Here it is folks: the last It Ain’t Over Till the Old Lady Sings podcast of calendar year 2011. Meeting shortly after the Udinese match the boys go over what that game was: an entertaining, tactical, end-to-end encounter in which both teams essentially canceled each other out.
Opinions varied in this episode: from Mike’s view that the Bianconeri should have perhaps tried something more, Aaron’s puzzlement at seeing Pepe utilized as seconda punta, Lars’s concern about Conte’s continuous tactical switches, and Marco’s partial defence of Alessandro Matri (who could receive the ball, but not pass it that day). One consensus was clear though: the Juve defense was once again impeccable, particularly apt at taking Totò Di Natale completely out of the game, and Juventus can certainly be proud of their half-season’s progress under Conte’s management thus far.
In the last part of the show, the boys take a short peek at possible moves for the Winter Mercato. As Lars best described it: above anything else, we can expect “vital” moves more than “big name” moves i.e. transfers that will strengthen our lack of depth in certain areas. The names of Cáceres, Nainggolan, Montolivo, Kuzmanovic, and Palombo all get mentions, while we discover Mike’s fondness of a certain Chilean from Roma and that he’s going to buy stock in condom companies, due to the arrival in Turin of one particular other Roma player.
Lastly, it wouldn’t be a proper mercato talk without a small dash of Fantacalcio, and that is where the name of an undisciplined Argentinean resurfaced. Could perhaps Conte succeed where Mancini has clearly failed? Tune in to find out!
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Aaron, Adam, Lars, Marco, and Mike
Claudio Zuliani (Mediaset Premium): Introduction;
Fabio Caressa (SkySport Italia): match commentary.