Serie A Musings, Week 32

A few thoughts following Week 32 in the Serie A:

  • Sampdoria is trying its hardest to get relegated.

Samp has not won a game in 9 matches.  They have taken 2 points from the last 8 matches, both earned in uninspiring 0-0 draws.   They have lost to Parma, Lecce and Cesena, each a relegation contender, in the last 8 games.  Samp was playing in the Champions League earlier this year and started this season with the same strike partnership that the Italian National team currently relies on, Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini, two world-class strikers that have since moved on to opposing clubs from Milan.  Nicola Pozzi currently leads the Samp line.  Samp’s fall from grace during the course of this season has been utterly horrific.  Even though they currently sit just outside the relegation zone, one cannot help but think that this team is doomed.  There are just 6 games left in the 2011 season.   And while Samp will face both Brescia and a hopeless Bari in the coming weeks, it also has both an in-form Milan squad, and a Roma team fighting for a place in the Champions League, to look forward to.  There were such high hopes for this team coming into the season.  Now the best the Blucerchiati faithful can hope for is salvation, and not even that seems likely.

  • Milan wants the scudetto, but so does Napoli.

Following a convincing derby win last weekend, Milan went to Fiorentina this weekend and dominated.  Milan maintained its hold of the top spot, and seems to be getting stronger with each passing week.  Milan faces at least two tough matches in the last 5 weeks, as the Rossoneri still have to travel to Roma and Udinese. Yet, despite challenges on the horizon, at this point, the title very much appears to be Milan’s to lose.

Napoli’s confidence, however, is also increasing with each week.  They face a bit tougher schedule than Milan in the home stretch, as both Inter and Udinese visit the San Paolo, and an away game against Juventus caps the season for Napoli.  While they may not capture the scudetto this year, Champions League football is a certainty, and a scudetto seems a real possibility in the future.

  • Inter’s domination of Serie A is finally coming to an end.

It does not look like Inter has enough left in the tank to pin a record sixth consecutive scudetto to its jersey.  The Nerazzurri’s reign of terror over both the domestic league and Europe seems to have finally run its course.  The only question remaining is who will be on the Inter bench next season.

  • Lui e una Leggenda.

Francesco Totti is 34 years old.  He was born in Rome.  He has played for his home club, AS Roma, for the entirety of his professional career.  He has won the scudetto.  He has won the world cup.  He has been capocannoniere.  He has won the European golden boot.  He has scored 203 goals in Serie A, and counting, and currently ranks sixth on the all time Serie A scoring chart, just 2 goals shy of Roberto Baggio.

This weekend Francesco Totti scored another 2 goals, another game winner, and again kept Roman hopes of playing in the Champions league alive, at least for another week.  Before he calls it quits on his career, there is a very good chance that Totti will be sitting in third place on the all time Serie A scoring chart.  He is truly a living legend, and one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game.  We should all just sit back and enjoy the show while it lasts.

 

 

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