Published on March 13th, 2018 | by Vieri Capretta0
Weekend winners and losers: A Silva lining for Milan and woes for West Ham
Jose Mourinho turned the tables on Liverpool with a burst of attacking flair while a Milan misfit began paying back his multi-million dollar fee
The final goodbye to Davide Astori. One of the toughest weeks in the history of Fiorentina and Italian football came to an end with the return to the pitch of La Viola, guided by new captain Milan Badelj. A proper minute’s silence before the game, a lovely tribute on minute 13 – Astori’s shirt number – then Vitor Hugo’s winning goal. The Brazilian was Astori’s substitute, and bagged his first Serie A goal, wearing number 31, the inverted digits of number 13. Destiny at its finest, to honour the loss of a man and footballer who will never be forgotten.
His ideal afternoon. In a packed Old Trafford, Mourinho’s Manchester United did not park the bus, scored with Marcus Rashford, the man who more than anyone else had to deliver, and took home all three points. The Liverpool superstars failed to impress, tied up in Josè’s tactics, to which Jurgen Klopp had no antidote. United climbed up to second once again, and can now look at the upcoming Champions League week in the best possible spirits.
AC Milan splashed out around 45 million dollars in the summer to snatch the Portuguese wonderkid from Porto, but all they had gotten in return were a couple of Europa League goals against minor sides. Not anymore. Andre Silva scored perhaps the most important goal of the season for the Rossoneri, and his first in Serie A, giving Gennaro Gattuso’s men the last gasp away win to Genoa, to bring the team just six points away from the dreamed of Champions League spot.
Napoli have lost the top spot in the Serie A table, making way to Juventus after drawing at Inter, and their coach Maurizio Sarri reacted in the worst possible way after the final whistle. Interviewed by a female journalist, he replied in this way to a question he deemed to be annoying: “I won’t tell you to f*** off because you’re a woman and you’re cute”.
Simply unacceptable, on all levels, with Sarri coming across as sexist and intolerant to the press. Frustration coming out at the most difficult moment of the season for the Partenopei, and this is certainly not the way to deal with it.
#Campania’s union of journalists criticises #Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri for his ‘sexist & unacceptable’ remarks to a female reporter https://t.co/SwzmRPQdAY #InterNapoli #SerieA pic.twitter.com/koLa7qOYW4
— footballitalia (@footballitalia) March 12, 2018
Where were Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino? Certainly not at Old Trafford. Or perhaps in the pockets of some Manchester United defenders. Klopp’s Reds were tactically outplayed by Mourinho’s men, who were careful at the back when needed, clinical up front with their chances and ultimately got what they wanted: a fundamental win in the race for a top two finish. That’s not good enough, Jurgen.
West Ham United
The 14th loss of the season, the drop zone getting closer and closer, a 0-3 home defeat to Burnley. All of this is almost forgotten if one looks at the horrendous scenes from the London Stadium, with the fans invading the pitch multiple times…with club owners David Gold and David Sullivan forced to leave the stadium…with the players unable to properly have a game of football. The situation is out of hand, and something needs to be done as soon as possible.