The luck narrative again
It's unbelievable really! I wonder what this fan base might have had to say about our Scudetti in 94 or 99....
I mean outside Boga's shot hitting the post, how exactly were we lucky yesterday?! Sassuolo created nothing except for an attempt to tip in a low cross during the first half & Donnarumma saved that brilliantly, as any keeper on a 6 mil contract/year should! Again, no serious/dangerous attempts whatsoever.
That's not to say we were perfect, far from it. But what exactly are the expectations from someone like Gattuso? I think I carried the line from over here - typical Rino wins. That's been our style since he took over really; defensive, physical, unimaginative, boneheaded tactical decisions etc etc! And even lately we seemingly have a consensus around this space the 200 mil project failed big time & we're stuck with mostly an average group of players. So what gives?
Back to yesterday's, from our perspective. We had gazillion crosses, I honestly lost count after a dozen during the first 45 mins. It's crazy nobody connected on ANY of those! The red card is justifiable for me. It's arbitrary whether or not Piatek would've reached the ball afterwards, but there was an empty goal head-on & VAR supported the decision anyhow. The lineup, I'm not so sure if it's mental or physical exhaust. It varies according who you're looking at. Rodriguez for one was on a shit show last night! He was supposedly fresh from a physical standpoint, so it's inexplicable how our left side was just owned by Sassuolo to cross at will! He was simply nonexistent. Kessie had a great game by his own standards; the passing and tracking back were all better, but how about missing those two sitters! Nobody can go shoot for him and those were serious scoring attempts. Paqueta ran a lot pressing & defending, but he missed a sitter identical to the goal he scored a couple of weeks ago against Cagliari. Piatek had a very poor game before he was brutally struck down in the first 30 mins. He missed a header exactly like the one he scored at Atalanta, maybe it was a bad cross from Rodriguez to begin with. He couldn't handle Kessie's long pass either, surprisingly! Maybe he was better come the second half providing for Kessie & causing that red card, but that's it really. Biglia came on urging the lads to push forward only for him to sit back deeper than he should, practice what you preach, man! Calabria didn't set one foot wrong defensively, but left a lot more to desire on the other end, that's someone we know defense ain't his forte! He even played the full 90 mins midweek. I can go on & on. Conclusion, who's who, I simply couldn't tell, one sure thing it's fatigue as I've alluded to earlier & we were sub par. Lady Luck? Sorry, not for me.