Ciao Ciro

Posted on 19/01/2010


by Sumeet Paul | ESPNsoccernet

Toothless. Embarrassing. Shameful. What does this list have in common? They all describe the performance that viewers around the world witnessed in Turin last night from a quite simply shambolic Juventus side. Following the 3-0 mauling at the hands of AC Milan, the Rossoneri must wish they could play us every weekend.

Back in September and in the early development of Ciro Ferrara’s tenure as Juventus coach, there was widespread optimism in Turin. With his summer recruits almost effortlessly integrating themselves into the side, things looked positive for the season ahead. Meanwhile, our rivals in the red half of Milan also found themselves with a novice as coach. Things looked bleak as talk circulated of Leonardo being a game away from an inevitable sacking. How very different things look in 2010.

The Brazilian has gone from strength to strength, receiving plaudits from across the globe for his enthralling style of play. On the other end of the spectrum, is the forlorn sight of one Ciro Ferrara. His tactical inexperience and inability to get the best out of his squad have been ruthlessly laid bare in recent weeks. As I have said before, his players have disappeared into the Turin mist on more than one occasion this season, but last night, not for the first time, I saw a man who had no answer.

With our Scudetto hopes all but ended, only the Europa League to contend for outside of the domestic playing field, perhaps the only realistic chance of silverware this year will come in the shape of the Coppa Italia. Even so, a tricky tie against a Napoli side unbeaten since October lies ahead on Wednesday night. However what is more certain is that Ciro is not the man to bring back success. Despite having a squad decimated by injuries, with the talent on show, we had enough to be competitive at the very least.

A combination of consistently woeful defending, coupled with an attack about as dangerous as a Chihuahua, it is time for a change. Those who he thought he could depend on have let him down, namely Fabio Cannavaro who looked a day away from retirement last night, while his Brazilian trio were abysmal as usual. All the more ridiculous was the sudden ‘stroke of genius’ to ask Diego to become a right winger for the closing stages. So Ciro…it pains me to say this but grazie e ciao! Who knows, he may be given his 9th life, and I for one would welcome being made to eat my words if it meant seeing a successful Bianconeri. If rumours are to be believed though, I hear a wily old Dutch tactician could soon be available…

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