There was once a thing you could always rely on with Juventus, and that was a mean old defence. Never one to give the opposition as much as a sniff at goal in the past, the Old Lady is now looking decidedly shaking at the back.Those defensive frailties were exposed in Belarus by BATE Borisov over what Claudio Ranieri described as a Ã¢ÂÂnightmare 30 minutes or so.Ã¢ÂÂ
Sometimes a bile-letting bout of finger-pointing and blame-gaming can be both a useful and entertaining exercise. After all, the Jack Bauer side to La Liga Loca doesnÃ¢ÂÂt think there has been nearly enough cattle-prod poking of those responsible for the hell-in-a-handcart financial meltdown the world is currently enjoying.If outright torture is perhaps going too far for some lily-livered liberals then maybe the guilty parties could instead be introduced to public stocks of a very non-financial kind?As to be expected after SaturdayÃ¢ÂÂs Montjuic mayhem, the accusing and abusing is still rumbling on in Catalunya.
Plenty of indigestion this morning. What with all that humble-pie to be eaten last night.Ronaldinho answered all his critics with a man-of-the-match performance in the Milan derby although it has to be said that Ricky Kaka ran him close.A good night then for MilanÃ¢ÂÂs boys from Brazil which was reflected in todayÃ¢ÂÂs headlines right across the board.
October 18 1908: baggy shorts, square goal-posts, handlebar Ã¢ÂÂtaches, ball like a piece of cement, pitch full of English and Swiss gents.September 28 2008: baggy shorts, plenty of facial hair, ball like a balloon, pitch full of South Americans.Yes, the Milan derby is 100 years old, well give or take a month, and some things have changed since the two sides met for the first time, not even in Italy, but in Switzerland for the Chiasso Cup.