Club Focus – Palermo – The Victory Lost in History

Sunday night saw Palermo finally snap their losing streak at four games and gave them a chance to fly to Milan on a positive stream.
Their 1-0 win was a scrappy one, littered with profligacy but Sirigu’s performance meant that one goal was all they needed. The keeper pulled off a number of key saves, notably off Luca Toni, the former Rosanero hit man, who received a typical welcome for all who have left in equally bad ways. It was Pinilla’s goal, which separated the two sides with a curling strike giving Eduardo no chance. This came after he missed a handful of golden chances and he will no doubt be frustrated at not claming a hat-trick.
Palermobig‘Javier was tired towards the end, younger players do not know how to hold onto possession when there is little energy left in the tank. This will take him to the next level and make him a player of the highest calibre.’ An ominous statement for the rest of the league as they struggle to contain him at his current level.
Munoz in recent weeks has shown real poise and the teenager has displayed performances beyond his years of control and steady defending. He has become an admirable replacement for Kjaer and proved it on Sunday by closing down Toni and playing him practically out of the game. An initial weakness for this team is quickly being rectified, as the Coach said it would. What is encouraging for the Palermo fans is seeing how this side is maturing in front of their eyes and has to have them thinking of Europe again next year.
Now, despite the restoration to winning ways this result will likely be lost in the annuls of history and firmly put to the back of everyone’s mind. What is coming up over this next week is a trip to Milan followed by the derby at home, which is why the win was so important on Sunday. The clean sheet was a good development for a team formerly plagued by defensive woes, a confident back line is needed to a trip to the Giuseppe Meazza. Milan boast one of the most formidable attacks in the world and will need to be stopped at source, which places extra emphasis on the midfield. If the likes of Ronaldinho and Ibrahimovic don’t receive the ball with space they can’t hurt you. The Rosanero have enough pace and skill upfront to play an effective counter attack game and hurt Milan.
Their current Christmas Tree formation will be adapted to block the space, as the three midfielders will drop slightly deeper. This also allows for Pastore and Ilicic to have more space against the frail back-line of Milan. They too, have been susceptible to the problems of a porous defence and will be worried by the potency of the attack the visitors will bring. The question will be whether they stick with current striker Pinilla or believe Miccoli is healthy enough to start.
To reflect on Sunday’s win, another huge tribute should be paid to the scouting department for South America. The job they have done has been sensational and have established themselves as one of the best departments in Europe. Having acquired Pastore, Hernandez, Munoz and young future superstars in Joao Pedro and Daniel Martinez they have built up quite a track record.
The win itself would have reversed a negative mentality heading into these games, which cannot be understated. Once again this team have the talent but they are a work in progress, playing to their potential they are a formidable Champions League team, but it’s the other side they can be which worries the fans.
Rossi will use this win to motivate the players and make them believe in the project they are undertaking. But, ultimately they will be judged by what happens over this next week and must be ready mentally and physically to win. Welcome Bonus Offer Betway

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