Nobody Puts Walter Sabatini In A Corner

ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 01: Bojan Krkic of AS Roma celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Atalanta BC at Stadio Olimpico on October 1, 2011 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

I don't even know what that means. I've never even seen that movie. But it sounded like a headline, and so it is. [Overlords grumbling.]

'Member last summer of potential and promise and persistence and p-word here? Of course. But then...much of the business didn't happen til the last grains of sand were clanking off the hour glass.

Despite the fact that the ink on Roma's sale was still being tattooed onto TDB's bottom, there was ample time to set things in motion. Instead, they got scraps - some damn good scraps, like Lyon deciding Miralem Pjanic wasn't worth his worth - and looked a bit of a disheveled roster as result. The defense was a mess, no real cover for Daniele, etc.

There's nothing to say the same won't happen again this year. Something says Walter likes to win his battles.

Sebastian Jung

Not happening. So allow me to reach back into my quiver of knowledge on Eintracht Frankfurt such that we can properly gauge the sorrow needed for the loss of what shall not be.....

Oh.

A headline on a Roma news site of unknown name pegged him as the new Philipp Lahm. That would've been splendid, because even if he plays like Flippa Lamb, we'd absolutely delight in him telling the front office to politely fuck off with regularity, all while looking like a 12 year old boy. Well this seems like a critical loss, because even Totti's toed the company line (relatively speaking) in recent times.

Here's to hoping M. 25k sticks around.

(Who the hell cares how he is as a fullback? He's not coming and we discuss priorities here.)

Leandro Greco

Fight the power.

He, of course, is blocking the Michael Bradley deal, due to his refusal to go play in Verona. Or perhaps he's just true Romanista at heart, and for a club with the prestige of Totti, Mexes, Batistuta, Osvaldo and Luciano Spalletti, pasty white nothingness just ain't gonna cut it.

But if you're going to renew the contract of a player who isn't wanted...

Well, this is your comeuppance.

Mattia Destro

It may take several days of careful consideration before coming up with an final decision on this. Both for Greco and myself.

Fabio Borini

See the photo at the top of the page.

Merch

This is curious:

Shirt sales are being tabulated and unsurprisingly, Totti and DDR lead the pack, with lots of I-was-there-whens are grabbing a Lamela. To be expected. They don't provide digits, but the blurb remarks on the popularity of Alessandro Florenzi and his ability to bring in some euros and after lighting up Serie B, is now The Next _______. Which is funny, because last year at this time, he was not the hottest young midfield prospect in Rome - 'twas Andrea Bertolacci who was the hamster's tatas.

So this is your friendly reminder that...

Everybody was young once. Including Adrian Pit (Pronounced 'Piz').

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