"We will keep fighting for the third place til the very end. Why giving it up earlier?" said Andrea Stramaccioni at the end of Fiorentina-Inter. A goalles draw in Florence is not enough to stop Inter coach's will to fight for a Champions League spot, but more than enough to spread the word about a pre-agreement reached between Moratti and Claudio Prandelli - the Italian national team current manager should head towards Appiano Gentile after Euro 2012.
Good news? Bad news? Not so important at this stage. The only certain thing is that talking about Prandelli or anyone else it will not increase the team spirit and determination for the last mile of the race for the CL spot. But it seems that the board is more worried to stop players and fans' requests of a permanent contract for Stramaccioni than of being out of Europe next season.
Fiorentina-Inter poor display of football, could have been a serious contender for the worst show offered among serie A's fixtures. A game which offered nothing. Unless you can say worthy to be mentioned the few notes I saved during this match: Inter starting with a 4-2-3-1 formation instead of the recent 4-3-3; Forlan behind Milito; Stankovic on the bench; Zanetti injured and substituted by Nagatomo; Julio Cesar's saving a not-so-well-kicked Ljajic's penalty; Milito's skills and quickness in his only shot of the game. Nothing worth recalling, actually.
But Fiorentina-Inter's misery was outclassed by Genoa-Siena's. What happened at Marassi wasn't an out of blue moment of collective madness but just another chapter of the steady Italian football decline, already marred by match fixing scandals. That game sent three terrible and very embarassing postcards: 1. menacing fans; 2. police doing nothing but staring and listening; 3. players scared to death, half naked, head down with shirts in hands. Postcards that could have been sent from nearly any other Italian stadium. It could have happen anywhere and that says it all about the state of the art of Italy's top league. Rotten and hopeless.
Serie A 2011-12 / Day 34
Fiorentina: Boruc, Camporese, Natali, Nastasic; Cassani, Kharja, Behrami (67' Salifu), Lazzari, Pasqual; Cerci; Ljajic (72' Acosty). Coach: Rossi
Inter: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Lucio, Chivu (83' Ranocchia), Zanetti (46' Nagatomo); Poli, Cambiasso; Alvarez, Forlan (54' Sneijder), Zarate; Milito. Coach: Stramaccioni
Yellow cards: Nastasic, Acosty, Pasqual, Lucio, Cerci; Chivu, Lucio, Milito, Julio Cesar