Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Roberto Gotta in Italy

If you take a cursory look through the Italian media, you'll believe scarcely anyone plays Serie A football besides Milan and Juventus, whose every move during their mini-training camp in Dubai is analysed with shocking and needless scrutiny (did Matri really finish a 100-yard dash behind Chiellini?). Make the titanic effort to look beyond those two and there - sitting just behind the joint leaders in points, newspaper inches, TV minutes, hype and unconfirmed transfer rumours - are Udinese and Lazio. The former are a provincial side patronised by the mainstream media and the latter are a huge, metropolitan club whose main negative, even incurable weakness in the eyes of many, is not being Roma.

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