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Monday February 3 2014
Juve dish out derby drubbing

The League table didn’t lie as the Derby d’Italia was about as one-sided as many anticipated. Giancarlo Rinaldi analyses its importance.

It was once a jewel in the crown of Italian football. Clashes between Juventus and Inter have often been the stage upon which many a Scudetto drama was acted out. On the weekend’s evidence, however, the Derby d’Italia may soon be sued under the Trade Descriptions Act.

The Serie A points totals now suggest that Antonio Conte’s side are nearly twice the team of Walter Mazzarri’s outfit and the only argument may be if that is an underestimate of the gap between them. It took the Nerazzurri 40 minutes to muster a half-decent shot in the general direction of goal at the Juventus Stadium. They are a team which, at the moment, is about as ineffectual as a cheap umbrella in a tropical typhoon.

And, for much of the match, the Bianconeri were just such a force of nature. They grabbed hold of the game like a nightclub bouncer wrestling an unwelcome customer from the premises. All that was missing was a farewell kick in the posterior which might have been delivered by a goal from fall-through Inter transfer target Mirko Vucinic.

It was Stephan Lichtsteiner - so often the delight and despair of his manager - who opened the scoring by nodding home a typically pinpoint Andrea Pirlo cross. Then, in the second half, the drive and determination of Giorgio Chiellini and Arturo Vidal was in stark contrast to the distracted defending of the Nerazzurri as they put Juve three clear. The goleada - a goal glut - was definitely on the cards.

A Rolando strike following a penalty box scramble helped Mazzarri’s men avoid that fate. Indeed, with the game already looking long gone, they showed some faint signs of life. The personality displayed by substitute Ruben Botta and the arrival of Hernanes from Lazio might yet be enough to help this patient off the critical list.

The Derby d’Italia only gained extra significance after Roma’s chance to narrow the gap on Juventus had been denied by Mother Nature. The game in the Olimpico lasted just eight minutes before the Giallorossi and Parma were sent to their dry dressing rooms to escape the downpour. With the pitch more soggy than a coffee-soaked sponge finger in a tiramisu, there was little doubt it was the right decision.

Napoli could not take their chance to raise the pressure of on Rudi Garcia’s side. It was a comedy of errors as a blunder from Pepe Reina allowed German Denis to open the scoring for Atalanta and another clanger from Gokhan Inler let him double the lead of the boys from Bergamo. Maxi Moralez completed a rout which had the Neapolitan boss pleading for patience. “The time for judging is at the end of the season,” insisted Rafa Benitez. Some, however, might be starting to draw a few conclusions about his side now - especially if he insists on starting with Gonzalo Higuain on the bench.

The pressure should have been off his team a little after Fiorentina had also fluffed their lines on Saturday evening. One of the worst Viola performances of the season allowed a Mauricio Pinilla penalty to decide the game. Vincenzo Montella complained about the referee’s failure to address Cagliari’s ‘obstructive’ play but all it earned him, or so he claimed, was to be called a ‘little moaner’ by the match official.

Those false steps allowed Verona to move back closer to the top teams as they administered a 2-1 defeat to poor old Sassuolo. “We will fight until the end,” promised the man who has replaced Eusebio Di Francesco at the helm, Alberto Malesani. His opposite number, Andrea Mandorlini, won the understatement of the year award when he commented: “We are having a great season”.

Another side having a fine campaign, Torino, held Milan to a draw on Saturday night in San Siro. Ciro Immobile highlighted the old failings of the Rossoneri defence as he swept past lead-footed Daniele Bonera to open the scoring. New boy Adil Rami levelled the game with a thunderous strike but, try as they might, the home side could not quite give Clarence Seedorf another come from behind win. Perhaps Adriano Galliani, who reckons the Europa League is not in his club’s DNA, will have been relieved anyway as it surely makes a top five finish unlikely.

In the lower reaches, Catania and Livorno fought out a 3-3 draw which was not the result either side craved. “It’s a second game without defeat,” said home boss Rolando Maran, trying to find his grappa-glass half-full. “It was good to get a point away from home,” echoed equally upbeat Mimmo Di Carlo as the battle of the baldies ended in a share of the spoils.

Both sides made up a little bit of ground on Chievo, at least, as they were sunk at home by the ongoing Edy Reja revival at Lazio. A neat finish from Antonio Candreva - his seventh of the Serie A season - and a deflected Keita strike were enough to do the business. “Nobody wants to come to Lazio,” the manager had lamented prior to the match, having lost Hernanes and being unable to bolster his squad as he would have wanted. However, on recent evidence, maybe they don’t need too many additions after all.

A side which is always bringing in new faces, Udinese, got a vital win on Saturday evening with an away triumph at fellow-strugglers Bologna. A generous penalty award, converted by Toto Di Natale, set the Friuli side on the right track before Nico Lopez completed the triumph late in the day. It gave Francesco Guidolin and company a little bit of breathing space and a six-point gap over the drop zone which will allow them to prepare better for their Coppa Italia semi-final clash with Fiorentina.

There is the little matter, of course, of the Genoa derby to come on Monday night. Sinisa Mihajlovic has been busy telling anyone who might listen that the Rossoblu are favourites to beat the Blucerchiati. But it surely can’t be as one-sided as the Derby d’Italia, can it?

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Have your say...
@Maldini's heir

Dude, your WAY to negative over Milan. Granted they are nothing what they use to be, but I'm starting to questioning your loyalty. I heard we're after Alex, hes 31 and not too bad as center defender. Hopefully him and rami could partner up well together. TBD. Forget Bonera, hes awful and surely Seedorf will drop him asap.

That being said, stick up for your team. We can only get better.
on the 7th February, 2014 at 4:55pm
Quiet day on the Football Italia website...According to Seedorf in advance of the Napoli "Bonera has a small issue". I couldn't help but think that the next line should've been "He can't defend"....
on the 7th February, 2014 at 1:19pm
@ maldini's heir, I truly understand your sheer frustration against Galliani, but Allegri had a big part in player selection in the last 3 years which he consulted with the higher ups. Remember the ADMINISTRATION! WILL ALWAYS ASK THE COACH, on who he needs who he wants and what is priority for the sake of the team. The rest is ' well you know the end result!!!!...... for the sake of the game, Forza Seria A.
on the 6th February, 2014 at 2:36am
We showed no respect to our former captain. Prioritised renewing Bonera's contract over other players. Re-signed Emanuelson after he couldn't make the Fulham team. There is a fundamental level of incompetence here which is quite breathtaking. Galliani must go before he does more damage this summer. Milan fans need to protest until he gets the message.
on the 5th February, 2014 at 9:44am
If you look at the list of the 11 players which have arrived since last summer we've signed 3 trequartistas (Honda, Kaka, Saponara). We've signed a DM when we already had 2. We've signed numerous attackers when we already had attackers (Juve only scored 4 more goals than us last season). We've signed lots of average CBs for cheap because we do not see it as a priority. Juve already had a strong defence and signed Ogbonna. We've given Ambrosini to a team which should've our rivals for a CL spot.
on the 5th February, 2014 at 9:41am
@ Nicola the blame falls squarely on Galliani's door. It galls me to hear people talking about him as this great operator. He's a wheeler dealer with no long term strategy for Milan.

@ Dennis I agree 100%

@ Victor you really need to accept the fact that Milan are going nowhere with this set up. Your formation includes 2 DMs because we now have 3 so you have to cater for this and there's a big XX where Bonera is. We've conceded 32 goals already this season and 39 last season.
on the 5th February, 2014 at 9:37am
@Forza Juve. If you know so much about Karma and eastern philosophy you will also know that everything goes in cycles. Inter may be at a low point but they will be back as will Milan. .....and they will still be able to say that they dont buy referees ...lets see Rube try and buy a ref in Europe or Italy buy one at at the world cup.
on the 5th February, 2014 at 5:35am
Hahaha. 2006-2010, when d main competitors like juve n milan were weakened by d effect of calciopoli, inter gain benefit.
Get vieira n ibra at great price, n then trade ibra to build their 2010 treble squad.
Won so much scudetto n coppa, n then treble, should earn so much. But in d end, still run out of cash n down ward performance.
Drastic 1.
With juve getting back with their quality,inter can't do much.
Up n down is normal. But down all d time is not normal.
on the 5th February, 2014 at 12:47am
@Dennis

we can play with both Essien and De jong.

I'm sorry but I don't agree with you at all.

De Scgilio, Rami, (xx), Abate, Monti, De jong, Essien, Honda(ses), Kaka, Balo. Doesn't sound bad to me at all.
on the 4th February, 2014 at 9:06pm
@ Viktor "ARE YOU NUTS" ofcourse I'd marry Barbara.!Who would't.....Also Badass is my middle name "PLS" don't wear it thin. THX! for the comp though. @ Maldini's heir, their's a saying which you know,.Don't argue with the hand that feeds you.Galliani knows that too well, Still a brilliant director though, but past his time.
on the 4th February, 2014 at 8:13pm
@Anonymous

If the calciopoli were judge fairly not hiding the evidence, then incheater wouldn't be in UCL or win it since the punishment on Violating Sporting Fraud would send incheater to Lega Pro.

But anyway Karma is a B.T.H

LOL
on the 4th February, 2014 at 7:57pm
Essien when you already have NDJ and Muntari. What is he gonna bring that you do not already have? Bonera is a total mystery to me as I have no idea how he lasted so long in serieA when serieB would be a step for him. It is not the money is the lack of thought that goes with the transfer. Milan has dare I say it become like Inter in terms of getting players with no concrete planning. Whats going with Quags at Juventus as they are saying he has flu but why drop him from Europa squad?
on the 4th February, 2014 at 7:55pm
@Viktor I am sorry but the Milan players should have been caned for that performance against Udinese, it was embarrassing. up until then Udinese have been woeful but they still managed to outplay Milan at home 2-1. The result was tight but not the performances of both teams.
Milan is a top side and not totally broke, they are richer than most Spanish clubs but Valencia aside getting Senderos on loan, they do not normally go players not needed. U get Taarabt when u have Honda, Essien when NDJ tbh
on the 4th February, 2014 at 7:49pm
@Maldini's Heir

Last I heard they said April for SES. So no, definitely never said he would be ready for First or second leg vs Atl Madrid.

@Dennis

erhm, what?? Udinese won by an inch, yes we didn't play good but not as bad as you claim.
on the 4th February, 2014 at 5:57pm
@nicola

You'd marry barba in a heart beat, so no need to try playing "bad ass".
on the 4th February, 2014 at 5:54pm
Last summer we could've left the squad as it was and simply signed Astori and/or Ogbonna and just changed Mexes, Bonera and Robinho (all who offered nothing last season). Instead we sold or gave away 12 players and brought in 11. None of whom added anything to the squad. It's absolute indefensible madness.
on the 4th February, 2014 at 5:00pm
@ Nicola how can you defend Galliani? This has nothing to do with Barbara who tried to get rid of him because he's terrible. Her father has not been actively involved for years which is why we have no money. But all of these signings are down to Galliani's incompetence. He moves players around like its musical chairs without any clear strategy in place. Milan should probably change 22 players every 10 years not in one season. We should be signing one or two quality players at that's it.
on the 4th February, 2014 at 4:58pm
Galliani!!!!! People really c'mon...... He takes orders from the pope of Greenwich village himself BERLUSCONI senior, and the spoiled little BERLUSCONI the daughter. (PUT YOURSELF IN THAT PREDICAMENT!), You gotta kinda feel for the guy please.
on the 4th February, 2014 at 3:16pm
@Viktot I watched Milan vs Juventus on youtube on Saturday, you know the 6-1 drubbing of a few years ago. Juventus had an awesome side better than this 1 while Milan had a poor side but what surprised me was that Peruzzi made 5 world class saves or more in that game. Milan actually created many chances. Then I remember what I saw against Udinese in the only competition they can win this season and they were just hopelessly bad. Solution- bring in Essien n Taarabt. Im not a Milan fan but Im mad.
on the 4th February, 2014 at 2:45pm
@ Victor the latest I heard on SES was he is due back before the 2nd Leg against Atletico. Therefore he shouldn't be emergency cover he should be in the A list. I guarantee SES is now definitely on his way out as part of the latest overhaul this summer. The only hope we have before the next disastrous transfer window is for Galliani to finally leave Milan and let them get on with building the team without his own brand of madness.
on the 4th February, 2014 at 1:45pm
Galliani has moved the equivalent of an average squad of players around since last summer. 22 players (Vergara arrived in the summer and was loaned out 6 months later). That's why I complain. There's nothing to be happy about with this current shambles. Thank god there's more to life than football! Galliani needs to go NOW!
on the 4th February, 2014 at 12:28pm
This is beyond a joke. The only thing that needed fixing last season was our defence. Galliani has failed to do anything about our defence until Rami was fired by Valencia. He has wasted the little money and time we have on signing 11 players that we did not need. He has moved players around for no reason other than to look busy. If we needed some like Taarabt why did we let Niang go out on loan? One has Champions League experience the other has Football League experience
on the 4th February, 2014 at 12:25pm
@ Victor it's great the way you are an eternal optimist but there's nothing to be optimistic about the current Milan set up. Galliani is destroying the team. We finished 3rd last season and this is what has happened since last summer. Transfers In: Essien, Rami, Honda, Kaká, Birsa, Matri, Coppola, Silvestre, Poli, Saponara, Vergara, Taarabt (11 players). Transfers Out: Nocerino, Vergara, Matri, Niang, Traoré, Antonini, Boateng, Flamini, Yepes, Salamon, Ambrosini, Bojan (12 players).
on the 4th February, 2014 at 12:22pm
@ BIT. Anti football, the whole of Europe knows what goes on in Italy, it is a culture thing. As regards anti football, lets see Italys version of Anti football in the worls cup when they have 8 players from rubentus. It will be anti football like all Italy world cups including 1982 & 2006.
on the 4th February, 2014 at 8:48am
@Bit and all the anti-Inters.......Inter won the CL in 2010, not just won in Italy.........so get off your high horse and wonder why we still don't have a single penalty this season, have good goals ruled off-side and continue to play in a Tsunami situation with Genoa away from home!
on the 4th February, 2014 at 8:21am
@Maldini's Heir

Because SES won't be fit in time? He's on the B list which allows him to be called up regardless.
on the 3rd February, 2014 at 10:53pm
To all those accusing people of being biased for not talking about a season 4 years ago. They where paper trophies won with anti-football. Divorce yourself from the present, go buy a DVD of that season and watch that for the rest of the season.
on the 3rd February, 2014 at 10:25pm
@ Rubinterista23 Icardi is living off his 4 goals against Juve but now he is partying instead of focusing on football, that is the unprofesionalism at Rubinter.
on the 3rd February, 2014 at 10:18pm
Why is SES not in the champions league A squad? Why has he been replaced in a CHAMPIONS LEAGUE squad by a player who couldn't make fulham's starting line up? Let's look at some statistics. Taarabt in 12 games for Fulham scored 0 goals. That's ZERO. SES scored 16 in 34 and helped milan qualify for the champions league (both in the league and the play off). Another cracker. Robinho. Wait for it...2 in 23. Who needs to resign ASAP?
on the 3rd February, 2014 at 9:00pm
@Maldini's Heir

For being a Milan fan you sure complain a lot.. I agree they changed way too many players and I'm absolutely stunned they still use Bonera. I agree he must be the worst player we've used for years.. but think bout it, the team have glimpse of recovery since seedorf took over plus our current roster is not just bad.

I'm not saying it's nowhere near what we use to have, but I see improvements and if balo keeps being consistent we might have a shot for Europe at least.
on the 3rd February, 2014 at 7:12pm

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