While its technically not midsesaon, as we have two more legs of andata in January, it is now the winter break and I feel it would be good to review our performance thus far. In short, its pretty disappointing. We've had a number of draws that could be wins, but we simply can't do it. We've only won twice, home to Cagliari and Sampdoria. But here's what really gets me. Look at the win column: two. Tied for worst in Serie A with Reggina, Siena, and Cagliari. But look at the loss column: four. Tied for fifth fewest with Milan (who have played three fewer games than us), Atalanta (who have played one fewer game), Palermo, and Udinese, behind only Inter, Roma, Juventus in Fiorentina. So few losses yet 15th place in the table? Look at that 11 draws. Some of those - like today's away to Napoli are deserved. But look at games like last weekend against Roma, back at the beginning against Siena and Reggina, and look at the games like the Derby. These are the games we need to pick up full points from!
We have Livorno at home on January 13. On paper it should be the easiest three points we'll pick up all season, but what is needed to win is a change in the squad's mentality. A draw may be acceptable away to Palermo and Lazio, but it is not an acceptable result at home to Reggina, Siena, Genoa, or Catania. Let's not do the bare minimum to stay up, let's do more!
Part of the issue to me is Novellino. He seemed like a decent hire when he came, and he definitely is better than De Biasi or Zaccheroni, but now he is disappointing me greatly. The tactics are OK, but the mentality isn't I feel like he is largely responsible for the collective 'draw' mentality of the team. To add to issues, he has an incredibly short temper and has been sent off at least three times this season, while our players with the most red cards only have one. He costs our team alot because of his short temper. Should we replace him? Not yet, but if things don't turn around in first couple weeks after break we should consider it. Colantuono would be a great addition, he was unjustly fired by Zamparini at Palermo, but let's give Novellino a little more time.
As for the market, well, the great attack that we picked up in the summer is pretty much not clicking yet. Rosina is still our top scorer in the league with four goals, and although Ventola has three, there is no other player with more than one. Granted he's not been back long, but Di Michele still hasn't scored yet and aside from his brace this week in the Coppa, he's been pretty disappointing. Part still feels this area of the team has been shifted around alot and not had a chance to gel, so adding more forwards in the market, even if names like Lucarelli, Zampagna, and even Bonazzoli are available then it might not be a great idea to pick them up.
Same sort of story in the midfield, its been shifted around so much, there is not really much chance to gel. Corini has been a highlight and the only one (along with Rosina), consistently there. I'm not sure how many new midfielders we need though. Vailatti and Bottone are good prospects, and Barone, Corini, and Grella are certainly good, they just need to play together more, and Zanetti's not bad either.
We can focus on the defense. I think a solid left-back who can hold down a first team place would be good since Lanna doesn't seem to be able to do that, Rubin is injured for a good deal of the season, and I'd rather see Dellafiore in the center. At center-back we need another player as the line of just Dellafiore, Di Loreto, and Natali is awfully thin, and when Dellafiore is playing left-back we have no subs. Franceschini is a non-entity, so a center-back would be great.
So basically, no changes to the front two-thirds except for in mentality, but a couple defenders would be great.
FORZA VECCHIO CUORE GRANATA!