I haven't posted but not because I'm sulking about losing to Juve. Though of course I am. But the fact that Chelsea Boy's internet has all the stability of Cristiano Ronaldo in a slight breeze and that, it transpires, my "flatmate" (he is never in the flat and is not much of a mate) hasn't paid the phone bill, means that I have been, and continue to be, internetless. So I am still at work, at quarter to nine, having got up at half five this morning in the UK. And for some reason am writing a blog post rather than going straight home. Who knows why.
So: Totti is still immobile, not running at all, not kicking the ball properly - lots of flicks, back-heels, using the side of his foot etc all of which mean it his foot is hurting badly - and is contributing precisely sweet fa to the team. Why oh why are we playing him when he is NOT ALRIGHT?? sigh. Taddei was unnoticeable, ditto Perrotta, and Mancini was having one of those why-am-I-hear days. We created lots of attacking opportunities but few concrete chances, there's a total lack of a decent final ball. That said we at least looked pretty organised at the back. From what I have seen (only highlights of the first half, since we didn't get to the bar til half-time) Juve didn't look that threatening, and if it hadn't been for Del Piero's inevitable brilliance at the free kick it would have been a (tedious) draw. As it is they are now just a point behind us.
Wins for Inter & Lazio just served to make the whole weekend that much more delightful. Oh, and that small matter of Arsenal looking absymal at Old Trafford. Sometimes I hate football. Only of course I don't, at all, because we're at home to Real Madrid tomorrow evening, and even though Totti is fucked and Aquilani is rowing with Panucci and Real are clearly a stronger side and we have no realistic chance of passing the turn (do we say that? I can't remember my english) I can't help hoping and dreaming. And feeling a knot of excitement in my stomach (though, on reflection, that might be hunger... I haven't really eaten anything today.)