To most non Juve fans, it might seem pitiable that Juventinis all around the world celebrated Wednesday night’s win against Napoli in the Coppa Italia. But for just one brief moment, the fans were reminded what it was like to support Italy’s greatest team.
Finally it appears the squad learned how to play football. Understandably it wasn’t Napoli’s first team but Walter Mazzarri did eventually throw in Fabio Quagliarella and Marek Hamsik and yet astonishingly, the Bianconeri remained in the driving seat and with a clean sheet.
Of course the downside of all this is that Ciro Ferrara will stay. Italy is still at a loss as to whether or not Management really do believe in their young Coach or whether they’re too cheap to splash out on a more experienced Tactician. Their intent on sticking with the Ciro was further outlined when Roberto Bettega told reporters: “The doubts about Ferrara seemed to me to come more from the Press than us. The work goes on and we will continue along this path.” Funny how when the Bianconeri were thrashed by Milan, the Coach was forced to stand alone insisting that he would accept any decision Management made about his future and how not one of his superiors decided to come out in defence of his appalling coaching skills. And now, one win later and Bettega laughs off any rumours of a pending dismissal meanwhile the fans know all too well that Guus Hiddink lurks on standby. By all means, if they decide to remain loyal to Ciro’s project then they need to comprehend the possible disaster that may ensue and begin preparations to hire a new Coach over the summer. Should Ferrara manage to swing this all around then that’s wonderful but preparations must be made just in case it does all go sour and they are left with no-one to hire come the new season. Time is running out and fans will not accept another wasted season.
Nonetheless, Ferrara’s vote of confidence that supposedly came just after Juventus’ board meeting brought temporary stability that allowed the Bianconeri to fight for a win that has now set them up for a mouth watering clash against Inter in the next stage. And for the first time in what seems to be an eternity, Juventus won convincingly. Everything went well and even Felipe Melo refrained from embarrassing the team. But what really stood out was how much more victory meant to Juve and just how much certain players, like Paolo De Ceglie, were determined to prove their worth.
In short, the youngster was sensational. His timely runs, his ability to keep the ball and his capability to go back and defend served his team immensely. He epitomised the Juve mentality which just goes to show how important it is to have youth products integrated in the team. They are the only players aware of the importance of each match and can truly bring the never say die attitude the Old Lady is famed for on to the pitch. His attacking capabilities coupled with Hasan Salihamidzic’s work rate allowed Diego the space to work his magic. One shudders to think what will happen should Ferrara drop the youngster against Chievo. Unfortunately and despite his talent, it’s difficult to see just how the starlet can be incorporated in the formation without leaving either Claudio Marchisio or Felipe Melo on the bench.
The formation might have to change in Verona anyway as Amauri is thankfully suspended leaving il Capitano alone to net in the goals who, much to the delight of the tifosi, appears to be back on form after scoring a brace. When he squandered a beautiful chance to make it 2-0 to Juventus in the first half, all doubts were confirmed, the player’s star had burned out. However, he more than made up for it when he powerfully struck his first goal of the season and set the crowd alight – a goal he most definitely deserved after having survived Matteo Contini horrifically stamping on his head.
His confidence has no doubt sky rocketed which will surely help his team get back into gear and his absence has been greatly missed. But most positively, it appears he and Diego were able to play together with the Italian easing off the defensive pressure the Brazilian has had to deal with so far this season. With Napoli’s defenders unsure of who to mark, Diego was finally allowed his chance to run rampant and his hard work and relentless efforts did not go unnoticed. This is what the fans were hoping for when the trequarista joined. It remains to be seen how long this polished Juve will last. In the meantime a dip in the market is crucial considering the stellar job the medical team has done with the squad thus far. How they still remain in employment is beyond any reasonable logic.
Juventus Club Focus 2009/10
Great expectations – August 21, 2009
When in Rome – August 28, 2009
The decline and fall of the Roman Empire – September 1, 2009
World Champions – One in, one out, one remembered – September 4, 2009
International week (Georgia-Italy, Italy-Bulgaria)
Children should be seen, not heard – September 7, 2009
Diego lost to injury in victorious Roman repeat – September 15, 2009
The reserves exposed – September 18, 2009
Transforming the formation – September 23, 2009
The cruel blow of lady injustice – September 25, 2009
Haunted by the ghost of last year’s defence – September 29, 2009
We’re meant to be happy with one point? – October 2, 2009
Is it now time to be negative? – October 6, 2009
Ferrara: public enemy #1 – October 9, 2009
Bad or just misunderstood? – October 13, 2009
Let the bitterness commence – October 16, 2009
Oh Ferrara, will you ever learn? – October 20, 2009
Ferrara, thank you for listening – October 23, 2009
Sampdoria will provide the real test – October 27, 2009
Introducing the real Juve – October 30, 2009
Why are we not surprised? – November 3, 2009
The many faces of Juve – November 6, 2009
A team of hyperboles – November 10, 2009
And we’re back – November 20, 2009
Del Piero returns as subordinate players give encouraging displays – November 24, 2009
Failure reverberates throughout the club – November 24, 2009
Is it all over? – December 1, 2009
Oh Lord, make our enemies ridiculous – December 4, 2009
Destroy Bayern and we will really start to believe – December 8, 2009
Humiliation is the beginning of sanctification or so they say – December 11, 2009
Sanctification is going to have to wait – December 15, 2009
Deliver us from disgrace – December 18, 2009
Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get up – December 22, 2009
Less talk and more action – December 29, 2009
Change is all we wanted for Christmas – January 5, 2010
Does this mean we have to keep him? – January 8, 2010
Maybe just maybe, Juve is back in business – January 15, 2010