Atalanta hit hard by winning (4-1) at Stadio Olimpico in Rome against Lazio on Wednesday, while Inter Milan confirmed their firepower against the fragile promoted Benevento (5-2).
With these matches late for the 1st day, moved because of European summer campaigns, the two nerazzure teams have confirmed their ambition: to try to disrupt the quest for the 10th consecutive title of Juventus, who lost their first points on Sunday to Roma .
Fearsome in front of the Roman cage in the first period, the “Dea” has materialized almost all its opportunities of the first 45 minutes to take off at the break (3-0).
But the Bergamasques had every reason to remain wary: with the same lead last year at halftime, they were joined by Lazio 3-3 in the second half.
Felipe Caicedo, reducing the mark (1-3, 57th) for the Romans, tried to stir up this memory. But Atalanta “Papu” Gomez’s playmaker quickly chased him away with a magnificent strike (1-4, 61st), to sign his second goal of the evening (his third in two days).
Atalanta, with two wins in two matches, join the top group of Napoli, Inter, Hellas Verona and AC Milan, all with 6 points.
Lazio must digest
Lazio, she will have to quickly digest this slap not necessarily deserved in view of the developed game: the Laziali welcome Inter Milan on Sunday, who have been full of confidence in the promoted Benevento.
After the initial cold sweats against Fiorentina (4-3), the scenario has this time been made much easier for Inter in the wake of a starving Romelu Lukaku and an already sharp Achraf Hakimi on his right side.
It took them less than 30 seconds to find each other, “Big Rom” victoriously taking over a cross from Hakimi. The agreement between the Belgian and the Moroccan, arrived from Borussia Dortmund, had already put Inter back in the saddle against Fiorentina and seems set to spark off this season.
Inter, thus launched, continued to martyr the fragile defense of Benevento. Gagliardini doubled the bet with a nice volley (25th) before offering Lukaku his second goal of the afternoon (28th). Hakimi then took advantage of the slowness of the defense to open his goal counter (42nd) before Lautaro Martinez, entered in the second half, scored the fifth Milan goal with a strike entering the area (71st).
“The title, an objective”
“I’m very happy with the way I have adapted to the team, although I still have some mechanics to perfect. My teammates help me a lot, ”said Hakimi.
” The title ? We are working towards this goal, we have a very good team to fight for that, ”he added.
Match too easy, however, no doubt, for Inter, which was also illustrated by guilty errors of devolution, which allowed Caprari, author of a double for Benevento, to limit the addition.
“The greatest satisfaction for a coach is to see that the idea of the game does not change beyond the performers. But we still take two goals, we have to improve the balance of the team ”, reacted Antonio Conte, who had largely changed his starting XI with the first tenures of Sanchez, Vidal and Hakimi, but also Skriniar and Vrij, back in defense.
In the last game of the day, La Spezia notched a historic victory, the first in Serie A in its history. The promoted won, at ten for almost half an hour, on the ground of Udinese (2-0). “A historic result! With the head, the pride and the heart ”, exulted the Ligurian club on Twitter.