrous domestic campaign. A 2-1 defeat to bitter rivals Juventus last weekend means that the
Serpenti are flirting dangerously with the relegation zone and a massive eleven points from the top
1) They're baaaaaack! And probably better than ever. The Champions have had a sluggish start to the
season, but the biggest shock was not the high profile losses against Napoli and Juventus
themselves, but the manner in which they were utterly outplayed by both pretenders and looked
Champions AC Milan are back to their brilliant best after an utterly dominant 3-0 victory against
Palermo. Massimiliano Allegri stated prior to the match that Milan had to "get three points" above
all else, but what he got was far more important. Accomplished performances from the midfield new
boys Nocerino and Alberto Aquilani, a stunning comeback from Brazilian Robinho, doubts over
Inspired performances by Andrea Pirlo and Antonio Cassano lead Italy to a memorable 3-0 victory
over an ordinary Northern Ireland side in Pescara. Qasa Alom reports AC Milan's Antonio Cassano was
warned prior to the match that this would be his last chance in the national set-up after offensive
comments to a journalist last week â€“ and FantAntonio really didn't disappoint with a brilliant
The Time Is Napoli! Italy's two premier sides went head to head in the peninsula's showcase match
of Week 2. Both the Partenepoi and Rossoneri earned respectable draws against hotly fancied
opposition in Manchester City and Barcelona respectively midweek, were coming into the Sao Paolo
clash with injury concerns.
With contract negotiations between Milan's senatori and the management set to be resolved tomorrow.
Qasa Alom prepares himself for a new era at Via Turati, and looks back at some of the finer moments
in the last decade. "I hope this win can open up a whole new era for Milan. My own journey is
almost at an end, but when a club invests in top players, it will win" Rino Gattuso May 2011.
The eight remaining teams in Europe's premier competition go head to head and the tie could not
have come at a better â€“ or worse â€“ time for Italy's last hope Internazionale. Qasa Alom looks
ahead to this week's action The reigning European champions have been in heroic form recently,
epitomized by their last gasp victory over Bayern Munich in the last round of the Champions League
as well as.
With the new found optimism for Italy's goalkeeping future beyond Gigi Buffon being highlighted
yesterday,Â Qasa Alom takes a moment to reflect on the strange and sad tale of Federico Marchetti.
As another International break draws to an end, it seems that Cesare Prandelli's new look youthful
Italian national team have answered many questions and passed scrutiny with aplomb.
As part of our week long build up to arguably this seasons' title decider, Qasa Alom looks at why
Inter manager Leonardo's past ties to Milan make this more than just a derby "He's not that kind of
player..." It is a phrase synonymous with brutish defenders such as Ryan Shawcross after his
reckless challenge broke Aaron Ramsey's leg â€“ even though he did something quite similar to.
Serie A's last hope on the continent Inter return to Germany to face Schalke as the nerazzuri aim
to reach the semi finals of Europe's premier cup competition two years consecutively for the first
time since 1967. Perspective; It's a curious concept that allows you to view something and from it
draw two completely contrasting conclusions.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's cheeky punch has resulted in a 3-match ban. Qasa Alom argues that it could be
the big Swede's most telling contribution for the Serie A push... It's just gone the hour mark on a
cold night in Rome, and after a slow start I Lupi â€“ six points clear at the top of the table and
facing second placed Milan â€“ are starting to turn the screw and threaten to take the lead.
Milan's away match against Juventus was supposed to be a huge test of theirÂ minerals. Qasa Alom
evaluates what we learnt about the rossoneri in their bid for an 18th scudetti. 1. Thiago Silva
cannot afford to be pushed up into midfield against Spurs. When Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva
play together â€“ Milan do not concede goals.
As AC Milan host Tottenham Hotspurs in the round of 16 first leg, QasÃ¡ Alom highlights why all
eyes will be on Ibra... Zlatan Ibrahimovic has an enviable domestic record that's seen him win
league titles seven years consecutively*, for four different teams and in the process scoring 112
goals in 211 appearances.
Fiorentina shocked the Rosanero in an open affair to celebrate their first away win of the season.
Qasa Alom reports... â€˜Meh' is probably the most fitting interjection for Fiorentina this
season.... they sit in 10th place, with a +1 goal difference, 8 wins, 8 draws Â and (yup you've
guessed it) 8 losses to their name.
AC Milan maintained their 4 point lead at the top of the table after a 2-0 victory at home to
Cesena. Qasa Alom reports... Back in week 2 Cesena made the dream start to life in Serie A,
defeating Milan to sit pretty at the top of the table, whilst many doubts loomed over the work
ethic and cohesion of Milan's attack.
A memorable round for the Italian clubs who took seven points from a possible nine to place
themselves in good positions for progression into the knock-out stages. Inter Milan have had a
torrid start to their domestic season. Following a shock loss to Turkish minnows Trabzonspor in
Champions League and the dismissal of Provincial manager Gian Piero Gasperini, the European
Champions of 2010 earned.
With a run of 4 draws and only 3 wins so far, it's fair to say that 2011 has not started quite how
Milanisti envisaged it to. Qasa Alom ponders whether a change of formation could bring about a
resurgence of form. Taking a look at the form tables from around the continent at the moment, there
are three teams in particular who stand out; Napoli maintain their good form to remain in second
Napoli failed to close the gap on Serie A leaders Milan after a goalless draw at home against a
resurgent Fiorentina in the Saturday early kick-off match. Qasa Alom reports. Coming into the
match, Napoli were full of confidence after a marvellous 3-0 victory over Juventus last weekend
that propelled them into second place and received wordwide praise.
After a 1-1 draw with Bologna, Fiorentina find themselves languishing in 16th place a mere 6 points
from bottom of the tabe. Qasa Alom looks at whether la Viola have what it takes to beat the drop...
Alberto Gilardino is a man who earned his salt scoring goals from scraps and half-chances to keep
Parma in Serie A two seasons consecutively, but I doubt that when he signed for Milan and
AC Milan extend their lead at the top of the table to 5 points as rivals fall. Qasa Alom reports.
Strong headlines abounded in a game that had little else on display. Juventus's shock defeat to
Parma gave Milan the chance to capitalize; both managers faced former clubs, with Roberto Donadoni
against the club of his playing years and Allegri against the club where he won il Albo Panchina.