Fiorentina's season thus far is basically the football version of Mad Max: Fury Road. After some early hiccups, a team of misfits has surprised everyone to break free from the Serie A pack and burst through heat and chaos to what could be a chance at redemption. Except that now it's time to turn around and go right back, with the difference that everyone knows what's coming now.
No more of this sterile possession, reminiscent of the club under Vincenzo Montella. It's time for Paulo Sousa to reduce Fiorentina's Scudetto push to a single instinct: survive. It's time to remind the team that Serie A is a world of fire and blood (although those are mostly just when Mario Balotelli and Facundo Roncaglia, respectively, are involved). The gates of Valhalla are opened to this team, who could ride eternal, all shiny and chrome. It's time to put the pedal back down and blow it out. It's time to retaliate first.
That's what we want to see more of, I think: the team that we saw at the beginning of the season that pressed like mad, overpowering opponents with a mix of skill and power. It's time to stop being the bloodbag and take over the War Rig. It's time to throw Immortan Joe's air-hose into the wheel well. Really, it's time to rewatch Mad Max: Fury Road. But also time to hope that la Viola get it sorted out and start dismantling opponents again.
Check out our coverage of the Belenenses match here for a reminder that soccer can be happy.
I don't want to post this, but in the interest of journalistic integrity, I suppose I must. Bah.
Despite the recent unpleasantness, this streak is chugging right along.
Hey, remember when we heard the dumb rumor about Barcelona tracking Federico Bernardeschi? Shockingly, everybody's backpedaling on it.
Instead, now we have Marcos Alonso to Barcelona rumors. Or Marcos Alonso to Real Madrid rumors. Whatever, man.
We've also got the cognitive dissonance of Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool coveting Giuseppe Rossi, which makes, like, not any sense at all.
And here is our live thread of the Europa League Draw. Spoiler alert: it's Tottenham.
Comment of the week
Excellent work from mark@, who described how he ended up as a Fiorentina fan, and from Catalogue, who provided the repartee.
Okay, folks, that'll do it for BGW this week. Go watch Mad Max, and start getting ready for Carpi in a couple of days. Until then, forza Viola.