Goodbye ‘catenaccio’: Serie A turns up the flare

Aug 30, 2019 210

BY: Andrew Dampf

A seven-goal thriller won by never-say-die Napoli over full-throttle Fiorentina. An entertaining six-goal draw between Roma and Genoa. Inter Milan's authoritative 4-0 shutout of Lecce in Antonio Conte's debut. And not a single scoreless draw. If there's anything to be learned from the opening weekend of Serie A, it's that free-flowing, attacking football may have finally arrived in the Italian league — and "catenaccio" could be history.

There were 33 goals scored over 10 matches for an average of 3.3 goals per game — considerably more than the 2.7 goals per game the league has averaged for the past two seasons. The last time Serie A averaged more than three goals per game over an entire season came in 1950-51.

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