The fans want him out, the press want him out and the players apparently want him out, but Claudio Ranieri is nothing but a battler.The Juventus coach faces three games that will make or break his tenure in Turin.On Saturday, the Bianconeri are in the bear-pit of the San Paolo Stadium to face Napoli, then the following Wednesday itÃ¢ÂÂs Real Madrid at home in the Champions League.The derby against Torino arrives the weekend after that, so no pressure then.
The revolution starts now Ã¢ÂÂ and not before time.The Italian press may not have been that impressed with the goalless draw in Bulgaria but Marcello Lippi certainly can be, as he stretched his unbeaten run as Italy coach to 29 games.Having finally decided to get rid of the deadwood such as Alessandro Del Piero and Andrea Barzagli, a few new faces were introduced who, if they keep on the right track, should be part of the squad to defend the World Cup in South Africa.
La Liga Loca is now completely convinced that when the international break comes along, the holiday-happy editorial teams of the Spanish footballing press head for the hills and are replaced by a herd of goats with basic literacy skills. An improvement, many might suggest.
Argentine spectators left the Monumental stadium on Saturday again feeling exasperated by another mediocre performance by their national team, but more-so worried about playing Chile on Wednesday without a raft of their best players.