Five things taken from Serie A match day 2

Five things taken from Serie A match day 2

There was plenty to talk about when the final whistle went on Sunday night ending match day 2 in Serie A

Cammy Anderson

The second match day of the 2016/17 Serie A season is in the books and here's five things taken away from the match day

Belotti in with a shout for Capocannoniere

While talk may be, and likely is, far too premature could Andrea Belotti be in with a shout of winning the capocannoniere

Belotti netted a hat-trick - the second in as many weeks in Serie A after Carlos Bacca scored one coincidentally against the Granata last weekend - taking his tally to four in two games as Torino smashed Bologna 5-1. 

The 22-year-old scored 12 last term in his first year with Torino and looks more than capable of surpassing it even at this early stage. 

Empoli in for a long season

There was never really any question that Empoli would struggle this term with all the departures and things are only going to get harder as the season goes on.

They were handed a relatively kind opening three facing two sides they finished above last term and have Crotone coming up after the international break but the two losses and zero goals shows that they have really failed to replace appropriately while Udinese and Sampdoria (who've both beaten the Azzurri) both have and the latter is one of four sides with a perfect record. 

Kessie an early contender for signing of the season?

When Franck Kessie arrived at Atalanta from Cesena, not even he could've envisaged the start he'd have.

He's netted three goals from central midfield  but despite his goals, Atalanta remains pointless after two games. If he keeps this form, a possible signing of the season tag could be attached come May. It has to be remembered, he is also only 19-year-old and this is his first Serie A season.

Kessie and teammate Jasmin Kurtic celebrate | Photo: GettyImages
Kessie and teammate Jasmin Kurtic celebrate | Photo: GettyImages

The encounter with Torino will be a tasty one with Torino playing some very good football under Sinisa Mihajlovic while Atalanta have arguably just been unlucky despite playing well.

Cirque du Milan?

For starters, Milan saw two reds in the game with Napoli, Juraj Kucka recieved a second yellow for a stupid tackle on Dries Mertens while Mbaye Niang pushed/wrestled Pepe Reina to the floor as the Spaniard was ready to launch an attack and recieved his second yellow and marching orders as a result.

Things only got more comical later on. With Milan already trailing 3-2, in an attempt to save himself the embarassment of an own-goal as he connected with Lorenzo Insigne's ball across the box sending it goalwards, Alessio Romagnoli tried to save the ball by diving towards the goal with the intention of pushing it back out. His "valiant" attempt would see him clear it right to Jose Callejon who would tap home from yards out in a moment that had everybody within the San Paolo confused. The goal stood and Romagnoli was subsequently handed a yellow.

Romagnoli's save | Photo: Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images
Romagnoli's "save" | Photo: Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images

Inter can't afford to mess around next time out

A managerial change is never easy, let alone 10 days before the start of the season but Inter need to forget that and get cracking sooner rather than later. They fell to Chievo Verona and went behind to Palermo, albeit through a wicked deflection and have just a point to show where it probably should've been an easy six on paper.

After the international break, a trip to Pescara's Stadio Adriatico awaits and if Inter's performances are anything to go by, they'll be in for a hard time against the promoted delfini who've performed well on their return to the top flight. 

New signings Joao Mario and Gabigol will be at Frank de Boer's disposal and Cristian Ansaldi will likely be back from injury, and he in turn will solve the full back dilemma Inter have had for the past fewyears, or atleast thats what the Nerazzurri faithful hope.

Joao Mario was unveiled to Inter fans before kick-off on Sunday, pictured here with Javier Zanetti | Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images
Joao Mario was unveiled to Inter fans before kick-off on Sunday, pictured here with Javier Zanetti | Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images