There are modules and strategies to put in place to win matches but there is also something more that is needed to reach the glory. In football class and competitive nastiness are necessary to make the difference.
We have seen many teams able to make the history of football in the last decade. AC Milan won national and international trophies thanks to great players like Shevchenko, Maldini, Seedorf and Nesta. A few years after (2009-10) Inter Milan reached the “triplete” thanks to Moratti’s crazy signing of Maicon, Milito, Eto’o, Samuel, Cambiasso and Stankovic. Barcelona reached the full glory under Pep Guardiola’s management when the blaugrana were able to win everything that was possible to win. In that period the super Spanish team was composed by unbelievable stars such as Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Pique, Mascherano and David Villa. All these teams demonstrated that to reach the glory a great manager and super players are needed but in my opinion there is also something more to add, class and competitive nastiness.
I firmly believe that there is a fine line between a great team and a fantastic one, however, that gap makes the difference. A great team can be able to win a title or a cup but a fantastic roster indelibly marks the history of football. If we analyze those great teams that I previously mentioned we note that their players were making the difference in terms of class and competitive nastiness. Where the only technique cannot bring the desired result there is the fierce agonism of the stars that changes the values on the field and the final outcome. A football match is made of strategy, temperament, endurance and even a bit of luck but I believe that only the teams that put competitive nastiness on the field are able to reach the glory and overtake the inevitable obstacles that they will face.
AS Roma is missing this virtue. The giallorossi are a group of talented guys, probably the best roster of the Italian Serie A, which feel beautiful and good but that are able to collect only 50% of the profits. Many times we have seen the AS Roma players missing unbelievable opportunities right in front of the opponent goalkeeper. Many times we have noted that the AS Roma midfielders prefer a dribbling more rather than getting close to the box and throw a meteor toward the net. These are alarming signals of a group of players with no fierce and desire to demolish the opponents.
Sometimes I rethink about Juventus’ recent marvelous seasons and I try to analyze what brought them to reach multiple trophies. In particular I focus my attention on players such as Tevez, Chiellini, Bonucci, Linchestainer, even Marchisio, and I think that their class and expertise was indubitable but it was their competitive nastiness that made the difference almost in every match. The same Barcelona that is a well known team for its quality and creativity has within its roster what I call “dogs unleashed” so players that are willing to scare and attack the opponents with no mercy. Let’s think about Pique, Suarez, Busquets, Mascherano and Dani Alves…they are “killers” ready to intimidate their counterparts.
These factors are making the difference in a season. These virtues are those that let a team surpass its own limits. AS Roma is a great team and I am really proud of the work performed by its management. I firmly believe that the American ownership is spending considerable amount of money every year to strengthen the roster but now the players have to put something more on the field. No ferocity is synonymous of failure while competitive nastiness matches perfectly with results and glory.