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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by McLewis on Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:21 am

Hell of an Interview with Sabatini. Some incendiary stuff in here:

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Sabatini on Roma:

“I’m trying to cure myself of the Roma disease that I’ve carried around with me. Roma isn’t a team, it’s a part of your soul. It’s love and venom. It’s the lung I lost, to not even talk about what else I lost to that club. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions.”

Sabatini on retiring after Roma:


“When I said I’d retire after Roma, I really believed it at the time. Roma has that effect on you. After that I worked for Suning, not for Inter. Then I came back to reality. Only now after two years can I speak on Roma with a certain amount of detachment.”

Sabatini on returning to Roma:

“Never, it would be impossible. Not to mention it would be a mistake.”

Sabatini on Baldissoni:

“He’s a well-meaning guy but ineffective. He has a pure kind of intelligence. He’s more analytical than streetwise. He’s great at putting things in order but hard to get a hold of. His one weakness is he’s lived a perfect life. I always tell him: ‘How much do you suffer under this boss you have?’”

Sabatini on Spalletti:

“He’s a generous man unlike many. It’s impossible to pay him back for everything he puts in, which is rare in a coach. His behaviour is often down to defending himself against his own fears ahead of time, and some complexes that don’t give him an easy life. But he’s a top coach and a great person.”

Sabatini on Monchi:

“We’ve very different. He has a method, I don’t. Let’s say he’s more sensitive to catering to the benevolence of others. But I have to say he has always publicly recognized my work.”

Sabatini on Kolarov:

“He’s amazed me. I wasn’t expecting to find that same desire to run up and down the wings. He’s an invicible warrior like Strootman.”

Sabatini on Strootman:

“I’d never get rid of him. Strootman is my hero and he always will be, because he plays football for the whole week and not just on Sundays.”

Sabatini on saying Pastore can’t handle competition:

“I’m an agent provocateur. Pastore is like my son and I’ll tell him what I want. In his first year in Paris he did unstoppable things, then he slowed down. He knows it too, and I told him this in private. But he’s a genius of football and has that Argentinian pride. At Roma he will entertain you.”

Sabatini on Ricky Massara:

“I definitely think the world of him. He’s a problem-solver, intelligent and loyal like few others. I pushed him to go back to Roma because I didn’t want him to get typecast by staying around me. And Ricky has Roma under his skin like me.”

Sabatini on Nainggolan:

“After his sale, I don’t feel like it’s my Roma anymore. It was right to change this much, every cycle has an end and you have to know when ahead of time. There are two explanations behind Nainggolan’s sale. The first is the 38 million banked before 30th June, of which 14 million was paid back through Santon and Zaniolo. The second is that Roma had enough. They couldn’t put up with supporting his excesses anymore. Spalletti, on the other hand, controls him well enough. Spalletti’s method was to make Nainggolan sleep with him at Trigoria. Each of them in their own separate bedroom, with the door open between them. Spalletti is a genius when handling these things. For someone like Radja I wish him well, he’s a kid that always fascinates you. I think he will give the best of himself to Inter and show people things they weren’t expecting. He’s a player that works off his nervous energy, not his physique.”

Sabatini on Roma’s mercato so far:

“I think the world of Kluivert. That was a big deal. So was getting in the adopted Frenchman who will play behind him. I think they will sell Alisson to Chelsea for 70 million. Look, at that price goalkeepers can get sold. Otherwise you’d have to be in a position to offer a contract extension at 5 or 6 million per season and for me, Roma isn’t in a position to do that.”

Sabatini on De Rossi:

“A great soul. One who would cut off his arm for Roma.”

Sabatini on Totti:

“I wish him well. He’s a intangible monolith of Rome. If you touch him you’re dead. It’s not his fault. Already at twenty years old, everyone taught him to think: ‘Rome is me.’ He’s a fun guy and an immeasurable champion. I’ve seen him do unprecedented things on the pitch.”

Sabatini on his best signing:

“Marquinhos at 18 years old. Signing him and then selling him on that fast. Credit to Zeman too, who had the courage to play him.”

Sabatini on whether his two biggest ‘instinct-signing’ fails are Iturbe and Gerson:

“Gerson showed some important signs but he’s a lazy player. He still hasn’t understood he has to make the most of his enormous physical advantage. He never takes on his man. He gets too satisfied with himself. I tell him to play more all the time. One time I wrote to him: ‘You’re going to give me runs up the pitch with the ball but then you’re going to dribble past your man just every once in a while?’

Iturbe had a problem that we choose to hide. He started off very strong with Roma. Then he probably ruptured his cruciate ligament and we didn’t send him to surgery. We chose instead to send him to therapy to recover naturally and from that point he wasn’t himself anymore.”

Sabatini on Stekelenburg:

“We were unlucky with him. He’s a great goalkeeper but very self-entitled. A Dutchman with frail personality and a big disappointment. Something that Alisson isn’t. But let’s not also forget the kick in the head that he took from Lucio at the San Siro. After that he lost confidence.”

Sabatini on Allegri:

“The other day I threatened him: ‘It’s as if you’re accusing me of being a director who tries hard but has never won anything. I’ll go get the contract you signed with Roma from my desk right now.’ But he’s had a big hand in the victories at Juventus, he’s a great coach and a fine strategist. One time he told me: ‘I’ve got weaknesses but I know how to identify players.’ That’s true. Just look at Pjanic at regista.”

Sabatini on Rudi Garcia:

“I wish him well. The first year together was like walking on water but by the third year it was like his head was lost under the water. With Rudi, the president was rude. There was no need to knock a man down when he’s brought you Champions League qualification for two years in a row.”

Sabatini on Pallotta:

“He’s an insecure man. We’ll only remember the denials from him.”

Sabatini on Di Francesco:

“I like how he’s managed the Roma squad. He’s given room and chances to everyone, and then he reached a semi-final of the Champions League and almost a final. He’s made the Romans proud after such a long time.”

Sabatini on finding himself supporting Roma in the Champions League:

“I didn’t surprise myself. I support Roma without shame.”

The bits about Iturbe, Gerson, Allegri and Nainggolan are quite interesting.

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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by rincon on Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:36 pm

A look at the top teams main transfer moves so far. The top 4 has been particularly busy with all the teams making big moves.

Juve: Continued with the generational change that we've been going through.

Replaced Buffon with Perin. Replaced old fullbacks Licht and Asamoah with younger players, Spinazzola (tore his ACL now Sad ) and Cancelo. Signed Can. Finally and out of the blue signed Ronaldo, probably will sell Pjaca and Higuain now. Midfield issue still not resolved after 40m spent in defense, 20m in GK and 100m in attack.

Napoli: Sacked Sarri and most impressively signed Ancelotti. Besides a few pieces, Napoli is just focusing on keeping the old team together.

A finished Reina is gone to Milan and made Meret the 3rd most expensive GK transfer in Serie A history. Meret then broke his arm in training but they signed also Karnezis. In the striker department, Pavoletti and D. Zapata were sold definitively and Inglese finally joins after his loan plus some kid named Vinicius. Verdi and Fabian Ruiz should be 2 important signings. Jorginho's role so far will be taken over by Hamsik instead of a new signing.

Roma: Monchi continues to dismantle the squad and build a new one with transfers in every department. This time without FFP constraints and with CL money, exciting times for Roma.

Nainggolan sold to Inter. Peres, Skorupski and Iturbe (finally) sold. In come Pastore, Cristante, Coric and Zaniolo in the midfield with a lot of potential in that group. Santon, Marcano, Mirante, Fuzato (young GK) and Bianda (young CB) join for the backline. So far Kluivert is the only reinforcement in attack. More sales should come to make room for all this people.

Inter: Opposite to Roma, Inter seems focused addressing the issues in their squad

Radja Nainggolan. Big signing from Roma. They had struggled with Mario, Borja and Rafinha in the hole (although Rafinha worked), now that should be well fixed with the Radja-Spalletti dream team. Unsung hero Eder is replaced with Lautaro Martinez. Candreva (not sold) is replaced with Politano. Nagatomo is replaced with Asamoah. Santon is replaced with Dimarco. De Vrij joins the defense.
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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by Robespierre on Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:28 pm

Truth or  BS ? Antonio Conte soon to Milan, according to Sportmediaset

http://www.sportmediaset.mediaset.it/mercato/milan/milan-rivoluzione-in-vista-via-gattuso-subito-conte_1225995-201802a.shtml
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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by juvealbanian on Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:44 pm

So Conte went from "you can't dine at a 100€ restaurant with 10€" to "we are so rich"

poor guy.
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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by S on Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:52 pm

@Robespierre wrote:Truth or  BS ? Antonio Conte soon to Milan, according to Sportmediaset

http://www.sportmediaset.mediaset.it/mercato/milan/milan-rivoluzione-in-vista-via-gattuso-subito-conte_1225995-201802a.shtml


Top 4 guaranteed for them next season if true

The best person they can hire to bring them back to relevancy
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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by Robespierre on Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:09 pm

It'd be unreal signing for them but at the same time Conte would be so idiot to accept.
Taking a team on 2nd half of July, athletic preparation already begun from another coach, Milan chaos etc
It would not be surprising Conte to join in a Milan without cups, at the end this is exactly his favorite situation, but it'd be surprising to make it on these conditions
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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by Luca on Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:15 pm

I don't think even with Conte that Milan team is a lock for the top 4.

Everyone above them improved.

Roma is the wildcard having signed a bunch of young players and losing Nainggolan [to a rival], and perhaps even Alisson by the end of the summer. Still, their squad is much better than Milan's, including Conte managing them.
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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by McLewis on Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:09 pm

I think we're probably 4th at the moment. Napoli haven't changed much which keeps them above us, we gave Inter our best player over the last 2 years and they've also gotten Lazio's top defender as well while keeping all of their key pieces (particularly the coach) from last season, and Juve went out and signed freaking CR7 himself.

We, on the other hand, are rebuilding again so this will be yet another transitional season. We have some injured players coming back from long-term injuries (Karsdorp and Luca Pellegrini) that resemble new signings. A completely new look midfield post-Ninja and more depth out wide. With Alisson with one foot out the door the only other question marks are around his replacement (Areola probably), Florenzi and maybe Perotti. Flo will probably sign his extension and I hope Perotti stays, but if a decent offer comes in, he may be the one going.

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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by S on Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:20 pm

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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by Luca on Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:01 pm



This will be my favourite meme of the season
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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by Warrior on Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:23 pm

Sturaro is a true G on the internet.

First he put that 12 year old Napoli fan in shame where he belongs, and now he did not follow back CR7 on twitter. Takes balls.
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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by S on Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:46 pm

Leonardo could return to Milan as a technical director according to various reports
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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by Vibe on Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:59 pm

Sabatini is such a boss.

Impressive man.
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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by S on Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:01 pm



Couldn't understand all of it(but I get the gist of it) but the Cristiano and the Conte segments are hilarious Laughing
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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by Robespierre on Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:10 pm

Frankly I dislike " gli autogol" ( they stopped making me laugh for a long time  ) except for that beautiful blond girl named  Ludovica Pagani ( you can watch her on 0:51 smoking . shame for that kit )
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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by juvealbanian on Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:38 pm

@S wrote:

Couldn't understand all of it(but I get the gist of it) but the Cristiano and the Conte segments are hilarious Laughing

Basically they made fun of Milan's situation then Inter fans being enthusiastic about their CHL return until Juve boyz show up in the beach with mister siuuuu getting all the chicks (5 CHL) and the Juve guy asking Cristiano to teach him how to get along with those CHL chicks.
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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by S on Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:55 am

Parma handed five-point deduction

The FIGC announces Parma will remain in Serie A, albeit with a five-point deduction, while Emanuele Calaio receives a two-year ban.

Italian football’s governing body announced its verdict following investigations into suspect text messages sent by the player prior to least season’s decisive Serie B match against Spezia.

Calaio, a former Spezia player, sent messages to ex-teammates Filippo De Col and Claudio Terzi prior to the final match of the 2017-18 campaign between the teams.


In those, he was alleged to have attempted to influence the outcome of the match by ‘eliciting a reduced effort’ from the two players.

It was reported that Parma, who beat Spezia 2-0 to secure a third straight promotion, were under threat of relegation back to the second tier.

However, following the conclusion of the investigation, it has been confirmed this will not happen – although the club will start the 2018-19 season on -5 points.

Parma had argued that the messages sent by Calaio were a joke. However, the sanctions handed out to the 36-year-old put his future career in doubt.
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Post by Robespierre on Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:55 am

That's because of some Whatsapp messagges
Telegram is better imo
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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by breva on Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:24 pm

Saw that on Gazzetta, pretty hip.
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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by Kaladin on Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:12 pm

This is why Serie A is where it is currently

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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by Robespierre on Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:51 am

What the hell is this crap.
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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by breva on Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:42 pm

Leonardo is back at Milan.  

https://www.gazzetta.it/Calcio/Serie-A/Milan/25-07-2018/milan-leonardo-nuovo-dt-elliott-scaroni-280902680901.shtml

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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by adun101 on Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:37 pm

Isn't Elliot going to sell Milan eventually? All these changes seem meaningless, the new owners will want to put their people.

If they do, I hope it will be to the Rickets. They hired the guy responsible for ending the Red Sox curse and he ended the Cubs curse. That would be like going after Pep. They also managed to fight retarded Chicago bureaucracy (corruption) to renovate Wrigley Field and rebuild the whole area around it.
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Re: 2018/19 Calcio Saga

Post by breva on Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:24 pm

I think Elliot sanctioned the hiring of Leonardo.  I heard this morning on the Football Show that they (Elliot)  were thinking of hiring an MLS guy for the job, but I guess they came to their senses.
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