Monday, October 08, 2007

Et tu, Juve?

A bit like every superhero needs his nemesis, Fiorentina need their game with Juve every year. After the Bianconeri's brief sabbatical in Serie B it was great to have them back in the Artemio Franchi on Sunday. Oh, and how we laughed at all the old themes revisited! Moggi or no Moggi, it was classic Juve.

David Trezeguet runs in front of Frey in a clearly offside position while Vincenzo Iaquinta gives La Vecchia Signora the lead. And the goal stands! Then, two Juventini scythe down Semioli in the penalty box and the referee waves play-on. Brilliant! Still, maybe things have changed, Fiorentina got a penalty to equalise, what an enjoyable rumble.

Elsewhere, Roma got back to fine winning ways while Milan humiliated Lazio. I had to feel sorry for their young goalkeeper who had a dreadful night but it was good to see Gilardino get amongst the goals. Maybe they will get off his back in the San Siro, now (probably not!). I also felt sorry for Delio Rossi who - even at the best of times - looks like a car salesman under pressure to meet ever tougher targets.

I did not, however, feel much sympathy for Lazio Presidente Claudio Lotito who strode into the ground like some latter-day Roman emperor with his coat draped over his shoulders. He subsequently snuck out with the same coat almost hiding his head like a criminal being escorted from court. Shame on him for deserting his team.

And badge of honour for the week goes to reformed drugs-man and Milan reject Marco Borriello who fired Genoa to their fourth win in a row and put them right in the UEFA Cup hunt at this early stage.


TrentToffee said...

It was never a goal (Iaquinta`s) !! I mean, it just wasn't ! Not even close ! But it all adds to the occasion :0)

ginkers said...


Definitely a dodgy one, but still, it made for a good game. What do you reckon to Everton's draw in the UEFA? I was sorry they were in the same pot as Fiorentina, might have made the trip down to watch!

Milanista said...

Good game between Fiornentina dodgey goal no doubt. Time to call for moviola?
Anyway, seeing Gila score again was fantastic and thrahsing Lazio was even better, a good way to get back on form.

Now for the Azzurri games, shoud be a good one

TrentToffee said...

I think Everton have an easier ride than Fiorentina. Villareal are a tough outfit. They put us out at the CL qualifying stage and then went on to the semi-finals. It's just nice to be in a European competition. Albeit a strange one.

To be honest I'm glad that we avoided Fiorentina. At least we now have a chance of getting out of the group stage. See you in the KO phase :0)

ginkers said...


Looking forward to seeing the Azzurri back in action, with a win, I hope.


I will definitely be down to visit if we both make it that far.

Anonymous said...

Not one Fiorentina player appealed. Footage showed that Frey watched it the whole time. Collina, who was never a referee who could be accused of favouring Juve, defended it. La Gazzetta dello Sport analysed it frame by frame and concluded that Trezeguet ran in front of Frey after the ball had gone and was not in the way.

But hey, what does that matter? If it's Juve of course they cheated. Nevermind that Mutu played like an absolute dog and that Fiorentina's midfield had absolutely no penetration, right?

Be happy that you managed a draw, and enjoy seeing Gamberini in the national team squad while it lasts, because if Legrottaglie keeps playing like he did last week he won't be there long.

- Juventino