It was frankly a far better showing than expected from Vincenzo Montella’s men, so he too can be heartened by what he learned from the return to his old hunting ground. The entire first choice midfield was missing and the only striking option to come off the bench was Luiz Adriano, a player many had forgotten was still in the squad, and with good reason too.
Let’s all pull down the blinds and peek through the gap in the window as the music gets louder. They’re gonna have a duel.
Now we have a good old-fashioned Gunfight at the OK Corral coming up on Saturday night. Only four points separate the top two and they prepare to duel at high noon – or 19.45 GMT, but in spirit we all know there’s the sun blazing down on the deserted street as those weird clumps of dry grass roll across the prairie. We can practically hear the harmonica already.
I suddenly realise why Gigi Buffon grew that abominable moustache. He looks like a gunslinger in a 1960s Spaghetti Western. A villain. Everyone is watching and waiting for Juventus to be taken down after five years of utter domination, but Buffon’s preparehg棋牌平台d to be the bad guy of calcio and shoot down their dreams.
It was a head-to-head for second place and for the role of ‘anti-Juventus’, that’s what all the papers said, and Monday night’s showdown at the Stadio Olimpico did indeed fit the bill. Roma defeated an impressive Milan thanks to grit, experience and a bit of good old-fashioned luck.
Luciano Spalletti has been saying for weeks now that he wanted his side to adopt the mentality of Juventus, the ability to ‘win ugly’ and grind out results even when performances are not spectacular. Mission accomplished, because for large periods the Rossoneri controlled the game and kept the initiative.
Sinisa Mihajlovic and the club d正规博狗平台eserve great credit for putting together an impressive line-up, but Toro were like a gunman in a Western who fires off all his rounds while his opponent hides behind a barrel, nursing an extra few bullets for the right moment.
The next few days will be filled with dramatic close-ups of eyes darting back and forth, staring ice cold in preparation for the duel. Who will look away first? Will their nerve hold out?
Roma were without Mohamed Salah, Francesco Totti, Alessandro Florenzi and lost Bruno Peres to injury during the first half, but just like Max Allegri’s Juve in the Derby della Mole, strength in depth was decisive. Torino pushed the Bianconeri very hard indeed and took the lead through their hitman Andrea Belotti, but while Paulo Dybala and Miralem Pjanic came off the bench to combine for the final goal, the Granata had no such quality in addition to their starting XI.
Nonetheless, the Diavolo remained organised, played some good football and showed remarkable character for the youngest average line-up in the entire Serie A campaign so far. Milan emerge defeated, and learning not to let M’Baye Niang take any more penalties, but with heads held high. Their presence in the top three right now is no fluke.