In the Morning Paper

Been in a rush this morning, but I liked very much the letter by the editor this morning in Il Corriere dello Sport, so I thought I'd share the part about Ranieri, in lieu of any original thoughts.

He went up against Inter, against Mourinho, last year too, before being ungenerously and incredibly fired by Juve. Claudio Ranieri, the great protagonist of this championship, author of an exceptional pursuit, is now preparing to take on the nerazzurri with a Roma in a splendid state of health. Because if Inter sent a clear message to the league by liquidating Livorno with a formidable Eto'o capable of settling the score with an overhead kick, the giallorossi have responded with grit and determination by winning authoritatively in a difficult away game like that in Bologna. In spite of those who consider him a disciple of catenaccio and of those haven't yet understood the significance of the undertaking up to this point, Ranieri immediately sent a clear message to his players by confirming the tridente that defeated Udinese. But Ranieri did more still. Leading 1-0, faced with the prospective of being able to reinforce the hinges of the midfield, he instead insisted on his formula. Baptista on for Vucinic and Cerci on for Ménez. Some might think it was by chance, because there are those who believe that consistency is the same as continuing to fault, but the fact is that it was indeed Cerci that paved the way for the second goal, scored by Baptista. Roma is therefore ready to take on Inter this Saturday, knowing full well they'll face an extraordinary rival that could permit itself to continue to keep Balotelli out while also missing Sneijder and Milito. On the other hand, in this final sprint, Roma can play the ace Totti and there could be, for no team, a bigger acquisition.