Juventus cruised to a 2-0 win over struggling Empoli in Serie A on Saturday to go 10 points clear at the summit and pile the pressure on Roma ahead of their trip to Inter. The result was not as comfortable as it should have been given Juve's complete domination, but they eventually made the most of their superiority in the second half and extended their lead at the top of the table, with closest challengers Roma facing a tough journey to San Siro on Sunday. Juve unsurprisingly controlled the game from start to finish and could not be accused of failing to create enough chances, but their finishing let them down in what was a wasteful first-half showing.
AS Roma have struck a deal with city officials over building a new stadium in the Italian capital, opening the way for a project meant to boost the Serie A soccer club's revenue. The 52,500-seat Stadio Della Roma, to be built in the city's south-west, was originally set to open in the current season but has faced years of delays as the club waited for approval. The agreement, reached late on Friday, marks a welcome victory for Rome's beleaguered mayor, Virginia Raggi, and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, whose leadership of the city has been plagued by party infighting, resignations and scandals since winning municipal elections last year.
It has been almost 18 months since the Edin Džeko packed his bags and departed the Premier League. After all, this is a man who played a key role in both of Manchester City’s title winning seasons in 2011/12 and 2013/14, most notably, of course, scoring the first of two stoppage time goals in the unforgettable 3-2 win against QPR in the 11/12 season. Džeko was outstanding in filling the boots of an injured Sergio Aguero at the end of the 13/14 season scoring 16 times in 31 games, including consecutive braces at Goodison Park against Everton and at home to Aston Villa a few days later, taking them above Liverpool at the summit going into the final game. Already playing second fiddle to Aguero limited his game time, but the signing of Wilfried Bony in January 2015, and the emergence of Stefan Jovetić saw him drop down the pecking order, which led to his departure.