COVID-19 cases in Serie A so far

There are 163 cases of COVID-19 in Serie A, take a glance at the impact coronavirus has had on the teams within the Italian top flight.

The total number increased to 163 cases of coronavirus after the newest updates regarding Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur and Spezia goalkeeper Ivan Provedel.

Sky Sport Italia reports the list of players and coaches for every team that has contracted the virus since the start of the pandemic.

Check out the list below, including the false positive tests:

Atalanta: 10

Josip Ilicic (recovered)

Marco Sportiello (recovered)

Pierluigi Gollini (recovered)

Duvan Zapata (recovered)

Gian Piero Gaspeini (recovered)

Marco Carnesecchi (recovered)

Ruslan Malinovskiy (recovered)

Aleksej Miranchuk (recovered)

Robin Gosens (false positive)

Cristiano Romero (false positive)

Benevento: 5

Three unconfirmed players (all recovered)

Bryan Dabo (recovered)

Pasquale Schiattarella (recovered)

Bologna: 3

Sinisa Mihajlovic (recovered)

Aaron Hickey (recovered)

Federico Ravaglia (recovered)

Cagliari: 13

Filip Bradaric (recovered)

Luca Ceppitelli (recovered)

Alberto Cerri (recovered)

Kiril Despodov (recovered)*

Diego Godin (recovered)

Giovanni Simeone (recovered)

Nahitan Nandez (recovered)

Gaston Pereiro (recovered)

Adam Ounas (recovered)**

Ragnar Klavan (recovered)

Simone Aresti (recovered)

Niccolo Cabras (recovered)

Andrea Carboni (recovered)

* currently at Ludogorets

** currently at Crotone

Crotone: 2

Salvatore Molina (recovered)

Denis Dragus (recovered)

Fiorentina: 8

Dusan Vlahovic (recovered)

Patrick Cutrone* (recovered)

German Pezzella (recovered)

Martin Caceres (recovered)

Erick Pulgar (recovered)

Riccardo Sottil (recovered)**

Jose Callejon (recovered)

Cesare Prandelli (false positive)

* currently at Valencia

** currently at Cagliari

Genoa: 18

Mattia Perin (recovered)

Lasse Schone (recovered)*

Federico Marchetti (recovered)

Ivan Radovanovic (recovered)

Luca Pellegrini (recovered)

Davide Zappacosta (recovered)

Filippo Melegoni (recovered)

Lukas Lerager (recovered)

Francesco Cassata (recovered)

Marko Pjaca (recovered)

Davide Biraschi (recovered)

Domenico Criscito (recovered)

Valon Berahmi (recovered)

Petar Brlek (recovered)

Miha Zajc (recovered)

Mattia Destro (recovered)

Darian Males (recovered)

Cristian Zapata (recovered)

* currently at Heerenveen

Inter: 10

Alessandro Bastoni (recovered)

Radja Nainggolan (recovered)*

Milan Skriniar (recovered)

Roberto Gagliardini (recovered)

Ionut Radu (recovered)

Ashley Young (recovered)

Achraf Hakimi (false positive)

Marcelo Brozovic (recovered)

Daniele Padelli (recovered)

Aleksandar Kolarov (recovered)

* currently at Cagliari

Juventus: 9

Daniele Rugani (recovered)*

Blaise Matuidi (recovered)**

Paulo Dybala (recovered)

Cristiano Ronaldo (recovered)

Weston McKennie (recovered)

Juan Cuadrado (recovered)

Matthijs de Ligt (recovered)

Alex Sandro (recovered)

Rodrigo Bentancur (in isolation)

* currently at Cagliari

** currently at Inter Miami

Lazio: 4

Vedat Muriqi (recovered)

Ciro Immobile (recovered)

Luiz Felipe (recovered)

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (recovered)

* In October last year Lazio announced positive cases within the team group, without making the amount or names of the players official

Milan: 12

Daniele Maldini (recovered)

Sandro Tonali (recovered)*

Leo Duarte (recovered)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (recovered)

Matteo Gabbia (recovered)

Gianluigi Donnarumma (recovered)

Jens Petter Hauge (recovered)

Stefano Pioli (recovered)

Ante Rebic (recovered)

Hakan Calhanoglu (recovered)

Theo Hernandez (false positive)

* was still at Brescia

Napoli: 7

Andrea Petagna (recovered)

Piotr Zielinski (recovered)

Eljif Elmas (recovered)

Elseid Hysaj (recovered)

Amir Rrahmani (recovered)

Victor Osimhen (recovered)

Fabian Ruiz (recovered)

Parma: 6

Six unconfirmed players

Roma: 14

Antonio Mirante (recovered)

Carles Perez (recovered)

Bruno Peres (recovered)

Justin Kluivert (recovered)*

Amadou Diawara (recovered)

Riccardo Calafiori (recovered)

Lorenzo Pellegrini (recovered)

Edin Dzeko (recovered)

Gianluca Mancini (false positive)

Federico Fazio (recovered)

Davide Santon (recovered)

Marash Kumbulla (recovered)

Nicola Zalewski (recovered)

Nicolo Zaniolo (recovered)

* currently at RB Leipzig

Sampdoria: 8

Manolo Gabbiadini (recovered)

Omar Colley (recovered)

Fabio Depaoli (recovered)*

Bartosz Bereszynski (recovered)

Albin Ekdal (recovered)

Morten Thorsby (recovered)

Antonino La Gumina (recovered)

Keita Balde (recovered)

* currently at Benevento

Sassuolo: 6

Jeremie Boga (recovered)

Nicolas Schiappacasse (recovered)

Jeremy Toljan (recovered)

Lukas Haraslin (recovered)

Filip Djuricic (recovered)

Federico Ricci (recovered)

Spezia: 9

Two unconfirmed players (both recovered)

Riccardo Marchizza (recovered)

Giulio Maggiore (recovered)

Martin Erlic (recovered)

Gennaro Acampora (recovered)

Matteo Ricci (recovered)

Simone Bastoni (recovered)

Ivan Provedel (in isolation)

Torino: 15

13 unconfirmed players (six have recovered, eight positive)

Marco Giampaolo (recovered)*

Antonio Sanabria (recovered)

* former coach, sacked in January 18, 2021

Verona: 4

Mattia Zaccagni (recovered)

Koray Gunter (recovered)

Antonin Barak (recovered)

Darko Lazovic (recovered)

IFAB changed handball rule

The IFAB has revised the handball rules, confirming the ‘accidental handball resulting in a teammate scoring a goal will not be an offence’.

The International Football Association Board is that the only body liable for changing the principles and has released a press release of the revised handball rules from this July.

“As the interpretation of handball incidents has not always been consistent thanks to incorrect applications of the Law, the members confirmed that not every touch of a player’s hand /arm with the ball is an offence,” the statement said.

“In terms of the criterion of the hand/arm making a player’s body ‘unnaturally bigger’, it had been confirmed that referees should still use their judgement in determining the validity of the hand/arm’s position in reference to the player’s movement therein specific situation.

“Following this clarification, it’s a handball office if a player:

– deliberately touches the ball with their hand/arm, for instance moving the hand/arm towards the ball;

– touches the ball with their hand/arm when it had made their body unnaturally bigger. A player is taken into account to possess made their body unnaturally bigger when the position of their hand/arm isn’t a consequence of, or justifiable by, the player’s body movement for that specific situation. By having their hand/arm in such an edge , the player takes a risk of their hand/arm being hit by the ball and being penalised; or

– scores within the opponents’ goal: directly from their hand/arm, albeit accidental, including the goalkeeper; or immediately after the ball has touched their hand/arm, albeit accidental.

“Accidental handball that results in a teammate scoring a goal or having a goal-scoring opportunity will not be considered an offence.”

Suning considering Fortress offer

According to Il Sole 24 Ore, Suning is considering a €250m bid from Fortress that might allow the corporate to stay a majority stake within the club.

Suning is trying to find “suitable partners” to support Inter financially and consistent with reports in Italy, the Zhang family could sell a majority or minority stake within the club.

BC Partners are in talks to require over the club, but British fund’s offer isn’t the sole one that Suning is considering.

Economic paper Il Sole 24 Ore reports Fortress has recently placed a €250m bid that might allow Suning to stay a majority stake within the club.

Fortress would pay the fee in two instalments. Bain Capital Credit has also made an identical approach, consistent with the report.

Suning value the club at €1 billion and BC Partners has offered €700-800m to accumulate a majority stake within the club, a proposal that Suning seems reluctant to simply accept .

The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia is additionally reported to be considering a bid, but the economic paper claims there are not any concrete negotiations between the 2 parties.

Conte calls himself ‘a democratic coach’

Antonio Conte maintains he’s ‘a democratic coach’ and wanting to create competition for places within his Inter squad, spurring Alexis Sanchez and Achraf Hakimi to offer more, and won’t hide from Scudetto talk.

The Nerazzurri needed a pair of Alexis Sanchez goals within the last half to overcome the Stadio Tardini, beating Parma 2-1.

It allows them to travel six points beyond Milan at the highest of the Serie A table with their sixth consecutive victory.

Conte knew it might be tough, which is why the sole player he rested from his usual XI was Lautaro Martinez.

“I don’t think it had been an unsightly game, as we scored two goals and had many other chances to increase our lead,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.

“Having said that, we all know Parma always caused us problems, they need strong players and a superb coach. They were trying to draw us out then split us in two with knock-downs from Juraj Kucka.

“Parma deserve compliments and that i think they need everything required to save lots of themselves this season. I said that Genoa and Parma would be the test of our maturity, because we would have liked to sharpen our talons and show determination in every fixture, not just the large ones.

“We conceded an avoidable goal, but aside from that, I don’t think Samir Handanovic made many big saves.”

In the final minutes, Conte grabbed Achraf Hakimi by the side of the top , shouted in his face and slapped him on the rear of the top , all of it a really passionate congratulations.

“He was fantastic in stoppages, he visited press the Parma player and push him out of a zone , so I wanted to grab him by the top and say Bravo! These players are working really hard, showing application and learning the teachings .”

Just as Christian Eriksen managed to surpass Arturo Vidal within the hierarchy , Conte is encouraging competition for places.

“I think that I’m a really democratic coach, so I give nothing for free of charge and that i am patient to a particular degree. we’ve a team and therefore the individual comes then , so everyone has got to think therein sense if they need to urge along side me.

“I’ve found a gaggle of lads who are eager and willing to fight for every other. Hakimi is an example, one among many, as sometimes he would attack and forget to defend, so he cooled his heels on the bench for a couple of games. He learned.

“Darmian replaced Hakimi last week and that i think he was Man of the Match against Genoa.”

Alexis Sanchez replaced Lautaro Martinez tonight and scored his first brace within the Inter jersey.

“As I said, he’s within the best condition we’ve ever seen him at the instant . We were patient with him too. He knows only diligence will take him to a particular level, and now Romelu and Lautaro know that Sanchez is true behind them too. It’s important for us to make these situations with competition for places.

“Don’t forget for a year-and-a-half we had to hold on with just Lukaku and Lautaro, nobody else. We had Sebastiano Esposito last season, he’s now in Serie B at Venezia.

“I’ve never had any choices to form here. I just had to wish and hope nobody got injured. Now I even have some choice and it’s an exquisite feeling.

“The players know I’m democratic, i select who deserves it and that they all feel they’re involved during this project.”

Inter are six points beyond Milan, with Juventus even further back, so are they deed with the Scudetto?

“We are during a excellent position, certainly a huge improvement from last season, but we also know every game may be a battle and that we can drop points against anyone. that’s why we must not ever underestimate any opponent.

“We want to try to to our greatest . If our greatest means we are here at the top of the season, we’ll be very happy and proud, because it’ll mean we’ve made incredible leaps forward during a very short period of your time .”

D’Aversa thinks Parma deserved a draw

Roberto D’Aversa insists Parma ‘certainly weren’t embarrassed by the Serie A leaders’ during a 2-1 home defeat to Inter, but made ‘avoidable errors.’

The Ducali did get a goal back through Hernani, but were unable to overturn the 2-0 deficit from an Alexis Sanchez brace.

“We finished within the ir half and did alright in the first hour too, so Parma certainly weren’t embarrassed by the Serie A leaders,” D’Aversa told Sky Sport Italia.

“The regrets are that they scored with basically our accidental pass then a conceptual error on the counter, which we shouldn’t have done, knowing how good Conte is on the counter-attack.

“The fact we played on level terms with the Serie A leaders should give us more confidence, but on the opposite hand we still make these banal errors. If we avoid them, then we will get far better results.

“There were situations in our favour that we didn’t make the foremost of, as we had the primary real shot on goal and made a Samir Handanovic save.

“We must learn from Inter, because if players like Romelu Lukaku put therein determination and work-rate, then ours need to follow that example. It’s just a pity that we play on level terms with the leaders and still head home empty-handed.

“In our last three games, we’ve always finished with a crescendo which suggests good fitness levels too. If we analyse the goals, then we should always be bringing home full results, but we make avoidable mistakes.

“We should’ve done better especially with the second goal, but a number of our players don’t have that sense of impending danger. When Inter get the ball and run into open space, they’re devastating.”

Their await a Serie A victory is now extended to 16 rounds and that they remain in penultimate place.

“It’s not a simple situation, but tonight’s game must show us we will fight to the eleventh hour of the last match for our target of Serie a security .”