The ritiro squad - due to depart the 16th, returning the 26th - has been announced.
Subject to change, needs to change, in O.G. we trust, etc, etc, etc.
JULIO SERGIO BERTAGNOLI
JUAN SILVEIRA DOS SANTOS
DANIELE DE ROSSI
Omissions of note: Okakachukamuthafucka, Guberti, Simplicio
- Who remembered Cicinho still exists/is on the team? And who could see a role for him in an attack-minded team? He's like a homeless man's Dani Alves just evicted from his cardboard box, thus making him doubly homeless, but, you know, he's under contract. So that's something.
- The midfield situation is less than promising, seemingly. There's Daniele and a bunch of guys 30+. And children.
- Bought: Lamela
Seemingly bought: Bojan
Heavy rumors of: Pastore
And yet the defense was an absolute dog & pony shitshow last year, with Cassetti and Juan a year older, Nicolas Burdisso still seemingly a serial murderer-in-not-really-a-disguise, and Aleandro Rosi aspiring to be Nicolas Burdisso.
This gives me dyspepsias.
There's every chance between injuries, suspensions and jail time, Juan and Burdisso will be on the pitch together maybe 40% of the time. Clearly something needs be done about this snappishly.
- Instant realization this team is now devoid of gingers.
This can only be a positive thing.