Juve’s crown seriously under threat from Inter

INTER MILAN went back to the top of Serie A after beating SPAL 2-1 while Juventus surprisingly slipped-up against Sassuolo, relying on a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo – his first goal since the end of October – to maintain their unbeaten record. While Juve still haven’t been beaten, Inter’s resilience under Antonio Conte underlines that they are genuine contenders for the first time in years, … Continue reading Juve’s crown seriously under threat from Inter

Inter’s benchmarking exercise shows why Juve are champions

THEY CAME, they saw, they rained on Inter’s parade – and how it frustrated the home fans in the 75,000 San Siro crowd!  It was Serie A champions against pretenders to the throne and once more, Juventus, perpetual wearers of the crown of Italian football for almost a decade, demonstrated they are still the big occasion team. Neutral Italy, indeed neutral Europe, has been hoping … Continue reading Inter’s benchmarking exercise shows why Juve are champions

Inter’s chance to show they can end the hegemony

ITALY has needed a team to seriously challenge Juventus for almost a decade and Inter Milan have started the Serie A campaign as if they mean to fill that role. Although some people are suggesting that six wins out of six have flattered the Nerrazzuri, the club seems to have been rejuvenated by the arrival of Antonio Conte. This weekend (October 6), Inter play host … Continue reading Inter’s chance to show they can end the hegemony

Football Media Watch: FA Cup blues and reds

WAS this the most expensive set of players to contest the FA Cup final? Quite possibly it was, with the combined market value of the 22 starting players amounting to € 1.2 billion according to CIES Football Observatory. Surely, then, we could expect something better than what was served up at Wembley? With Chelsea adopting a defensive style and United lacking adventure’ “Memorable it was … Continue reading Football Media Watch: FA Cup blues and reds

The first signs of Conte’s departure may be evident

CALL ME cynical, but are the first signs of the departure of Antonio Conte already visible? Football managers are very movable objects, regardless of how successful they may be at some stage of their relationship with a club. But there is no other institution where you can go from “hero to zero” so quickly as Chelsea. Conte won the Premier League with largely the same … Continue reading The first signs of Conte’s departure may be evident

Dynasties? They don’t really exist in English football

AS CHELSEA celebrated their deserved Premier League title success, Frank Lampard was asked if coach Antonio Conte could go on to build a dynasty at the club. “I think so,” was Lampard’s reply. How many times have we heard this question when any club enjoys some success.  At Chelsea it has been tabled regularly as commentators predict that “this time it will be different”. Such … Continue reading Dynasties? They don’t really exist in English football