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    Lensois got a reaction from Anri in Alfredo Donnarumma - The Next Big No.10 Striker In Italy?   
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    Name: Alfredo Donnarumma
    Born: 1990 (20)
    Club: Catania
    Position: Forward
    His Career


    Born in Naples, Alfredo started his career by playing for Calcio Azzurri di Torre Annunziata (Blue soccer school of Annunziata). He played there until he was 14 when Lo Monaco took him to Catania. Since he move to Catania, he has found been playing for all levels of the Catania youth team and is currently up in the Primavera team of Catania, which is the level under the A-team.
    Alfredo has been forming a great partnership with Alessandro Malafronte and most notably Francesco Nicastro this season. Catania are doing well in Gironde C amd are currently lieing on the 3rd place before teams such as Roma, Lazio and Napoli. Much to that achivement is thanks to the striker-partnership between those three. Alfredo has also scored 16 goals, which is fantastic seeing as he isn't the typical striker - he is an trequatista.
    Alfredo Donnarumma got a call-up to play with the A-team against Bologna last season, but didn't get any minutes.

    His playingstyle


    Alfredo is very good one-on-one and is also very good at finishing, which his 16 goals this season is a good proof of. He prefers to play as an trequatista, where he can use his dribblings skills, deliver good passes and use his good shot. Alfredo says that he adores Sneijder and try to play like him, but to me, he reminds me more of Kaka. With his one-on-one skills, good shot, and his way of just run away the defence, he reminds me more of Kaka.

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    Unlucky for Donnarumma, Catania bought Maxi Lopez this past transfer window and with Maxi doing great for Catania (13 goals in 3,5 month), it's highly un-likely he will get a chance in the nearest future. Also, Catania already got strikers like Martinez, Mascara and Morimoto. To sum it up: it's a cracking competition for the three starting-spots. Too add more ''it's highly un-likely he will get a chance for Catania shadow'' - Catania is often buying old players which ''expire date'' went out a long time ago, instead of giving talented youngsters playing time.
    The best thing for Donnarumma is to go on loan to a Serie B club or possibly even maybe go to a club like Chievo. Why Chievo then? Well, Chievo and Catania are friends-club and they often loan out players to each other that the respective club doesn't need. Chievo has strikers of low Serie A quality/Serie B quality (exept for Pellisier). With Chievo known for not spending much, why not try to get a talented youngster who is 20 already and try to give him playing time in order to see if he is capable of making it in Serie A. Chievo won't lose anything on it seeing as they didn't spend so much on him. This move would be highly un-likely though and it's just a theory from my side.
    If this guy just gets the playing-time he needs on the big stage, I'm sure he will easily succeed an ageing Mascara.
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    Lensois got a reaction from Geoffrey in Official Serie A Thread   
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    Well' date=' one could argue about it if Robinho, Pato or Cassano would have an off-day. However, as a Milanista, I've noticed that Allegri prefers his defensive players to come up and join the attack. We've seen Nocerino scoring the odd goal every now and then, Emanuelson sweaping in crosses or add a touch to the midfield and even Ambrosini making the odd deep-running. All three are usually used as defensive players (though Emanulson makes the odd change up to CAM).
    Moreover, Allegri is making sure that his wide-defenders makes reaches the opponents defensive areas. Abate, who was originally a winger, is a product that Allegri has turned into a sucessful offensive wing-back. On the left, a limited technique is what has hindered Antonini from shining up as strongly as Abate has done.
    Though, with Didac, I wouldn't say that things could go wrong. I therefore would expect that the attacks starting from the wings will be equally balanced this year. This should enable Abate of having more fuel to the tank by the end of games - thus making sure he could use it have a go against tired opponents.
    The main issue is the trequarista role though. Without it:
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    [*]How could we get that extra gunpowder? Kakà, Rui Costa, Boban and Savicevic etc. all had it. That could make it or break within a tight game.
    [*]All the players whose primary task is to defend, will only tire themselves off with running non-stop up and down. With a trequartista, the player in focus could only put himself in the creativity spot. Thus, leaving the others to their original job.
    [*]It would also add some stardom to the trequartista should he be successful. We all know how teams feared Kakà and placed two players to hold him, which enabled other attackers to use some more free space.
    [*]If a decent trequartista would have existed, a plan B would have always existed. Which is to stay the style of attacking we're using right now.


    So as you can see, I am not only hoping of getting replacements to Ibra and Thiago - I'd also like to see a trequartista arriving. We've been meaning to get one since Leo and his extreme 4-3-3 got sacked, which was two summers ago. It's been pretty clear that this hole has got to be fixed in some games and it's about it time it should.
    Main this is dineros, though. Ganso is outpriced for Milan and another potential arrivial - Kakà looks more likely to follow Ibra than to move back. A player I would have wanted is Diego: Got an Italian passport, had a decent at Atlético the little I saw and has everything to prove in Italy (he never really wanted to leave il Bianconeri, but got sold behind his back).
    I know those Werder Bremen displays can be seen again. The only problem is that he wishes to stay in Atlético, but if Atlético can't pay up those €15m, I can see Galliani doing something about it. I doubt it at €15m, but like I've said a million times, he's a master at dealing. Once thing that worries me regarding the Brazilian is that he didn't really cut it at Juve's 4-3-1-2 and we play the same formation. I know there was an awful lot behind the scenes that hindered his progress (and many others), but it's still a worrying sign.
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    Lensois got a reaction from Vendetta in Official Serie A Thread   
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    True' date=' was just goning to say that. Either way, I'd be more worried of losing Thiago than Ibra. The latter can be replaced, the first mentioned can't. I hope we go for Destro and perhaps even Gameiro (one could hope we get him + cash for Ibra).
    They just signed Canini (good signing actually). Here's a link. I can't really shorten it down, as Genoa is like an airport - several departures and arrivals day and night.
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    Lensois got a reaction from arampage in Official Serie A Thread   
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    True' date=' was just goning to say that. Either way, I'd be more worried of losing Thiago than Ibra. The latter can be replaced, the first mentioned can't. I hope we go for Destro and perhaps even Gameiro (one could hope we get him + cash for Ibra).
    They just signed Canini (good signing actually). Here's a link. I can't really shorten it down, as Genoa is like an airport - several departures and arrivals day and night.
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    So, Constant to Milan. I'm really happy and excited about this transfer. It has not been a secret that Berlusconi and Galliani admire his talent and I've had the feeling for a long time (which stretches over his Chievo-days) that he, one day, will be a Rossoneri.
    Muntari's injury aside, I'm pretty sure Constant will suprise many with his quality. It was clearly shown in Ligue 2 and in Verona back in '10, but evidently it went unnoticed in Genoa, as the Rossoblù were disharmoned last year. Cleary, it ran over their players as well and Constant wasn't an exception.
    Either way, like I said, I really think he is a skillful player with bags of talent, which will be utilized in Milano. Dangerous crossing, passing, finish and at the same time an extreme work rate, makes him a perfect mix of Gattuso and Boateng. Not necessarily on the same level as that mix suggests, but definitely on his way of becoming there. I really think he will be a long-term Milanista and not just a player that you will see hang around the team for a year and then just vanish.
    A midfield consisting of Constant-Montolivo-Nocerino behind El Shaarawy/K-P Boateng (rotating) is something extra-ordinary. Call this overhyping if you want, but that may be the best midfield Milan's possesed since Pirlo, Gattuso and Ambrosini triumphed like no-one. Add a sidlined but in-form Muntari, a routinated ex-captain in Ambrosini, versatile players in Boateng and Emanuelson and a player of high Ligue 1-quality in Traoré and perhaps, in some way, you will understand what I'm saying.
    Also, Flamini just re-filled his place in the squad, literally. I'd happily pay his flight to take his 1.5m € contract out of Milano, but that's another fiver. This mercato looks very interesting indeed for us, and what wonders Galliani and Berlusconi has made for this squad is something I couldn't imagine say during the 09/10 season, where the average age of the squad was nearly 29...
    Just throw in a LB that's ideally got some CL experience but at least got some Serie A ones (Mantovani would be my pick - I'm well aware of him not coming up to his Chievo standards in Sicily - but based on what he did during his years in Verona, saying no to him would be definitely mental. He was one of the better defenders in the league just a 18 months ago), another talented CB (Astori or Ogbonna would be my picks) and a cheap alternative to Abate (look at the free agent zone - Mesto is available).
    Add to that the departures of Bonera (highly unlikely though) and Mesbah (will never become a player of Milan standards) and I'm a happy man.
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    Lensois got a reaction from Jono6895 in Official French Ligue 1 & 2 Thread   
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    I'm so happy for Montpéllier. They seem to be doing what I'd love to see PSG doing: Signing French-based players who are either well experienced (Congré) or talented (Charbonnier). These early signings PSG made last year in Gameiro, Bisevac and Ménez and the fact that they kept Kombouaré made me think that they were a rich team just trying to justify a nice French-based core in their squad - kind of like becoming ''the new Lyon'' - the Lyon team from the middle of the 00's, that is.
    Shame they turned their back on spent a pile on Pastore, fired Kombouaré for no reason and signed an average player, or shall I say an overrated player in Lugano. I can't blame them though, as they're incredibly wealthy, but Montpéllier is becoming what PSG could have become in my eyes. Of course not as wealthy, but as a spectacular attraction for French-based players to join due to their rising status and CL play. Hats of for them for these signings.
    Contrary to the Parisians, they're not stalling their youngsters one bit despite CL participation and therefore some higher demands on the team. Dabo, Vallette and Sylla - three MHSC youth players - have been awarded with first team contracts. No doubt they're talented, but they're nowhere close to the standards of Bahebeck and Kebano. Both of whom in the 10/11 season showed what they're made of only to be affected negatively by the Qatari buy-out. Without overhyping them, I genuinely believe that they would be stars in Montpéllier or at any other team in Ligue 1 except for the big four (Lille, Lyon, l'OM and PSG).
    Then there's Mounier of Nice. One of the better players in Ligue 1 that's not playing for European-challenging team. He's on the hot track for Montpéllier and with only a year to go on his contract with Nice, they're demanding 3.5m € for their star. One would think that they MHSC would instantly pay them that sum given that their attacking-department is perhaps the weakest spot in the team (at least for CL standards), but no, they're waiting out the Côte d'Azur outfit to hit reality. They might be desperate to improve their squad for the forthcoming season, but not at any breath-taking cost.
    Sooner or later, Mounier will join MHSC. That I'm sure of. Either through agreeing a lower-cost deal with Nice or him requesting a move more western out on the coast. What I'm saying is that MHSC hasn't let their succcess taking the best out of them - megalomania - in other words. It might be east to say that you should never do it, but in football, it's way different. It's like comparing two different worlds.
    Even though PSG most likely will spend a large chuck on players again, Lille looking ready to battle for the trophy, l'OM seeking revenge for a wasteful season and Lyon being hungry for a title again, MHSC just keep on doing what they've been doing since the promotion back in '09. They've got an interesting project running there and they're strictly following it, despite not counting in a Ligue 1 title by their hands. Magnificent.
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    I'm so happy for Montpéllier. They seem to be doing what I'd love to see PSG doing: Signing French-based players who are either well experienced (Congré) or talented (Charbonnier). These early signings PSG made last year in Gameiro, Bisevac and Ménez and the fact that they kept Kombouaré made me think that they were a rich team just trying to justify a nice French-based core in their squad - kind of like becoming ''the new Lyon'' - the Lyon team from the middle of the 00's, that is.
    Shame they turned their back on spent a pile on Pastore, fired Kombouaré for no reason and signed an average player, or shall I say an overrated player in Lugano. I can't blame them though, as they're incredibly wealthy, but Montpéllier is becoming what PSG could have become in my eyes. Of course not as wealthy, but as a spectacular attraction for French-based players to join due to their rising status and CL play. Hats of for them for these signings.
    Contrary to the Parisians, they're not stalling their youngsters one bit despite CL participation and therefore some higher demands on the team. Dabo, Vallette and Sylla - three MHSC youth players - have been awarded with first team contracts. No doubt they're talented, but they're nowhere close to the standards of Bahebeck and Kebano. Both of whom in the 10/11 season showed what they're made of only to be affected negatively by the Qatari buy-out. Without overhyping them, I genuinely believe that they would be stars in Montpéllier or at any other team in Ligue 1 except for the big four (Lille, Lyon, l'OM and PSG).
    Then there's Mounier of Nice. One of the better players in Ligue 1 that's not playing for European-challenging team. He's on the hot track for Montpéllier and with only a year to go on his contract with Nice, they're demanding 3.5m € for their star. One would think that they MHSC would instantly pay them that sum given that their attacking-department is perhaps the weakest spot in the team (at least for CL standards), but no, they're waiting out the Côte d'Azur outfit to hit reality. They might be desperate to improve their squad for the forthcoming season, but not at any breath-taking cost.
    Sooner or later, Mounier will join MHSC. That I'm sure of. Either through agreeing a lower-cost deal with Nice or him requesting a move more western out on the coast. What I'm saying is that MHSC hasn't let their succcess taking the best out of them - megalomania - in other words. It might be east to say that you should never do it, but in football, it's way different. It's like comparing two different worlds.
    Even though PSG most likely will spend a large chuck on players again, Lille looking ready to battle for the trophy, l'OM seeking revenge for a wasteful season and Lyon being hungry for a title again, MHSC just keep on doing what they've been doing since the promotion back in '09. They've got an interesting project running there and they're strictly following it, despite not counting in a Ligue 1 title by their hands. Magnificent.
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    Lensois got a reaction from A2R in English Championship 5579 - Discussion Thread   
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    Why's everybody making transfer bids and deals the very day I start my 07:00-16:00 work?
    And 68 messages when I logged on today. Wow.
    Anyway, I'm just here to say that I will send oout the players who I've already agreed to send out on loan to certain managers on Friday - when I'm free of duty for this week - and could those managers also send an in-game PM saying what players I had promised to loan out to each and everyone?
    Cheers.
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    Lensois reacted to Elohim in Official French Ligue 1 & 2 Thread   
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    I don't buy peoples arguments that France is declining as a league just because Lyon and Marseille are upping bad results.
    Times are changing, new teams are becoming the big teams in France.
    Lille is there to stay ... with or without Hazard.
    Montpellier has been a "surprise" this season, Giroud has bagged alot of goals ... but Girard will find a replacement for him if he leaves so that's not the end of their campaign either.
    Toulouse is the up-and-coming team in France, highly interesting with ALOT of young potential stars ! I've a feeling that if Sochaux gets relegated this is where Martin will end up.
    Rennes will most likely lose M'vila, no one can ever replace M'vila but there are other young promising midfielders in france that can take his place ... I'm not too worried about them not being able to handle themselves without M'vila tbh!
    PSG ... well, nothing really needs to be said here ... here is the powerhouse in France, this is where the money is ... Unfortunately I don't like the owners ... nor their "plans" for the team ... I want young players ... not oldies that has seen their best years.
    But in all ... there's nothing about the french league that is declining ... IMO It's only getting stronger ... and if people would actually start to watch it consistently they'd be amazed


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    A few more;


    And this I made just to try out something new.

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    ASSE's really been the suprise package of the season. Who would have thought that they'd lie on a 4th place with only a 1/3 of the season remaining? Seriously, considering that they've finished 10th-17th-17th over these past three seasons. Sure, they had a nice 2007/08 season where they ended up landing on a 5th place and reaching UEFA League-displays, but how many players are still there since that season? I recall only three players: Perrin, Janot and Bayal Sall. However, the latter hasn't had any influence whatsoever in this campaign due to Galtier's preference of other players.
    Anyway, 4-0 and 4-2 victories are their latest result. Both of these two results show that Galtier's method of coaching has been hitting the players, as these results show a strong team mentality. Galtier is also a coach with a whole lot of charisma, so that is hardly suprising. He is a motivator, which the camera's been catching throughout his ASSE career. What is suprising me though is the fact that his mentality is reaching out to the players. Speficially in Saint-Étienne, saying that it's magical is an understatement.
    We've got to remember that a coach such as Alain Perrin had some really troubles with taking on the ASSE infrastructure, which really proves that the greener parts of Rhône-alley isn't easy to be within. A season earlier, Perrin had taken home the double with Lyon and that was the first time Lyon did so (or at least it was the first time in quite a while - don't remember exactly) and yet he got the axe from Aulas. So Perrin was a respectable man within l'héxagon and considering that he only a season earlier had managed to take home Coupe de France with Sochaux (and beating l'OM in the final), his appointment as a manager in the catastrophic mess ASSE were finding themselves at was hailed. He never got the team where wanted though and would later get fired.
    Funnily enough, Galtier was his assistant coach. However, Perrin's method of coaching wasn't something Galtier brought to himself. Instead, freezing out unwanted players and following the same plan no matter what seems to be Galtier's method. For instance, I've never seen Galtier flexing his tactics: During his three years long run as the head of ASSE, I've only seen him using the 4-4-2 trend or the 4-5-1, which at occasions just looks as a 4-5-1 on the paper when it actually transforms into a 4-4-2 on the pitch.
    Having said that, he is setting his foot down quite largely. He don't really care about the name on the back and is picking out the players he feels are right for him and his vision. I mean, I recall Bayal Sall and N'Daw being quite decent players, but whenever they were functioned under Galtier, things never really worked out and it affected the team's results - and like I said, despite the fact that they were players with some nice routine of French football, they never really got to set their foot again as first-team players under Galtier. That really sends a signal to the ASSE players that no previously manager really had the guts to do - namely that ''if you don't do your job, you're out''. It's as simple as that.
    That melody is what I also think has been the major reason to why Saint-Étienne suddenly has started to perform like this: All the players are putting their hearts out for the club in order to stay clean with Galtier and develop as players. That was never really the case under Perrin or Roussey, as they regulary netted in the same underperforming players over and over again.
    Fact is, that under the summer mercato '10, which was Galtier's first real window (don't really counted the January '10 window in as they were in a dangerous spot and to change the team drastically there would have been suicidal), only three real members of the first team left (Mirallas, Dabo and Fernandes). Yet, seemingly, the team gathered positive results the following season and whilst Payet's brilliant season may have been a definitive reason for that, that very season would have never taken place if it weren't for Galtier. Taking a 10th place must have been celebrated as a title win considering how the Rhône-outfit were sweating their necks off the two earlier seasons to maintain a Ligue 1-place.
    Replacing them, did Bocanegra, Ebondo, Battles and youngsters such as Guilavogui, Néry and Ghoulam. Especially the youngsters fall into the category of ''Galtier's successful relevation''. I mean, who would have thought that Saint-Étienne would give these players a chance to prove themselves regulary after the caotic period they've suffered from? That was truly a cold decision by Galtier and really significance that he really doesn't care about the name on the back. Spicing my statement up by continually melt down the 4-4-2 tactics into the players' brains and not really make to much dramatic changes in the line-up and tactics when thing go wrong, Galtier's proven that he's got patience.
    As I wrote on an essay, patience is what you need during trouble-filled periods. Otherwise, you won't have a positive outcome. That applies for every area you know of: All the way from the Eastern bloc's outbreak from the communist Soviet to how you get bullied at school. If you are just patience enough, everything you've dreamed of, will come through. So, if you don't want to get bullied at school, just ignore the bullies and they will let you be sooner or later. That's why patience is the synonym of determination.
    Exactly that is what applies for Galtier and his ASSE: He had one big hill to climb over, but with patience and therefore determination, he has managed to overcome any problems.
    If you substract the 08/09 seasons 17th place with this season's (at the moment) 5th place, you'll get 12 obviously. The ''12 player'' of ASSE can just brand themselves lucky for having a coach like Galtier.
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    I love how everyone goes like ''Elohim this'' and ''Elohim that'', but forget that it says ''Pazz'' up there as well, but then again, I cannot complain; He's getting all the criticism afterall.
    Elohim, did you take in my PM-corrections into cosideration?
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    I love how everyone goes like ''Elohim this'' and ''Elohim that'', but forget that it says ''Pazz'' up there as well, but then again, I cannot complain; He's getting all the criticism afterall.
    Elohim, did you take in my PM-corrections into cosideration?
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    Manchester. You dissed my city, so.
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    Keita is' date=' sadly (I'm a Lens supporter and he's perhaps the best player we've had ever), only going down at this very rate. He's not got the age on his side and he doesn't really object the fact that he's noy given more minutes for Barca. Amalfitano, on the other hand, has been of the better players for l'OM since we entered the new year and was earlier this week elected to play for France the next week. Seeing as he's hit a stunning form and has been elected to play for France, I wouldn't rule out to see him as a Euro '12 member of France. If I know Blanc right, he might even suprise us all and give Morgan regularly minutes. This is all hypothetically-speaking though, but I'd still take Amalfitano.
    Yes, been vital for MHSC alongside Belhanda and Giroud. Must rise.
    Really one of the bigger relevations this season and I'm not suprised seeing as I've hailed the kid over these past seasons or so. Definitely a player who can maintain a starting place for MHSC sooner or later and I wouldn't be suprised if he'd do it. Keep him.
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    So yeah, Reja's gone. Who would have seen that coming, huh? As much as I think it's dire, this is why I love Calcio. You never see what will come and even though everything seems dead cert at one specfic pointer, you'll get another fiver. That, beside the fact that Milan plays there, is the reason to why I follow Liga d'italia. You'd never see any drama in English or Spanish football - or wait, perhaps you do (Capello) - but that doesn't count, as he is Italian after all.
    And on topic of drama and sensation's, newsreports in Italy made it clear that Lazio were after Lippi. That wouldn't have made any sense at all considering his preference for the old studs, which, by the look of things, wouldn't benefit Lazio at all.
    I mean, the only area that Reja couldn't blend in his management to 100% was the trequartista area. Sure, he had and made ''the profet'' into a player of highest Serie A standard, but behind Hernanes things weren't looking as smoothly. A replacement and alternative to him was lacking, which was the main reason to why Tare jogged his pants off to get Honda's signature. Having said that, I really doubt a 30+ player would be the ideal pair to Hernanes considering how important pace is when it comes to a trequartista.
    I mean, just look at how he selected the Italian squad for this past World Cup: ~39% of the squad were composed of players older than 30 years and the starting XI consisted of players older than 30 years up to ~45% (Paraguay vs Italy). Compare that to the Germans who had a total of only ~13% in their squad older than the age of 30 and only ~18% in total in the starting XI (Germany vs Australia). The high percentage of older players in Italy doesn't lie in the fact that they've got no talents and that Serie A is a retirement home for the elderly people, which Milan used to be by the way.
    How you could say no to players such as Giuseppe Rossi, Andrea Cossu, Alessandro Gamberini, Antonio Cassano (yes, I am well aware of the trouble issues, but we're on the topic of World Cups!) and Gaetano D'Agostino is beyond me.
    However, I shall not dig in to deeply into this subject as I don't want to repeat the 2010 version of myself... All I can say is that I am glad that Del Neri instead is the hottest track at the moment.
    Like I said, what Reja couldn't really accomplish was to try and put some offensive responsebilities off Hernanes' shoulders, but seeing as Hernanes was put on as a pure trequartista with the mission of converting the midfielders and defenders passing into a walk it home for Klose, it was made impossible. Wether it was beacuse of the fact that Reja's tactics was too one-dimensional from Hernanes point of view or beacuse of the fact that Tare has, and always will be, a joke of a sports-director is another fiver though. I'll leave it at that.
    Anyway, Del Neri's ultra-offensive 4-4-2 or 4-2-4 if you may, should take of some pressure from Hernanes to constantly perform and be the man between a highly regarded win at Stadio Olimpico or crusified by the right-wing ultras of Lazio at Juventus Stadium. It'd also lift off some of the pressure Klose's been receiving after Cissé's too early departure. Kozak will never be a world beater, Rocchi is getting older and older, Makinwa isn't really in Rome and it'd help Alfaro to get used to Italian football nice and smoothly and not getting rushed in to fast. At the same time, it'd make him fight for a place, which would just eager his motivation further and perhaps, by the next season, he'll take on a regular seat.
    So there you have it: Partner Hernanes with Klose upfront. They've already prove that they can play next together successfully and looking back at Del Neri's successful Sampdoria days, Cassano and Pazzini successfully partnered upfront back in the 09/10 season. Cassano, as you know, isn't the type of player that's just waiting for the ball - which Pazzini really is - he runs in a creative, free role to nurture the ball and be a part of the attacking build-up. Del Neri got the best out of the good old Antonio in this fashion and that's how I want him to use Hernanes as well. I mean, Hernanes' got it all in the bag to handle a role such as that and it wouldn't take too much time for him acclimatize into a role such as that one, as it's on the verge of clashing with the trequartista role.
    However, despite that, Lazio's attacking build-up wouldn't get too much one-dimensional seeing as Del Neri's perhaps most important attacking equaliant are the wingers. Looking at the Lazio squad, they've got tons of players too chose from when it comes down to wing-play. You've got the likes of Lulic, Konko, Mauri, Matuzalém and newly arrived Candreva, whom I expect to take the lead act. How they should line-up and such, is all up to Del Neri (if he'd arrive), but that they've got material for his style of play is definitely unquestionable. Not exactly world beaters, but were Mannini and Semioli really it as well...? Remember how well things panned out for them when Del Neri were in charge of the Ligurian outfit.
    Shall Del Neri head to the capital and Zárate return, then I really think that Lazio can accomplish something great. Just imagine dividing between Hernanes and Zárate in that ''Cassano-role''. That would be just terrific and I fully expect that to be a dream-scenario for Zárate, as his playing-style (and temprament for that matter) isn't too far off Cassano's. However, would he fail, then I think that his time, no matter how loved he really is by the ultras and how much he cost Lotito (around 16m €), his time at Lazio will be cut loose. That I can guarantee.
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    Haha, no shame in that. Got your back.
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    Erm. I think a lot of people have more or less repeated what I highlighted in my post above.
    Bradford, majority of the time I disagree with your opinions and I'm a Blue for crying out loud. I think you're a little too tinted with those glasses and you need to be a lot more patient.
    Couldn't be bothered with another long speel, never seem to get bloody quoted, only the silly ones or the blue meanies ones do.
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    I bet I know who created this video...

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