Serie A power rankings: great players Atalanta and Sassuolo; Naples and AC Milan neck and neck for first place
After this full roster of Serie A matches in the middle of the week, Napoli and AC Milan remain in the lead while Atalanta BC and Sassuolo were the big drivers in the first half of the table. Further down, Salernitana is out of the bottom for the first time in a long time.
Our rankings in 10 matches.
1. Naples (-)
The Partenopei made a 3-0 victory over Bologna easy, as Lucian Spalletti’s men remain a force to be reckoned with at the top.
2. Milan (-)
Stefano Pioli’s Rossoneri secured another victory, this time a 1-0 win over Turin to stay behind Napoli.
3. Inter (-)
A 2-0 win over Empoli keeps defending champions Simone Inzaghi in sight for UEFA Champions League spots, but another title quickly fades as Napoli and Milan continue to step up.
4. Roma (-)
Jose Mourinho’s men left him late to beat Cagliari 2-1 in Sardinia, but they remain in contention for the UCL and now have the chance to stop Milan in their tracks.
5. Atalanta (+3)
A 3-1 victory over Sampdoria which keeps them moving after a mixed start to the season which has not always seen them so prolific.
6. Lazio (-)
It might have been just a narrow 1-0 win over Fiorentina, but Viola have been an improved team this quarter and Maurizio Sarri’s men have been inconsistent at inappropriate times.
7. Juventus (-2)
An unexpected 2-1 loss to Sassuolo brought Massimiliano Allegri’s men back from their recent solid form and they now need to get back on their way to victory against a delicate Verona side.
8. Fiorentina (-1)
Lazio have already claimed a few notable scalps so far this season, such as Inter and Roma, so there is not too much shame for Vincenzo Italiano to see his side fall in the capital.
9. Sassuolo (+5)
Their 2-1 away win at Juve gives them a significant rebound in the standings with Empoli at home, another winnable game to come.
10. Verona (-)
Udinese have been tough to beat this season at times, so it was no surprise that this one ended in a dead end between the two, but an injured Juve could be dangerous for Igor Tudor’s side this week. -end.
11. Udinese (-2)
A decent draw against an improving Verona side that keeps Luca Gotti’s men reasonably well positioned ahead of a hollow trip to face Inter.
12. Empoli (-)
No response from a top Inter side, but Empoli will have their sights set on other games as they continue to earn points that keep them out of danger.
13. Turin (-1)
A close loss to AC Milan makes them lose a bit, but it was a close affair which could mean Turin has an easier time securing the result against a struggling Sampdoria this weekend.
14. Bologna (-1)
Another heavy loss which is something of a theme when they lose and Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men have lost conceding three or more four times already this season.
15. Venice (-)
A controversial 2-1 home loss to Salernitana who has the president in his arms and draws Paolo Zanetti’s side into the relegation fight.
16. Sampdoria (-)
Completely beaten by Atalanta this weekend, Roberto D’Aversa’s men must improve against Turin, or he could be out of work.
17. Spezia (-)
The 1-1 draw with Genoa will have been more welcome for Thiago Motta than for Davide Ballardini as he keeps his neck above water – fair.
18. Salerno (+2)
Basically after their 2-1 victory over Venezia and suddenly more competitive in Serie A under Stefano Colantuono.
19. Genoa (-)
Winless since a 3-2 win at Cagliari, it seems there is only one worse-off side in the league than Grifone.
20. Cagliari (-2)
Unlucky to lose 2-1 to Roma late, but Walter Mazzarri has to start scoring points and soon.