Wednesday July 10 2013
Surviving a Serie A summer

A transfer campaign in Serie A can often see football fans lose their cool. Giancarlo Rinaldi offers some calming advice.

Beware the summer vibes. In the season's warmth, it is easy to let your head start to spin with a definite dose of transfer market heatstroke. Before you know it, you will be making outlandish predictions of shock Scudetti and a newly-promoted team challenging for European honours.

It takes the cold splash of some actual competitive football to bring you to your senses.

I should know, I have been there before. Looking at the Calciomercato-predicted starting XIs is something of an addiction I suffer. And trying to extrapolate how each team might then perform is a natural extension of that. Invariably, I get it wrong.

That's why I am always cautious about getting too carried away about who is having a "great" or "disastrous" transfer campaign. Firstly, there is still a lot of time for deals to be done. And, secondly, what looks impressive on paper can crumple like a bin-bound biscuit wrapper in the actual heat of battle.

Of course, fans are entitled to dream and that is part of the beauty of this time of year. Juventus, with Carlitos Tevez and the previously-secured Fernando Llorente, reckon they are building a genuine Champions League challenge. In Florence, with season-ticket sales already flying, they hope that Mario Gomez - and Giuseppe Rossi's return from injury - might make them title contenders. And Antonio Cassano-mania is starting to make its presence felt in the genteel surrounds of Parma.

The flipside to those feelings of elation is, of course, a sense of frustration at a perceived lack of activity by your club. No matter whether it comes on the back of a brilliant or blundering season, there is always the thought that they should be doing more. Football fans are an impatient bunch.

However, that is exactly the commodity which is required at times like these. By all means punch the air in delight or throw your hands up in despair - but don't do it with too much conviction. The season ahead is as likely to prove you wrong as it is to show you were right.

I have lost count of the number of bold predictions I have made on the back of an impressive or depressing transfer campaign. Sometimes I get it right but, just as often, I am well wide of the mark. It is hard not to let passion, prejudice or peer pressure cloud your vision.

So, I'm trying to take a more relaxed approach to my analysis this summer. I won't be getting carried away in my praise or criticism of any particular club until I actually get the chance to see them in action. History has taught me that is far and away the best approach to take.

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Have your say...
@Forza Milan, I'm realistic person and I know that we can't buy expensive players, those figures are assumptions figures and and these players are worth the amount I mention in my blog, Robinho €8 to €10 Boateng probably €12 to €15 Nocerino €5 to €€7 Emanuelson € same Didac Vila Traore Amelia Antonini Strasser Zaccardo and so on are probably worth €10. Wether we will be able to sell them this summer is another matter but they are worth that.
I don't imagine I live in real world.
Forza Milan
on the 14th July, 2013 at 4:49pm
Personally I would far rather see our new manager go shopping in France. Half of the continent seems to have twigged that you can still pick up relative bargains there (see Newcastle and Arsenal in particular) but Roma, with our newly appointed FRENCH manager still seem intent on buying players from England on hugely inflated salaries (Gervinho, Bent, Cesar). Half the teams in England won't even buy players from other English teams!
on the 13th July, 2013 at 9:38pm
As a Roma fan I'm hugely pessimistic. We seem intent on selling low to the most overpriced league in the world (Stek already, De Rossi and Osvaldo probably) then paying over the odds for replacements from the same league (Gervinho, Bent!!?? Good God!). It's clear there is no co-ordinated transfer strategy in place - surely we should have a goalkeeper lined up by now? If we lose the players above and Marquinhos and maybe Lamela and Pjanic too we'll be lucky to finish in the top half.
on the 13th July, 2013 at 9:30pm
Fiorentina and juve have had the best window so far napoli proly 3 and both milan teams not doing much although it seems to myself inter at least have been trying to strengthen in week areas just haven't picked up a big name just a few with potential but definitely juve and fiorentina looking scary good
on the 12th July, 2013 at 11:35pm
@Armando ACM, I am tired of reading stuff like this. You Football Manager people can't seem to understand that you can't just get rid of ten players for an imaginary sum that you demand from imaginary teams. It doesn't work like that in real football. I mean the Robinho deal was supposed to be done SEVEN MONTHS AGO. It crumbled because of financial details and it was expected to be done this summer. But it didn't. He is argubaly the best player from the list you've typed and Santos couldn't...
on the 12th July, 2013 at 9:38pm
Catania will finish higher then Inter this upcoming season. Underrated squad down in Sicilia.
on the 12th July, 2013 at 5:06pm
and I'm been realistic if we don't sell Robinho Matri can do a good job or if our Padrone is feeling generous he can buy Jovetic and forget Verrati and get Candreva.

Imagine a team line up
Abate Mexes Astori De Sciglio
Montolivo C De Jong Verrati or (Candreva)
Balotelli El Sharaawy or (Jovetic)

Bench Gabriel Pegolo
Antonini Constant Bonera Zapata and Vergara
Cristante Poli Muntari and Candreva
Niang Pazzini Jovetic and Petagna

This is my opinion and I think a future team.
on the 12th July, 2013 at 9:30am
The way I see it we cannot afford to buy big name players cos our padrone is being chased by crown courts in Milan so we have to make do with what we have, which I must say is not super stars but hard working players under the right guidance can win you titles. But first we have to get rid of some players like Emmanuelson, Nocerino, Boateng, Didac, Zaccardo, Strasser, Traore Amelia and Robinho now that will get us a good €35 to €40 milion and we can get Verrati(a dream) Honda, Astori
on the 12th July, 2013 at 9:15am
inter is not a contender . hahahahaha .inter is exactly where they belong . they will finish 4th or 5th at the most . everyone will be fighting for second as juve has already won . if they get kolarov its going to be very very hard for anyone to beat them . juve will finish the season at least 12 points clear at the top .
on the 11th July, 2013 at 5:39pm
What Italy need i NEW STADIUMS, so thatnext sumer the can buy the likesof Gotze and Neymar and keep Cavani.
on the 11th July, 2013 at 10:00am
Of the top four clubs Juve and Fiorentina have made the biggest improvements, I think Napoli is close third while Milan is lagging in fourth. From now until the end of the transfer window a lot of deals will be made by all clubs but i wouldn't be surprised if Milan made some shrewd deals late into the transfer window.
on the 11th July, 2013 at 9:34am
So not a very good night. Ogbonna is having a medical at Juve and Milan are stuck with Robinho. I suppose one positive with Robinho is that he will be happy to sit on the bench and then occasionally he might produce something like in the games against Juventus and Torino last season. The concern is that Allegri has a tendency to rotate and I hope he doesn't just rotate SES and Robinho for the sake of it. Mexes and Robinho are still our two highest paid players!
on the 11th July, 2013 at 8:37am
Inter..IntER.Inter..i don't care what ya'll say ia m looking forward to a very good year from Inter.. abviously Juve will be the team to beat but we will be contenders too...i am not sure about Milan anymore..and Violo n Napoli will have a great year as well...i think its going to be a great season i cant wait!!!!! forzza INTER
on the 11th July, 2013 at 3:27am
And now were stuck with Robinho great. What a clown
on the 10th July, 2013 at 8:41pm
I think Juve were the most ambitious in the transfer market, and it shows that year by year they are getting stronger and stronger. It reminds me of the old Juve. I cant wait to see Tevez and Llorente up front. Our Midfield is already world class and so is our Defense. I cant wait for the season to start.
on the 10th July, 2013 at 8:21pm
@ Maldini's Heir - don't worry too much about Uncle Fester - he may be restricted in what he can do but he's a shrewd business man. Now on the other hand if your GM is marca branca be very scared, Moratti still thinks that guys like Kuzmanovic and Mudinguay will get him to CL. I think Inter's defense needs some speed between Campagnaro and Chivu....maybe they will get Yepes on Free transfer and he's faster than both of them. laugh all you want but i'd rather have him on my team than Silvestre!!
on the 10th July, 2013 at 8:10pm
I have to say that I 100% agree with you

As a Roma fan it is looking that we will possibly loose De Rossi, Marquinhos, Pjanic and Lamela, while Garcia brings in a bunch of France and Lille rejects, along with the consistently disappointing Gervinho.

I dont believe the Darren Bent rumours as English players are awful outside of the UK and what would we want with him?

Bring in Benatia, Gilardino, Viviano, Martin and a revived Nani and we may have a top 3 place in the bag
on the 10th July, 2013 at 7:25pm
I have to say as a juventus supporter I think DOMINATOR is a clown I agree signing tevez is a signal to team other teams and signing strong players like Llorente and Ogbonna I can only dream of the titles n cups to come, but do not get ahead of yourself or overly confident cause that's how we started off last season an lost to an unbalanced intermilan team, Milan have the opportunity to become the stable brilliant club which I'm looking forward to the challenge between them us and fiorentina
on the 10th July, 2013 at 6:40pm
We need better center defenders and a lljalic, With that id be happy

Imagine lljajic, Balo and SES together.
on the 10th July, 2013 at 4:47pm
Napoli I feel are pretty much the same or even worse.First of all they've brought in a very inconsistent coach(Benitez).Secondly,it's gonna be awfully hard to replace a 20 goal per season striker like Cavani so they should suffer in that aspect.Lastly,bringing in a bunch of players who definitely need time to gel isn't such a good idea when you're trying to challenge for the scudetto. As for Inter,well its looking very bleak.The 3 man defence hasn't really worked for Inter last season and we all know they don't have the players for that formation.And Mazzari being the stubborn man that he is,will surely go for that same formation and will inevitably be sacked.
on the 10th July, 2013 at 4:42pm
Its obvious Galliani chooses to look at the lucky form Milan experienced during the second half of last season instead of looking at the greater picture here.I do commend bringing in Saponara and Ljajic(most probably),but I have to echo DOMINATOR here,these buys aren't enough to challenge Juve.It's a combination of the right players,coach,management etc that wins you trophies..Juve clearly aren't lacking in any department now even if their transfer campaign has come to an end.Confidence is key and Juve have an abundance of it.I personally feel Juve should be going after Ljajic instead of Jovetic cause he's a more realistic target and with better potential but I'd still be ok if he goes to Milan.
on the 10th July, 2013 at 4:33pm
@ Lugullo Enterprise I think you misunderstood me. I said I'm not relaxed. I completely agree with you.

@ Anonymous I'm not sure about Oduomadi he didn't exactly set Serie B on fire last season. Again he could be another victim of the wonderful attitude teams have to young players in Italy. He seemed to do okay in pre-seasons for Milan.
on the 10th July, 2013 at 4:13pm
I'm a little concerned by Napoli's signings so far. They clearly have a bit of money as they are in the champions league + selling Cavani, and although individually the players they have bought are strong, I don't see where they fit into the line up. Also, they've brought in Mertens and Callejon as attacking wide men, and are linked with Lamela, where does this leave Insigne? For me they need to focus on defense and central midfield, as well as a replacement for Cavani
on the 10th July, 2013 at 3:35pm
@ Maldini's Heir - you are relaxed with Galliani's transfer policy? WHAT POLICY!!! Galliani publically stated "the transfer market is best left to the end" basically AC Milan's transfer policy is simple "Identify areas we need to improve, wait until 1 week before the deadline to determine who is available on a free transfer and sign the best of the free leftovers that can strengthen the team" let's see who will be this year's Acerbi or Zaccardo.
on the 10th July, 2013 at 3:32pm
NAPOLI- rafael - maggio - armero - cannavaro - ogbonna(14m) - strootman(14m) - nainggolain(11m) - hamsik mertens - insigne - damaio(22m)

MILAN- consigli(bos)/abate/de sciglio/zapata/astori(10m)/honda(5m)/montolivo/de jong/ljajic(11m)/el shaarawy/balotelli

JUVE- As is. Jovetic unlikely now.

INTER- handanovic/douglas(bos)/dragovic(7m)/juan/isla (loan)/guarin/kovacic/matic (22m)/palacio/belfodil.

There, another pointless exercise. Allegri would hate that midfield, far too few ball-winners!
on the 10th July, 2013 at 1:24pm
the financial clout and ambition to challenge. It has an effect on players abroad who otherwise would nto have looked at Juve. It also increases the confidence in the team. People ignore these things in big transfers. Milan and inter hwoever constantly have their presidents pleadign poverty, sign rubbish players, and squabble internally constantly.

If i was a fan of a milanese team i would be lacking in confidence.

I hope this helps you giancarlo
on the 10th July, 2013 at 12:53pm
Giancarlo, it is apparent that you are extremely poor at making prodections. I on the othe rhand am very good at making predictions and i am quite consistent. For example i will tell you the results of serie a this year and who thus far has the best transfer campaign and who has the poorest. Juve has the best and will win the scudetto again. Milan and inter have the joint worst. Signing tevez is not just about the player it is sending a message out to every other club that they have...
on the 10th July, 2013 at 12:48pm
@maldinis heir You forgot to mention oduomadi as he looks great and promising. Do you not rate him?
on the 10th July, 2013 at 12:35pm
I completely agree with u.after all there is the saying that the fact that you are the first in court does not guarantee you will win ur case. So yes teams will reenforce with the best of players all round the world...cohersion is most important.if they dont get that then it will be useless.forza Milan
on the 10th July, 2013 at 11:57am
My preference is to sell Mexes and Bonera and buy 1 decent defender maybe a last minute bid for Ogbonna or Astori (who I believe could be very good in a stronger team). I am not sure Abate has a future in a top side playing at full back. He should be moved into midfield (where he started his career) and De Sciglio and Constant can be our full backs. Leave the strikers. We have SES, Balo, Niang, Pazzini and Petagna coming through. I'm not clear why Ganz has not been promoted he scored 20 goals
on the 10th July, 2013 at 11:23am

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