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Mattia Destro © Gallo Images

Five talking points from the Serie A weekend



Juventus beat Empoli 1-0 to stay 15 points clear of Napoli, who thumped AS Roma 4-1 away.

The following are talking points from the weekend's Serie A action:

EMPOLI COACH GREETED BY EMPTY MEDIA ROOM

Empoli coach Aurelio Andreazzoli was given a stark reminder of how little attention is given to Serie A's smaller teams following their 1-0 defeat to Juventus.

"I guess (Juventus coach) Massimiliano Allegri has already been here, that's why there is nobody waiting," the 65-year-old said after walking into a near-deserted post-match news conference room. "There are only a couple of journalists left but they are the good ones."

Andreazzoli was sacked earlier in the season but rehired in March after his replacement Giuseppe Iachini was also dismissed.

"When I returned, it seemed the drawers had been turned upside down and everything was in the wrong order," said Andreazzoli in an apparent criticism of his replacement.

"I am trying to get things tidied up again and it will take a little time."

BOLOGNA SCORER DESTRO HURT IN GOAL CELEBRATION

Mattia Destro may have been injured during his enthusiastic goal celebration after scoring in the sixth minute of stoppage time to give Bologna a 2-1 win over Sassuolo.

After being brought on as substitute in the third minute of injury-time, Destro headed the winner from a corner before pulling off his shirt and running the entire length of the field. He was then mobbed by his teammates, who collapsed on top of him.

"I hope it’s nothing bad, because I wanted to play him in midweek," said coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, whose team visit Atalanta on Thursday.

GATTTUSO REFUSES TO CRITICISE REF OVER VAR DECISION

AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso refused to criticise the referee for denying his side a late penalty in the 1-0 defeat at Sampdoria.

Krzysztof Piatek went down in the area under a late challenge from Nicola Murru and it was not clear whether the Sampdoria player had played the ball before making contact with Piatek even after viewing the replay from several angles.

"It would be too easy to criticise the referee at this time – the referee looked at the monitor and he did not see anything. VAR is there and it is a fantastic instrument," said Gattuso, whose side a fourth with 51 points.

ANOTHER HOME DRAW FOR FIORENTINA

Fiorentina drew their fifth successive home match in all competitions when they were held 1-1 by Torino, frustrating coach Stefano Pioli.

"We’ve drawn too many matches to deserve a better place in the table," said Pioli, whose team are 10th with 38 points.

"We fought hard against a physical team and we had more chances but we weren't clinical enough. We conceded a goal because we stopped playing to protest a decision."

MAZZARRI NOT HAPPY EITHER

Torino coach Walter Mazzarri was not happy either after his side missed a chance to close the gap on the top four, who qualify for the Champions League. Torino are ninth with 45 points, six behind Milan.

"I'm not satisfied with the performance even if it is good to get a point here," he said. "We were immature, especially in the second half where we could have taken the three points if we had used our heads."

"We have to be more daring and play with more conviction."



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