Serie A leaders Inter Milan will search revenge on Sunday after they face Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio, the one staff to defeat them within the league to this point this season, however the Italian top-flight appears set to face extra fixture disruption attributable to Covid-19.
Domestic motion resumed on Thursday after a two-week winter break, however 4 of the 10 scheduled matches didn’t happen attributable to restrictions issued by the native well being authorities (ASL) of Bologna, Salernitana, Udinese and Torino.
Champions Inter have been attributable to face Bologna and travelled to the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, however there have been no opponents for them to face there because the Rossoblu squad had been ordered into quarantine attributable to rising Covid instances. The league physique’s refusal to rearrange matches has induced chaos, with one staff turning as much as every of the fixtures solely to go away once more after 45 minutes when the sport was formally deserted.
Serie A outlined a brand new protocol on Thursday that mentioned groups should fulfil their fixtures if they’ve 13 detrimental gamers born earlier than Dec 31 2003 obtainable, together with one goalkeeper, whereas any staff failing to point out up will face a 3-Zero defeat and one-point deduction. “The hope is that the ASL no longer intervene with confused and inconsistent measures which, at the moment, are creating serious damage to the Italian sports system,” learn a league assertion.
However, three extra video games are anticipated to be affected on Sunday. Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Friday that Cagliari-Bologna, Torino-Fiorentina and Udinese-Atalanta won’t be performed because the Bologna, Torino and Udinese squads stay in ASL-enforced quarantine till subsequent week.
While chaos unfolds off the pitch, there may be lots to sit up for on it as Inter put together to welcome Lazio to San Siro within the showcase fixture of the spherical. Inter coach Simone Inzaghi left Lazio in the course of the shut season after 5-1/2 years in cost. The Rome aspect got here from behind to beat Inter 3-1 in a fiery recreation on the Stadio Olimpico in October, however the setback was adopted by an enormous upturn in type from the champions.
A run of 9 wins and two attracts of their 11 Serie A outings since that evening within the capital has left Inter high of the desk, one level away from AC Milan however with a recreation in hand. The league leaders are on a run of six consecutive clear sheets, however face a stern problem to defend that file in opposition to a free-scoring Lazio aspect. With 42 objectives, Sarri’s staff are the third-top scorers in Serie A this season, solely behind Inter (49) and Milan (43), regardless of being down in eighth place.
Lazio have been inconsistent this season and commenced 2022 with an exciting 3-Three draw at home to Empoli that uncovered their defensive frailties – solely the underside 4 sides within the division have a worse file than their 37 objectives conceded.
There is one other massive recreation within the capital the place Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma aspect will look to bounce again from a disappointing 3-1 defeat at Milan with a win that might see them draw stage on factors with fifth-placed Juventus. Milan travel to lowly Venezia, whereas Napoli host Sampdoria and Andriy Shevchenko’s Genoa welcome Spezia for a doubtlessly essential recreation within the relegation battle, with 4 factors separating the 2 sides in 19th and 17th respectively.