Straight from the dark heart of Italy
It never rains but it pours.AS Roma’s damp squib of a season continued to float down the swanny on Wednesday evening.A monsoon hit the Eternal City just before kick-off against Sampdoria and after a few minutes of splashing around out on the pitch, the game was called off.
"Alright fellas, you can turn the sprinklers off now..."
Cue faces like a wet bank holiday amongst the Roma players as they trooped back to their “retreat” at Trigoria . They had been there since Sunday evening, cooped up in their dorms at the training complex and no doubt couldn’t wait for the chance to get back to the outside world.At least Antonio Cassano and Francesco Totti seem to have made up, if the hugs and kisses before kick-off are anything to go by. Initially, it may have looked as if the Gods were doing the Romans a favour with their deluge, in the light of recent form, but that now leaves the thorny issue of when the fixture can be played.The league have suggested November 12 which has raised much consternation in the Giallorossi camp as it comes just four days before the derby with Lazio.More than likely the Italian Cup date on December 17 will be shunted off to some time in the New Year to accommodate Roma’s wishes.No shunting Udinese and Napoli from top spot and isn’t this the feel-good story of the season so far amongst all the economic doom and gloom, not to mention the weather?Let it rain, says Serie Aaaaargh!, as long as these two purveyors of attractive and eye-catching football keep grabbing the headlines.And what headlines they are too: “Napoli in Heaven,” was how Corriere dello Sport greeted the 3-0 win over Reggina.Don’t be surprised if Diego Maradona makes a return to the club to bring his number 10 shirt out of retirement for Ezequiel Lavezzi.For too long the old saying, “See Naples and die” conjured up images of gangland shootings and rat-infested streets as rubbish was left uncollected.Out at the dear old, dilapidated San Paolo stadium, Edy Reja’s boys are bringing a bit of sunshine back to the city on the bay.
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The real test comes this Sunday at the San Siro when just about every Milanese pizzeria will be packed out for what could well be a potential title clash with AC Milan.Neapolitans are also di rigeur at the moment in Udine where the fun-loving Antonio Di Natale, Fabio Quagliarella and Antonio Floro Flores have won over the gruff habitants of the north-east.They ended Catania’s 100 percent home record on Wednesday and with travel-sick Genoa arriving in Friuli on Sunday, there is every chance of claiming top spot all to themselves.
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