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Italians Abroad Week 2 – Winners and Losers

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Yes that’s right the Italian’s Abroad segment is officially back! Did you miss it?

Each week we review how key Italian’s performed, or didn’t perform for their respective clubs. First off lets take a look at those who performed well this week:

Antonio Conte – Chelsea

A lot of credit has to be given to Conte this season as he looks to avoid a Mourinho like post championship season.

After losing their opening game shockingly to Burnley, Conte demand an uplift from his squad and his players aptly responded in kind we an outstanding performance against Spurs.

This week was no different as Chelsea comfortably defeated Everton 2-0 in what can only be viewed as the champions getting back on track.

Conte returned Cesc Fabregas to the line up who delivered with a brilliant opener, and Alvaro Morata showed why Chelsea forked out so much for his services.

Eyes will be closely monitoring Conte and his approach for the rest of the season.

Thiago Motta – PSG

A surprise selection in this esteemed batch but it is hard to ignore a defensive midfielder notching a goal in a squad that possess a plethora of attacking stars such as Cavani, Neymar, Draxler & Di Maria.

Motta was his usual rigid self protecting his back line and distributing play in the absence of another Italian Verratti who is currently serving a  3 match ban.

Add in a goal in PSG’s 3-0 route of St Etienne to round off a positive weekend.

Short of the mark:

Manolo Gabbiadini – Southampton 

A solid display from Gabbiadini who opened his account for this season last week.

However he had a frustrated, isolated afternoon. His link up play with Mario Lemina another Serie A arrival showed his ability. Not his best and more is sure to come.

Zaza – Valenica

Almost helped his side beat the all conquering Real Madrid were it not for the brilliance of Marco Asensio (seriously have you seen his first goal?)

Zaza has established himself in the first team, something he has struggled with in his previous teams (Juventus and West Ham)

However despite not getting onto the score sheet he was able to give the Real Madrid defence enough problems throughout the match.

Italians who didn’t feature:

Andrea Raggi – Monaco

Marco Verratti – PSG

Mario Balotelli – Nice

Join us after the international break when we return for more reviews.

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