Leonardo Semplici could have encouraged his players not to worry before their game against Juventus. Nobody expected Spal to get a result against opponents 15 places and 50 points ahead of them. As such, the manager might have told them to stay loose, to enjoy themselves, to go out and take a swing knowing that they had nothing to lose. Instead he told them the truth. “We have lots to lose,” said Semplici on the eve of Saturday’s game. “We’re running out of games and we need to try to pick up points.
Florence downed tools to remember Davide Astori on Thursday. The player’s funeral had been held in the morning at the Basilica Santa Croce, with a crowd of 10,000 in attendance, but even those who could not be there in person joined in with a minute-long pause for reflection at 1pm. Across the city, businesses shut off the lights and ceased trading. One day later, Italian football sought to pay tribute by carrying on.
Serie A stopped for Davide Astori on Sunday. This was supposed to be the biggest weekend of the season, the biggest for many seasons, perhaps, all of the top eight sides pairing off against one another with everything from the Scudetto to Champions League places and Milan derby bragging rights up for grabs. Then a young man died and none of it really seemed to matter. Astori was not a household name outside Italy. He played most of his career away from the very biggest clubs.
For now, though, complimenti to SPAL and manager Leonardo Semplici. 8 points from last 4 games giving themselves a real shot at survival. Credit to club board, too, for sticking with Semplici through the rough patches this season. Has been there since 2014 + oversaw 2 promotions
The idea that Juve could win every game till the end of the season was always unrealistic. That's why I refused to stick a fork in Napoli - as many wanted to do - immediately after Roma loss. Still a way to go here.
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