Alright, I know that we're playing home, so the whole "meet me in Napoli" motif with the Dean Martin song doesn't really work as well as planned. But I tried this before only to get shelved due to flooding in Naples. Conspiracy? Well, if I may put my, should I say, angry fan-boy hat (it's shaped like a phallus) on for a moment, yes. But while I am my hatless, normal, objective self, I guess torrential flooding resulting in actual deaths are a pretty good reason to postpone a game. How did that makeup go again? Oh yea. Best. Comeback. Ever. Or at least, in the post-Calciopoli era, which seems like forever. It's somewhat sad when a game that ended in a draw earned such accolades, but hey, what a draw it was.
We prepare to host a team which has become a
bit of a gigantic thorn in our sides, since we both gained promotion from Serie B together. Only they were down there not as victims of their own success but rather, their own massive failure and mismanagement. In other words, Massimo Morratti had no reason to try and take them down in order to gain an advantage. I'm not still bitter. We smoked Inter last week, by the way.
Anyway, today the other team from Milan could only manage a draw against the attack-minded
giants I mean Barcelona of Serie A minnows Catania, miraculously without a penalty to secure an additional two points. That means with a win tomorrow, we draw within two of the current champions. Let's do this.
Le chiavi: clearly, the matchup between Chiellini and Cavani will be key. Giorgio tends to shine in moments like this, when matched up against another team's top-class big gun; although last year, he was simply too much for us.
Good news: No injuries or omissions of note. We'll have a full-strength squad at our disposal.
Bad news: Napoli's penchant for wide-play make this a prime game for Conte to switch back to his 3-5-2, which has worked with mixed results in the past. The question is whether he will employ this formation and, if so, if this means another game without Lichtsteiner on the pitch? It's certainly looking possible. That makes me nervous.
Not to mention their devastating counter-attacking play.
Also, despite the whole "full-strength squad" thing, Borriello will likely at least make the bench. Meanwhile, Eljero Elia and Milos Krasic will be nowhere to be found. In other news, Clarence Clemons remains tragically passed, while Nickelback somehow continues to not only exist, but thrive. Life is simply not fair, kids.
My starting XI: (4-3-3) Gigi; Forrest, Boner, Georgie, PDC; Principino, Bon Pirlo, King Arthur; The Elia Formerly Known as a Dutch International, A-Mat, Sgt. Pepe.
(Probably More) Probable XI: (3-5-2) Buffon; Chiellini, Bonucci, Barzagli; De Ceglie, Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal, Caceres; Vucinic, Matri.
Yup, life isn't fair. But we can still turn lemons into lemonade.