Sunday September 30 2012
Zdenek in Juvelandia

Juventus got the sweetest revenge possible over age-old rival Zdenek Zeman, writes Susy Campanale.

Zdenek Zeman was asked several questions about Juventus at his presentation Press conference when he signed for Roma this summer. The media know they can always get a juicy quote out of the Czech and he obliges, whether it’s a dig at doping allegations, Calciopoli or the ‘Stile Juve.’ He is seen by many as a truth-teller, a man who was kept from top-ranking jobs and success purely because he is an uncomfortable presence for the powers that be. A Coach whose idea of all-attack football would revolutionise Serie A if only everyone would drop the pretence and adopt his vision. Zemanlandia, they call his magical teams and the atmosphere they create for the fans. It was Juvelandia we saw on Saturday night.

“Juventus were clearly superior throughout the entire match.” Those were the words Zeman uttered in his famous monotone drawl after a 4-1 thrashing that felt more like 8-1. The Bianconeri could’ve set a new record for goals in a single game if they had kept up the pressure of the first half, but Italian teams do insist on taking a breather, as if 90 minutes is an implausibly long time to be running around for. The result was irrelevant, because after that performance it was evident to even the most blindly passionate Roma supporter that they were crushed like an ant under an industrial-strength steamroller.

I am so glad that this match was not marred by red cards or refereeing errors. If anything, the official could’ve been harsher by giving Rodrigo Taddei a red card for stopping a clear scoring opportunity before the first goal. No excuses, no conspiracy theories, no alibis. Juve were simply better.

So why has Zeman never found true success? Because he doesn’t win. His sides are always entertaining to watch – not necessarily for their own fans, but certainly for all neutrals – but their weaknesses are glaring. The defence was an absolute shambles in Turin with offside traps failing to be activated in midfield and motorway-sized gaps between players. If they don’t move the ball quickly, or in this case get anywhere near the ball, then the attacking approach vanishes and all you’re left with is an embarrassing back four. We’ve seen this season that Roma even manage to flip that switch during a single game, going from a dominant opening hour and 2-0 lead over Bologna to losing 3-2.

You know what you get with Zeman and a shocking defence is pretty much guaranteed, so nobody can suddenly complain that they leak goals. Everyone was aware of this when he was hired. I’m sure he will bring his entertaining attack to the squad eventually and give fans plenty to cheer about on mad rollercoaster journeys. However, if Roma fans expect to win trophies, then they’ve really got the wrong man.

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Have your say...
Your article is precise correct the truth and above all i loved the phrase steamroller as this juve is really strong and last nights match was simply so beautiful to watch!
on the 30th September, 2012 at 1:27pm
I am a Juve fan and having just seen the re-run of last nights game, I couldn't resist adding my opinion. Susy, I have praised your articles in the past but have to confess your piece here was off the mark in one respect. Marchisio was not touched for the foul leading upto Pirlo opening the scoring and Taddei should never have been booked, that's what the fourth officals are there for, surely?
Zeman just needs to relax and actually stop mouthing off against anything that is JUVE...Best team won!
on the 30th September, 2012 at 12:55pm
yes yes yes what a team of players we finally have and Mirko hats off to you matey last week you were poor this week you put a great shift in......Zeman at least agreed we are far more superior than a team treading water in the top half....boooom Forza Juve
on the 30th September, 2012 at 12:36pm
should have shut his mouth looks a fool after that display from his team
on the 30th September, 2012 at 12:19pm
on the 30th September, 2012 at 12:14pm
For those of you complaining about the ref calls that went Juve's way because of "diving," as you all say -- did you all watch the entire game? Roma players went down in the second half every time it even looked like a Juve player might get near them, and the ref called every single one against Juve.
on the 30th September, 2012 at 12:11pm
Oh roma fans wake up it should have been double figures last nite and zz should shut his mouth conte banned zz should be banned for hisfor coments hes a disgrace i wont forget the roma fans cellabrating the deaths of the juve fans in brussels 1985 behave and grow up forza juve
on the 30th September, 2012 at 10:06am

The first goal was a blatant dive, there was no contact, Taddei should have been sent of for what? Susy you really need to check the replays, that is if Juve videoed any good replays. Did anyone else notice the murky replays, didn't really get to show any good angles of what happened now did they?

Al Jazeera called it for what those first two match changing decisions were. Juve may well have won the game anyway but to say No excuses, no conspiracy theories, no alibis is nonsense
on the 30th September, 2012 at 9:46am
Nice one Suzy. Roma were simply crushed. No questionable decisions, no red cards, no controversy. Nice way to shut Zeman up.
on the 30th September, 2012 at 9:20am
The article is spot on. Zemans football is entertaining for your opposition because it leaves huge holes at the back unless you fully understand the system and can adapt to it which on both points we are finding very difficult. We need a good win and performance next week against Atalanta, it will be tough with Consigli in goal whom I rate very highly. We must win. The pressure is now really mounting on the team, i wouldnt like to be in the teams shoes at next training.
on the 30th September, 2012 at 6:34am
taddei deserved a red card? marchisio was flying in the air and there was barely any contact. it should have been a yellow for marchisio for diving. and the penalty handball seemed to be on the line and not in the box. the referee wasnt perfect, he could have given a red card to giovinco for stamping on the foot of marcos with the ball far away.
roma were totally outplayed and fuly deserved the loss. but the ref made mistakes favoring juve.
on the 30th September, 2012 at 6:32am
Our mentality is terrible 2-0 up with Bologna at home with 20 minutes to go and lose 3-2. Beating samp 1-0 who then go down to 10 men and only drawing. We ve conceded 11 goals in 6 games more than any other team. Our defense and goalkeeper are crap, but we need to defend as a team. You've got to question our defensive signings, south americans are not known for their great defensive skills and its showing. I love Roma no matter what, I am just so fed up of the same story every season.
on the 30th September, 2012 at 6:29am
Sabatini has come out and criticised the team and Zeman, good for him we need more of this. Some of the summer signings just arent good enough, all in defense. Castan, Piris and even Balzaretti at present to name but 3. Zeman says we arent defending together and the balance isnt right and all my ideas arent being implimented, ive been saying this exact same thing for weeks. I expected to lose with Juventus but not like that. We are a disgrace.
on the 30th September, 2012 at 6:24am
I sent a message to d entire world a day b4 d match..."to play juventus in Turin, u need weapons of mass destructions n 23 men on d pitch, n u'll be lucky if u leave with a Draw!!!

Forza Juventus FC loving u more everyday...

on the 30th September, 2012 at 6:13am
Thanks Susy for perhaps the most over the top hack piece of writing I have read on Football Italia. Bad enough you guys love to write sensationalized headlines which blow Zeman's comments out of context now you just come on here bashing him and making up things in your head. Great to know you get paid to write fairytales I need to get me one of these jobs!
on the 30th September, 2012 at 6:11am
Take your hands off Zeman's neck!It's not his fault, and I am not fan of Zdenek but it's just that Juve are superior to SerieA. All teams will be crushed including Inter and Milan! Italian clubs should hope Juve go far in CL in order Conte's men lose concentration in SerieA games..or else title race will end before Chritmas break.
Juventus domination for the next 5 years!
on the 30th September, 2012 at 6:00am
Thanks for the article Susy...
on the 30th September, 2012 at 5:47am
Zeman is hardly a rival of Juventus! He has never done well against Juve, which probably explains why he made up vicious stories about Juve to cover up his inadequacies
on the 30th September, 2012 at 5:08am
Rivalry aside, I'm glad there's no mention about the refs, I guess Zeman have learned how to go by the ASRs policy to not talk about Refs.

ASR is a strong team, they just need to adjust their rhythm, you can't expect to have a nice long lasting sex by rushing everything to the point without any form of foreplay, obviously you'll get exhausted and lose your game.
on the 30th September, 2012 at 4:22am
This site has always been biased toward Juve, I come here to read neutral articles and this is what I get. 
on the 30th September, 2012 at 4:17am
I think if ZZ can produce football in a smilliar way that he talks then it would be more than the italian champoinship
on the 30th September, 2012 at 4:09am
I'm a huge Roma fan but simply put this team is awful! I really fear for them this season. Talk of the Scudetto was shear idiotic when its pritty much the same team last year that was so bad.
Zeman isnt really a good coach and the players that have been brought in when he's been in charge look like they are basement buys just to fill a position.
I pray to god am wrong but Roma are no more than a top 10 team this season.
on the 30th September, 2012 at 2:43am
Since your beloved Rossoneri have been lousy this season, have you decided to bandwagon Juve? This article certainly gives off the impression. A bit more journalism, a bit less partisanship.
on the 30th September, 2012 at 1:52am
susy, i agree with you. again, i think your point of view is correct. and i support roma. but, zeman soccer is not sustainable. zemans roma will entertain and excite, but entertainment and excitement doesn't guarantee results. and that's exactly what we all are seeing right now. bad defensive shape, and gaping holes in the back is what we saw tonight. but, we should of expected it because of an all-out-attack philosophy of zeman. this is just the tip of the iceberg for a roller coaster season!
on the 30th September, 2012 at 1:46am
Gweez, what part of this blog is untrue? That Zeman can win trophies? I don't think Serie B counts here. Roma have clearly taken a gamble and not for the first time, from Enrique's employment to Totti's overly-large contract and now ZZ. If the team cannot understand the coach's ideas after six games then that is the fault of the coach. He will be unemployed soon, unfortunately for Roma the directorship is much harder to usurp.
on the 30th September, 2012 at 1:33am
If beating Juve is your measure of a "good coach"

Then we'll have to go back to 2010 to find one in Serie A....or Chelsea.

Come off it lady. You've been bagging on ZZ since he's been back.

His record doesn't lie. He's never got it done at the top flight and no excuses for that. But you're being a bit over the top. It's 6 games and they're in 6th.
on the 30th September, 2012 at 12:54am

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