Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Is it that time again?

It hardly seems like the grappa, spumante, chianti and montepulciano have had time to settle in my bloodstream after the World Cup and we are back into Euro action. Milan and little Chievo in the Champs League. I have pretty much written off the continental competitions this year given the loss of three of our better sides. Still, maybe I can be proved wrong.

On other notes, it looks like Luca Toni is going to stay put in Florence. I am never sure how much players want to leave and how much is stirred up by agents, newspapers and other clubs. However, it can't be denied that 30 goals a season would have left a big hole in the Viola attack. They need all the points they can get starting 19 down on the competition.

Finally, I wouldn't rule out Milan from the Scudetto reckoning just because they are starting with a points penalty. Bigger gaps have been made up in the past and even though Inter have got a title under their belt AND bought up all the best players in Italy they still never convince me. The only other contenders are Roma who might finally have some strikers to pick and are able to sign new people to the cause. It will be an odd year but definitely and exciting one - looking forward to seeing Juve, Genoa, Napoli, Bologna and other big guns fight it out in Serie B too...

3 comments:

martinobhoy said...

Can I just be the first to say then......


FORZA VIOLA!!!!!!!!

Although I still think Milan will win the Scudetto.

Spangly Princess said...

Inter do look pretty good and this morning's Corriere dello Sport suggests they're very likely to get Ibra too. Latest rumours for us include the possibility of Camoranesi,which would be cool, or maybe Diarra from Lens. Semioli looks ever less likely, specially if he plays tonight. But ultimately I fear that Milan's quality etc etc may be decisive.

I reckon B is going to be pretty interesting this season though. Read a feature on some of the neopromossi from C1, clubs who never in a million years thought they'd get to host Juve! Must be very exciting, and I mean that in a non patronising way.

a.c.t said...

I'm not so sure about Milan, we haven't started our Champions League campaign very well. Pretty poor only getting one goal away from home.