Monday, 8 October 2007

Serie A roundup

A weekend not too full of surprises, all things considered. A convincing 0-3 victory for the giallorossi at Parma yesterday put your correspondent in a sunny mood as she looked at the Ara Pacis and rootled around in an antiques market. 2 for Totti, bringing him up to 6 so far this season, one fewer than Trezeguet and Ibra; and one for Mancini. Wins for Inter at home to Napoli (2-1) and for Genoa who are looking quite tidy this season (2-0 over Cagliari) and who rise to 5th in the table. Juventus could only draw 1-1 at Fiorentina, while at the other end of the table Siena notched up their first win of the season beating Empoli 3-0 and Reggina unexpectedly managed to grab a whole precious point at Palermo (1-1).

Meanwhile Milan hilariously beat Lazio 1-5, with poor old Gila(well, rich and young but you know what I mean) suddenly remembering what he's meant to be for and scoring the 4th and 5th goal of the season. A certain individual known to some of my readers who carefully and pedantically calculates the decisivity of goals would thus dismiss this contribution, but it's better than a kick in the teeth with a wet fish, no?

Things come to a halt now for internationals, where the big news is that Donadoni has left both Del Piero and Inzaghi out of the squad... potentially controversial, but probably the right thing to do. We have to find a stable team - no signs of that yet - but we can't keep relying on players whose heyday, sadly, lies behind them. Luca Toni arrives as the Bundesliga's current top scorer and there are recalls for Lucarelli, from Shaktar Donetsk, and Lazio's midfielder Mauri. Meanwhile another full Italy call-up for our second keeper Curci who has mainly been with the under-21s previously. Due to injury or ban we will be without Cannavaro, Aquilani, Zambrotta, Materazzi, Camoranesi and Perrotta. Eek. Speriamo bene. There's Georgia on Saturday and then a friendly against South Africa in Siena next Wednesday.


Richard said...

I was relieved to see that Roma got the win yesterday. During this nightmare run of fixtures it will be vital to take any 'easy' points available.

I look ahead at the calendar and every week Inter seem to have an easy fixture while Roma have a toughie. I suppose we have to hope to stay within 4 or 5 points of them and then make the most of the downhill side of the fixture list.

ursus arctos said...

Too true, Gilardino's goals weren't worth very much on the Crespometer, and the poor kid in goal for Lazio will be having nightmares about that game for the rest of his life.

And normal service resumed in Firenze. Juve's goal so tainted by Trezeguet's very active "passive offside" that even Raineri admitted it shouldn't have been given, while Semioli gets mugged in the area by two Juventini only for the referee to give a corner.

If Del Piero can barely get a game for Juve, there is no way he should be starting for the Azzurri. And Donadoni is right in thinking that Ale is significantly more trouble than he is worth as a simple member of the squad.