Made In Italy: Zappacosta makes Chelsea debut, while Balotelli bags Ligue 1 brace

Made In Italy: Zappacosta makes Chelsea debut, while Balotelli bags Ligue 1

Davide Zappacosta has enjoyed a most fruitful period of late, most recently making his Chelsea debut during a 2-1 win over Leicester City. After previously making his last minute switch to West London to join up with former Italy boss Antonio Conte, the in-form full-back then also put in a superb performance during the Azzurri’s qualifying victory over Israel, before then making his first Premier League appearance on Saturday. Coming on for the final stages of the match at the King Power Stadium, Zappacosta very nearly even scored a debut goal as he flashed a fierce shot just wide of the post. An exciting English adventure may now lie ahead for the 25-year-old. Switching our attention to a pair of Premier League mainstays, neither Manolo Gabbiadini or Matteo Darmian could help their sides triumph at the weekend, despite both receiving starting roles within their respective sides. The former’s Southampton succumbed at home to Watford, while the latter’s Manchester United drew 2-2 with Stoke. On his return to Mourinho’s starting line-up however, the Italy right-back did demonstrate his obvious ability on the counter-attack.

As for action across the channel, Nice eased past Monaco on Saturday, with Mario Balotelli earning Man of the Match after scoring twice. Simone Zaza was unable to find the back of the net in La Liga, as his Valencia side drew a blank with Atletico Madrid. Meanwhile, Nicola Sansone missed out as Villarreal secured a comeback win against Real Betis.

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