The bomb arrives from the US late in the day: Ibra has agreed with Milan. The revelation, we do not know as far as desired or simple gaffe, comes directly from Don Garber, commissioner of the Mls, the American league. In an interview, the manager confessed to the displeasure at the farewell to Mls of a character like Ibra. So, a year later, the operation goes through. Maybe Ibra served more a year ago, but the taste is always the same, a desperate attempt to hook the Champions.
Pending confirmation or denial, Ibra would still be available from January. And Raiola, who asked him for a contract of one and a half years for around ten million, seems to have been satisfied with much less for the Grande Rossonero return. But we'll know more today.
Meanwhile, the mutineers were once and only those of the Bounty, which is not really a football team. Now there are also those from Naples and you see that in the end the brave Aurelio De Laurentiis (strictly with two i) brings out another good film. The material is not missing. But there is also another story to tell in this week of the Champions League, that of Antonio Conte, fiddling with his friends. In short, a chilling mutiny, let's put it this way. Let's try to figure it out, even if it's hard.
Meanwhile, I'm not convinced that Conte's outburst can affect or affect the work that Inter has just started. Indeed, the outburst will serve for reflection, it will charge the environment with adrenaline and will serve for another growth step. Obviously Conte has exaggerated and he knows it too. But Marotta knows the man and the coach too well, he knows that Conte can give and is giving a lot, certain unpleasant situations and too much over the top must simply be managed. And they will manage them. How?
It is assumed that Juve's workforce is considerably higher, it is equally clear that Conte lacks solutions and alternatives of a certain level in almost all departments. Let's think of Biraghi, honest player, for goodness sake, but does it look like from the Champions League? Hakimi answers for me. I don't go any further, but we understand each other. And Marotta has understood more than all that even without Conte's outburst, with the brave Ausilio, he has been evaluating situations that he likes for a long time. It goes without saying that Inter does not want to do anything for themselves, especially if it goes out of the Champions League. It is equally obvious to repeat that it is hard to find the right players in January. But there can be. For example, Marotta turned the spotlight on Kulusevski, 19, a Macedonian-born Swede, a midfielder who is doing great things in Parma. E 'dell'Atalanta and Percassi has no problems selling. It just needs to sell well. The speech was started, but the Nerazzurri of Milan certainly do not want to pursue crazy figures, in case ever an operation with bonuses on the future. If Kulusewski were to explode (could) they would all gain, not now. With Parma easier to get to Darmian. It will almost certainly be done, Inter has many technical counterparts.
Returning to the midfield, in addition to the young Swede, he will focus on a ready player immediately, with personality and level. The names are three. Vidal (Conte's favorite) who is unhappy with Barca, Matic, who is due in 2020 from Manchester and Rakitic, another outcast from Barca. De Paul also likes having different characteristics, but it can be an alternative to Sensi that does not exist today. Udinese, however, does not fall below the 35 million requested in the summer that caused Fiorentina to escape. Conte would also like a technical double of Lukaku and not having arrived Dzeko the void remained. Giroud likes that Chelsea wants to sell. This is the list of the eligible candidates, something Conte will have with the farewell to the various Borja Valero and company that the technician would not want to see even in photography.
A case, that of Conte's outburst, however manageable. And the naive beds make me laugh and listen to say: Inter must hunt him. But where do they live, have they just taken it, do they know it, pay it 12 million, are they growing the group and the ranking and send it away because Conte has done the Count? If they wanted a yes man the alternatives were there.
In Naples, however, there was the Big Bang. Nothing will be the same as before and from today all the protagonists of this story will go towards new roads and a different future. It's the end of a cycle. What happens in the standings can be seen and the championship goal flown in summer is pure utopia. In Champions coach and players will perhaps find themselves for self-respect, future visibility and money, something good they will do for themselves, but it will be tough. In the bitter event of the withdrawal, De Laurentiis is right, the players were wrong and before them Ancelotti to let it be known that he was not in agreement, but everything else stems from wrong strategies and evaluations by De Laurentiis himself.
And why did a president like that get it all blown up?
Asking for damage to players (500 thousand euros?) Is a meager consolation, we say that for all the rest it has lost.
And an explanation is there. It is born from the immense pride, from the excess of ego, from the personal conviction that Adl in football is a king Midas. And the story comes from Sarri's farewell.
For Adl it was a setback, but as usual he wanted to revive losing contact with reality. Via Sarri has taken the most successful coach. On paper the best. And he asked him to win, he declared it several times: from Ancelotti he wanted the scudetto. Underestimating or overestimating everything else. That Naples was born with Sarri and Sarri. The coach's farewell meant the end of a cycle. Adl did not understand that many players (almost all) had grown up with Sarri's game, which would only have worsened their performance. Moreover Adl has taken a coach with tactical ideas different from his predecessor and what happened is history. The experience and the charisma of Ancelotti for a while 'masked, but the signs of discomfort have arrived strong and clear, from the quarrels to the too many changes of forms and of men, from the involution of too many players. The anti-Sarri plan is blown. If Adl had put pride aside without saying "without Sarri we will do better", he would have understood to sell at the right time the players who had the market and wanted to leave, to then reinvest and make the team for Ancelotti. None of this has happened. The errors add up. Having pulled too much on the race with Allan al Psg, then Insigne, the renewals, Koulibaly. It is no coincidence that the revolt was led by these disgruntled players, the sons of Sarri.
To save himself, ADL tried to take it out on Ancelotti, he would have gladly hunted him for a long time to give all the blame to him, but he found himself a prisoner of a multimillion-dollar contract and a man with a job. Ancelotti has seen so many, he is above good and evil.
Not even taking it too far with the referees no longer works.
This is the story, in some ways sad. Adl will now try to sell Mertens and Callejon as early as January, but it will be very tough. Insigne and Koulibaly will be the gold of June, money to re-establish.
One of the most beautiful teams of the last twenty years ends badly, but Adl pays the master systems of the ironworks that do not work in football. Adl has kicked very well in these years, but they have screwed him the reports. If all those who leave are beating the door there will be a reason. And if it is true that Sarri brought him to Naples, it is also true that he did not want to keep him …
And this is just one of the many stories that are sinking a great football idea.
It is all too common to argue today that the players did not behave like professionals, that they were wrong, that they should be treated as Lippi once said, but when it comes to certain points the limits of a society that is incapable of seeing, predicting and to solve problems, they are all there to prove that ADL, a man alone in command, can no longer function. The withdrawal was the last of the problems, it was only the trigger, Adl knew everything already fifteen days ago when he attacked the players publicly in a desperate, hard attempt to call everyone back to his duties. Too late, now it's going to be tough again.