Straight from the dark heart of Italy
Carlo Ancelotti in Father Christmas guise would certainly be an arresting sight in the lead up to the Christmas break.With his ever-expanding girth and drooping jowls, the AC Milan boss would play the part of old Santa to perfection. Speaking to satellite broadcaster Sky Sports Italia, cuddly Carlo revealed that if he had a sack of goodies sitting in front of him it would contain: an appointment with the barber for Ronaldinho, a pen for Jose Mourinho and a Milan shirt with No.10 on the back for Alessandro Del Piero – still his favourite player, apparently.
"Great goal... now get a bloody hair cut!"
What he won’t be handing out is the gift of three points to Claudio Ranieri this weekend.
It is a meeting between Juventus and the Rossoneri that neither side can afford to lose or the fat lady could well be belting out a ditty or two on where the title is heading. As it stands, Juve and Milan are currently six points behind Inter who are scheduled to have a kick-around against bottom side Chievo.In Turin, it’s much more serious and, on a personal level, especially for Ancelotti who was never accepted as one of their own by the Bianconeri followers when he was in charge.He was fired for 'only' finishing second and even six years down the road that bruising experience of his time in charge of the Old Lady still gets to someone who, on the whole, is a very affable fellow.Just this summer when the sides met in a friendly, he flicked the Juve fans the one-fingered salute as they baited him mercilessly about his ample appetite.No doubt a considerable section of the home support will once again be asking 'who ate all the pies', but he has promised he won't turn the other cheek this time around.The sight of Carlo’s ever-expanding frame waddling towards his tormentors would make for strangely compelling viewing.Milan seem to have come up with a pressie of sorts for their coach although he won’t be able to unwrap it until next season.It’s another Brazilian in the shape of Thiago Silva from Fluminense, who unbelievably does not possess a European passport.
Thiago Silva: Next stop... somewhere in Italy
So with the Rossoneri overstocked with non-EU members, the 24-year-old will more than likely be loaned out to Sampdoria or Fiorentina come January.
Milan have also been linked with William Gallas, but the ever-reliable Tuttosport claim that now they have cover in central defence it leaves the path clear for Juventus to swoop in and sign the Arsenal defender in the New Year. But all such issues will be put to one side for the main event come Sunday evening when Carlo sets out to feast on those who have previously mocked him.
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Great article. I think that the Serie A title will be going to the Rossoneri come the end of the season, unless Inter and Juve invest in some talented defenders. I would love the Viola to win the Scudetto, but that dream looks to be on hold for another season at least, but Champions League is very much possible.
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