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"Calcio!" Serie A (2021/22)


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With the transfer window over I might do a summary post of the market in Italy - or at least rate all the major teams.

 

It's been interesting because so many teams have lost major players and so many of the signings are loans, bargains, punts rather than big names - it's very hard to know exactly where everybody is at. Especially when you throw in the managerial upheaval. It does feel like there isn't a great deal between the top 7 - with the exception of Inter being favourites. This seems to be reflected in the following:

 

https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/soccer-predictions/serie-a/

 

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Although the current odds still have Juventus favourites:

https://www.oddschecker.com/football/italy/serie-a/winner

 

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3 hours ago, ponsaelius said:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/88_(number)#In_white_nationalism_and_supremacism

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2000/sep/09/newsstory.sport1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ustaše#Modern-day_Croatia

 

I mean... probably just a coincidence/faux pas. But still probably not the right club to make this number choice.

 

 

 

 

That Guardian link with Buffon - [emoji38] Ive just snorted tea out when he said nazi slurs had hurt him so was going to give up the number '88' but he initially wanted the '01' number after the General Lee car in the Dukes of Hazzard [emoji38].

 

 

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On 30/08/2021 at 12:41, Disco said:

Abraham’s goal was a belter. Real chance for him to cement an England squad place this season.

 

The Pellegrini goal (I think) was Xavi, Messi Iniesta type of goal - played into Tammy, who flicks it to Vertout, who then plays it into Pellegrini - all in about 4 seconds  - sensational goal 

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A little bit but not massively. Played a lot of football - 50 Serie A games in two seasons. Was generally decent too. More just a case of him being very old and Fiorentina looking to move on after a poor season. They cleared the decks quite a bit this summer (and had a pretty good window I thought).

 

 

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Tbf Juve were without Chiesa, Dybala, Cuadrado, Danilo, Alex Sandro and Bentancur. That's pretty much all their attacking momentum and full-backs. 

 

They've definitely got issues though. Not seen a Juve team look as weak as they did today in a long time. Ronaldo massively papered over the cracks, and the team was built around him, much to the detriment of other areas of the squad. Now, overnight, they don't even have him. 

 

But it's still too early to rule them out. Allegri could pull something together with this squad. You only have to look at the 2015/2016 season to see it would be churlish to rule them out. 

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Atalanta have probably the best squad they've ever had. So much strength in depth now. 

 

And yet somehow I can't help but feel the magic has gone. With Papu and the Ilicic of a couple of years ago you felt they could rip teams apart at any moment and break down any defence. They don't quite have that. Need more from the likes Miranchuk and Malinovskyi. 

 

 

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Glad you enjoyed it. The author is an absolute eejit like. Although his fish out of water and brash American abroad shtick probably drives the story on somewhat he absolutely did my head in at certain points. I think that's why A Season With Verona is still the better of the two.

 

Haven't got it yet as I'm waiting for the paperback but this looks a good read too - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Juve-Herbie-Sykes/dp/1787290514/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
 

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