Inter Milan, escaped from a crazy match against Fiorentina (4-3), Atalanta and Lazio Rome made a success of their Serie A debut on Saturday, to stay in the wheel of Juventus which passes Sunday against the Roma the first great test of the Pirlo era.
Resting one more week because of his European career this summer, Inter and his vengeful trainer Antonio Conte experienced many fears against a Fiorentina led by a gala Franck Ribéry.
It was only after the exit of the Frenchman (83rd), replaced when the Viola seemed to hold his feat in San Siro, that Inter reversed the match thanks to goals from Lukaku (87th) and D'Ambrosio (88th) .
Conte, who remained on the Milan bench to end the reign of Juventus, will have gone through all the states.
Annoyed, first, by a failed start to the match which saw Fiorentina open the scoring in the 3rd minute by Kouamé.
Then reassured by the performance of his Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez who, on his own, had already put the Milanese right side up, on a nice strike just before the break (45 + 2nd) then thanks to a center diverted into his own goal by Florentine defender Ceccherini (52nd).
- Vidal first -
Conte was then worried, but also undoubtedly admiring, facing the acceleration of the untenable Ribéry who offered two goals in quick succession to Castrovilli for the equalizer (57th) then to Chiesa for the 3-2 (63rd).
The relief, it will be only for the very end, with a team reviewed from top to bottom, the entries in particular of the rookie star Arturo Vidal, but also of Nainggolan and Hakimi.
Because this victory was also snatched thanks to the bench, one of the weak points of Inter last year compared to Juve.
Atalanta Bergamo, even if it was also led from the start, suffered less for its debut, with a convincing victory (4-2) on the ground of Torino where it had won 7-0 in January.
Gian Piero Gasperini's team have shown that they have not forgotten the offensive philosophy that opened the doors to the quarter-finals of the Champions League last year and took them to 3rd place in Serie A.
The untenable "Papu" Gomez (13th) with a strike from 20 meters, then Muriel with a pivotal strike (21st), Hateboer forgotten at the far post (42nd) and De Roon from near (54th) made the wide domination of Atalanta.
- To the happiness of the Inzaghi -
"We are stronger than last season (...) We learn a lot from European matches," said Gasperini.
Torino, where the combative Belotti, author of a double, seemed very alone, has two defeats in two matches.
Atalanta must confirm on Wednesday in Rome with its late match of the 1st day against a Lazio also well launched by his victory in Cagliari (2-0).
"We can still improve even if last season was phenomenal," said Laziale striker Ciro Immobile, last season's top scorer with 36 goals, who opened his tally by scoring the second goal.
But Lazio must especially thank his left side Adam Marusic, author of two kidneys at the origin of the two goals, the first offered to Lazzari (4th), the second to Immobile (74th).
The day was good for the Inzaghi: the promoted Benevento, coached by Filippo Inzaghi, the brother of Simone, the coach of Lazio, also managed a nice shot at Sampdoria by scoring two goals to win 3-2 over thread.
Juventus, after its successful debut on Sunday against the same Sampdoria (3-0), suffered its first real test on Sunday evening at Roma, decided for its part to launch after the defeat on the green carpet suffered in Verona.
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