Despite the metaphoric ringing of the bell to signal the end of the transfer window, Roma’s real mercato is only just starting.
The recent departure of Erik Lamlea to Tottenham has sparked an unparalleled resistance against Roma’s American ownership.
If relentless optimism isn’t your thing, look away now. Rudi Garcia is Roma’s new coach, and although the coach and the club have many challenges ahead, it could just be a case of third time lucky for the American owners as they look for a man to steer the Giallorossi in the right direction after two years of frustration.
I don’t often get moved to write. Well, wait – I take that back. I OFTEN get moved to write, I just generally don’t do it. I usually try to leave it to the podcast (LaMagicast) for my airing of grievances/joys/analysis. I have however, hit a wall that requires me to put pen to paper. I hope it is worth your time.
In describing a scene in the heat of battle, one of my favourite authors once wrote, “sometimes it doesn’t matter too much what choice you make, as long as you make it quick and stick to it”. There is still a good deal of truth in this if moved to the context of Pablo Osvaldo and Roma. This summer, surely matters need to come to a head. Either Osvaldo is given the club’s full backing in spite of the baggage he carries, or he needs to be moved on.
There is a great deal to like about Aurelio Andreazzoli’s Roma: the well thought out tactics (picking a formation to suit the players rather than vice versa seems to have its merits), the balance of the team, the quiet and no nonsense manner in which the coach does his job, and of course winning games.
I’m going to Rome this weekend, and – unlike most of my other trips to the Eternal City – I’m feeling quite ambivalent about it. Continue reading
The appointment of Aurelio Andreazzoli to replace Zdenek Zeman on the Roma bench has taken many by surprise, particularly because his name was absent from all of the media speculation surrounding Zeman’s likely successor when his departure became inevitable after the 4:2 home defeat by Cagliari at the beginning of February.
Buckle up and brace yourself, Romanisti. Season 2012/13 is almost upon us and it’s going to be as wild and unpredictable as ever.
Fabio Borini is at the center of a transfer battle thanks to concrete interest from Liverpool, but Roma’s chief concern remains neglected, argues Ross Catanzariti.