Respite for Ranieri as Milan move in for Beckham
We came to bury Caesar not to praise him but Claudio Ranieri lives to fight another day.
Just when you thought the bottom was falling out of the Old LadyÃ¢ÂÂs world, she digs out the gladrags and dolls herself up to seduce the whole country once again.
She may have had to sweat a bit in the end but what a name to now have on the bed post, in name only as this Real Madrid certainly isnÃ¢ÂÂt the vibrant beast of past years.
Anyway, beggars canÃ¢ÂÂt be choosers and the Italian press were a swoon as they went into a 360 degree spin following the weekend debacle in Naples.
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Of course, Tuttosport were falling over themselves with glee, filling the first seven pages with all manner of rapturous praise.
From Ã¢ÂÂJuve are the Real deal,Ã¢ÂÂ to Ã¢ÂÂGiant Del PieroÃ¢ÂÂ and his trusty sidekick Amauri, they could not contain themselves.
However, while it was King Alex the Lionheart, Ranieri was reduced to a mere pauper in the grand scheme of things, with the paper insinuating that the Ã¢ÂÂTinkermanÃ¢ÂÂ had been told by the clubÃ¢ÂÂs hierarchy to cut out the substitutions.
A line from their editorial ran: Ã¢ÂÂRanieri is an intelligent person and he knows when to listen.Ã¢ÂÂ
Could this victory be the turning point of the season? Well, the derby against Torino on Saturday should provide a clearer picture of the teamÃ¢ÂÂs health.
There are still plenty of doubts surrounding RanieriÃ¢ÂÂs future, especially his fragile relationship with Del Piero but at least TuesdayÃ¢ÂÂs win keeps the wolf from the door for the time being.
Less fortunate were Fiorentina who arenÃ¢ÂÂt used to big nights out in swanky venues so they have to be forgiven for coming over all bashful when they ran into big burly Bayern Munich.
The Champions League is but a distant memory for Milan who, it would seem, are turning into EuropeÃ¢ÂÂs version of the New York Cosmos - that Ã¢ÂÂ70s retirement home for the fading star.
David Beckham will be bringing his man-bag of marquee sponsors to Milanello from January for a winter season on the catwalks of Serie A.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs another marketing coup for Silvio Berlusconi who, of course, already has Ronaldinho on the payroll.
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Vice president Adriano Galliani admitted as much this morning as he hopped on the flight to Holland where Milan are playing in the UEFA Cup.
Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs not just about tactics, itÃ¢ÂÂs about full stadiums and sponsors,Ã¢ÂÂ he revealed as he rubbed his hands together in delight. Ã¢ÂÂNothing can beat a full stadium and ours will be full with our dream team.Ã¢ÂÂ
You canÃ¢ÂÂt really argue with that. And for the floating fan with an idle weekend what better way to pass it than popping over to the San Siro to see Kaka, Maldini, Becks and Ronaldinho strutting around together.