What I really like of United States and in general of “Northern countries” is that when the media show to everyone that you cheated or that you lied or made something wrong, as in the Armstrong scandal, even if you swear to be absolutely innocent they punish you. You have to pay something to the public opinion, it’s a matter of morality that simply cannot be imported here in Italy, we have scam, fraud and everything else bad as no-one in this world, but you could always say: “I’m innocent, it was a pot” and you could not resign and even carry on as if nothing has never happened and someone will trust you. Unbelievable.
The next match week, the one which starts tomorrow is the most interesting so far and by far. First of all there is the mother of all the rivalry and of the arguments in the Serie A, the terrific Juventus – AS Roma.
Another glorious page of Italian football has been recently written by the volcanic Cagliari owner Massimo Cellino. He doesn’t own a stadium, he used to rent the one in Cagliari, then he had heavily criticised the local council that had failed to improve its structures, but he had failed to pay the rent…so he decided to move to the near city of Quartu Sant’Elena, but there they’ve failed since now to meet the security requirements thus they have to play without audience, but Cellino had the great idea to push his supporters to go to the stadium even though the local authorities had denied the authorization, to avoid riots or any incident, the match was put off, and now Cagliari has got this match lost 0-3 by decision of sportive justice in favour of AS Roma. Cellino is still crying that he’s been misunderstood, but there are a lot of news on his official website, and he’s attacking AS Roma because they got the match won. In a few words: it’s not his fault, it’s someone else fault. Meanwhile Cagliari is going to play the next matches at Quartu without audience or in the very far Trieste. In Serie A a tournament that has recently sold the right to broadcast its matches for over a billion of Euro, we’ve got teams without a pitch where to play. That’s inconceivable!
Anyway Juventus has got an astonishing start of season, winning against Chievo, a well organised team; SS Napoli and Lazio lost easy points; Inter and Milan have been going to the dogs. What really upsets me is that Stramaccioni, Internazionale’s manager, is so sad when he lost that you want to do something in order to cheer him up…but then you think how much he earns and stop worrying about it…Udinese has finally got a victory…and to make a slight deviation from the Italian football, I watched Bastia-PSG on Saturday, and I was really happy to acknowledge that Ancelotti is starting to get something from his team. PSG played well for the large part of the match, showing ideas and playing like a team. I am happy for the legendary Italian manager, go ahead Carletto!
The 5th match week has some really interesting match to see, remember that they’re playing tomorrow and not next week-end:
|Parma||–||Fiorentina [Match Appeal: 3/5]||18:00|
|Juventus||–||Chievo [Match Appeal: 2/5]||20:45|
|Sampdoria||–||Torino [Match Appeal: 1/5 – STAY AWAY]||12:30|
|Udinese||–||AC Milan [Match Appeal: 4/5]||15:00|
|Atalanta||–||Palermo [Match Appeal: 2/5]||15:00|
|Inter Milan||–||Siena [Match Appeal: 2/5]||15:00|
|Catania||–||Napoli [Match Appeal: 5/5 – BIG MATCH]||15:00|
|Cagliari||–||Roma [Match Appeal: 1/5 – STAY AWAY!]||15:00|
|Bologna||–||Pescara [Match Appeal: 1/5 – STAY AWAY]||15:00|
|Lazio||–||Genoa [Match Appeal: 3/5]||20:45|
The 4th match week of the 2012/13 Serie A is starting this afternoon, a week full of events, let’s sum them up shortly, 2 draws in Uefa Champions League, 1 victory and 3 draws in Uefa Europa League, while the result of FC Juventus, SS Napoli and in a certain way SS Lazio are good achievement, the others are definitely not.
First of all none of my forecasts came true, but that’s something very usual, here in Italy we aren’t in a different position in confront of the last year tournament, a prestigious achievement (Chelsea-Juventus 2-2) has been described from the Italian press as the most valuable result of all times, they just drew and journalist are describing it like a victory.
That’s the new level of the Italian football, last year when AC Milan didn’t lose with Barça it was seen like a victory too, now and then all our media are talking of these teams as real pretenders for the final. Let’s be honest for a moment, just the fact that you’re describing a draw like a victory is something weird. What’s more in my opinion what we saw yesterday is that Juventus plays really well, but lacks of a true forward, with a champion to line up in its attack perhaps yesterday’s match could have been a victory. The attack will be a problem in the coming matches, this is my point of view, but anyway Juventus made a great match for what it can. By the way astonishing goal of Oscar, the second one is a masterpiece.
On the contrary AC Milan performed really badly, a 0-0 against Anderlecht at home is something to be ashamed of. Allegri is now seen as a lame duck, but Italy Herald had already revealed when he is having is last and definite chance to not be fired (the 7th October, click here to read). I thing the reasons of this situations lay in either the club and the manager, the second one used a lot of players in the wrong position (Emanuelson, Boateng) without a clear reason, and moreover let Boateng playing without exploit the fantasy of Bojan, why? I think because the former Roma’s player was bought without is opinion, and now he’s just another salary to pay with very few chances to play. With all the respect for the players, if you put on the pitch Flamini-De Jong-Nocerino in the middle, left Bojan and El Sharawy on the bench and put Emanuelson behind Pazzini (not Drogba, Pazzini…) how many successful passages did you expect? How many chances to score? Allegri has lost the pulse of the situation…The club has its own responsibilities, because has made up a team without a clear idea, not too young, not too old, with the same high expectation (too high) and buying players just for their low prices, instead of buying them basing on their skills (someone a little bit more talented in the middle, even if not a champion could have been useful).
That’s it for now. This evening starts the first true phase of the Europa League, unusually with big expectations from the Italian clubs, at least is what they’ve said, anyway for Lazio a really tough match against Tottenham, but they’re really focused and excited after the great start in the Serie A and VIllas-Boas could be another key advantage for Lazio this evening…Napoli, let me say it honestly, should easily win, too wide the difference between the two clubs, even if Mazzarri decides to use only substitutes. Udinese is facing a negative period, and I thing that unless a miracle this evening they should aim to draw, because in my opinion they’ll lose otherwise.
Another Champions League is going to start, this is definitely my favourite tournament, the best of the best, no other competition has its complexity or its spectacularly, just remember that no-one has won it twice in a row for more than 22 years! It’s extremely difficult to prevail in this tournament and that’s why I really like it.
Unfortunately there are only two Italian teams in the first round, in the last years we had scored very few points in the European competition, especially in the Europa League, with the result of losing the third place in the ranking that Uefa draw to decide which is the best league in Europe, using the result of the clubs in the last 5 years in all European competition. In this way we have only right to 3 teams in Champions league, but Udinese failed to get through against Sporting Braga and now we have just 2 teams Juventus and AC Milan.
The last one plays today against the Belgian team Anderlecht in Milan, that’s not exactly the biggest hurdle at all, but to get a smooth way to the qualification, AC Milan needs to win. Zenit has strongly improved their team and I think they can challenge the Rossoneri for the first place. So to avoid troubles in the next matches Allegri and his team needs to get 3 points tonight. They’re facing a very tough moment in the Serie A because they lost 2 matches over 3; not a great start…My forecast AC Milan-Andrelecht: 2-1.
Juventus has its work cut out, they are going to play in London against Chelsea. To be honest Chelsea has got a stronger team, with a lot of experience in Champions, while the Italians has not. Playing straight away in London could be even worse, just remember what happened to Napoli last year…But Juventus plays very well, and has got a well definite structure since over a year and that could be useful when playing against teams like Chelsea which are more talented. Hazard will be a problem for Juventus defenders. My forecast Chelsea-Juventus: 2-0.
For example it cannot buy coherence, I have just read another boring declaration of a leftist intellectual and European MP who says that he really hopes PSG will fail to reach its targets. The name is not important, there are dozens or so statesman like this every week, what I want to know is: does it make sense criticise PSG for its wealthy using a ideological bias?
I don’t thing so. For a start a reach owner that invest a lot of money in a struggling economy should always been referred to showing respect, they’re are creating wealth, jobs and paying loads of taxes. The good aspect of football is that when a club make the lucky strike to lure a wealthy investor, that doesn’t create troubles to other clubs. Since Manchester City has been bought by the new owners, Manchester United hasn’t gone bankrupt, in fact it earns even more than in the past; and often other owners are pushed to spend more thus improving the league, the show and creating a good effect on economy in general (jobs, taxes, investment, etc.).
I understand that there is an issue with the result on the pitch when a so rich team face competitors so much poorer, but from an ideologically and economic point of view it simply doesn’t make sense.