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Sunday July 22 2012
Trofeo TIM tales

It’s only the Trofeo TIM, but Susy Campanale already saw pointers for Inter, Juventus and Milan.

The traditional summer tournament kicked off the new season last night on possibly the world’s worst pitch. The Stadio San Nicola in Bari is unaccustomed to top flight football, but even then there was no excuse for this vegetable patch of a playing surface. Martin Caceres and Simone Pepe paid the price, going off injured with a badly sprained knee and thigh strain respectively, while Lucio hopes the turf was to blame for his two defensive howlers.

All in all, it was not a great tournament for Juventus – despite the front page of today’s Tuttosport making it look as if they had won it. Injuries, Lucio not only slow but also surprisingly poor in the air, a chronic inability to finish off chances, scoring only with a soft penalty and worst of all Mirko Vucinic taking style tips from Marco Borriello. Please let’s hope the moustache, side-parting and floppy fringe is not going to become some sort of bizarre football fashion statement.

The Trofeo TIM highlighted how Juve desperately need a world class striker. They cannot compete in the Champions League and Serie A if they continue to waste scoring opportunities, something that was already apparent even in the Scudetto-winning campaign. These performances fuelled calls for Robin Van Persie or Stevan Jovetic to be drafted in, though I can’t help but wonder why Robert Lewandowski is not more of a target than Mattia Destro.

If Juve fans are a little concerned, then Milanisti are getting out the pitchforks and preparing to storm the castle. It’s a bad sign when your own supporters start legal action to get their season tickets reimbursed, accusing the club of ‘false advertising.’ Perhaps using Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva in the ad campaign was not the wisest choice... Many internationals are still away, but the fact remains this Rossoneri side looks more likely to compete for a Europa League spot than the Scudetto. “Some players have left and for now I can only work with the elements at my disposal,” said an increasingly desperate Massimiliano Allegri. The lack of options was obvious all over the park and it’ll take more than three free transfers to get this side going.

Inter can enjoy the Trofeo TIM, as they have done eight times in the total 12 editions. Their success was somewhat predictable considering their season begins on August 2 with the Europa League preliminary round. Andrea Stramaccioni gets his first pre-season to work with a senior team and has impressed with his maturity and tactical acumen. Rodrigo Palacio and his ludicrous pleated rat-tail of a hairstyle are settling in quickly, while at last someone might be able to get the best out of Philippe Coutinho in Serie A.

Of the three sides, the Nerazzurri are the ones who already appear to have a set identity, as Juve could still change radically depending on what type of striker they bring in. If the Bianconeri could go from seventh place to Scudetto winners in a year, why not Strama’s Inter?

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Have your say...
Can't deny inter played well - a win is a win. But to say Juve had a terrible time in the cup is wrong. Inter won with a fortuitous goal against Juve in a match they were completely on the backfoot. Lucio is not even a starter, we have Bonucci, Chiellini and Barzagli still to come back, our midfield looked quite dangerous considering how early it is in the season, despite missing last season's marchisio and pirlo. Though yes, we need a new striker, but imagine the change once that happens.
on the 22nd July, 2012 at 10:36am
@ Sadia : You really think so? Is that your opinion of Lucio based on the TIM Trofeo cup? How about Milan's plan of sending Pirlo to Juve?
on the 22nd July, 2012 at 10:07am
Well done to inter , the Worst pitch in the world dam right , I'm happy with my juve Performance don't forget that juve r missing 8 first team players from the azzurri when they come back no 1 will stop us forza juveeeee
on the 22nd July, 2012 at 10:06am
Did you even watch the match? or you watched it, but you can't write an objective article anymore, susy?? Inter was the worst.. they could only play counter attack. They only had luck to defeat juve. While milan have a bright future in their youngsters. They dominated inter with their youngsters, they only lack of experience. Allegri has a powerful weapon on his hand, if he knows how to use it.
on the 22nd July, 2012 at 9:55am
Does anyone else think that Lucio is still working for Inter and this is part of their plan?? Just a thought. Bad news about Caceras and Pepe, two versatile players that would be helpfull for Juve especially since they are going to be in the CL.
on the 22nd July, 2012 at 9:51am

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