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BatiGol Weekly 74: Merry Christmas from the family

In which we’re going to be merry whether we want to or not.

ACF Fiorentina v US Sassuolo - Serie A
Hallelujah, everybody say cheese.
Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

We really love the Christmas spirit here at Viola Nation headquarters. The smell of evergreen and peppermint in the air. The fresh snow on the ground. The occasional passing reindeer. The 75 degree Fahrenheit (that’s 24 for yall Celsius people) days here in balmy central Texas whence your humble correspondent writes. ‘Tis the season indeed.

So, imbued with that holiday cheer, this BatiGol Weekly is going to be a bastion of peace and goodwill towards our Viola. We’re so freaking festive right now we’re not going to mention how Paulo Sousa can’t seem to do anything right, or how Corvino still hasn’t renewed the club captain’s contract, or how using 3 nearly identical midfielders destroys a team’s balance, or how cool it is to have fullbacks, or what’s the best way to defeat the bodysnatchers who’ve possessed poor Cristian Tello. Nope, we’re not going to say anything about that at all.

Because this is the holidays, dang it, and we’re going to enjoy ourselves even if getting a Fiorentina jersey means having a vacuum cleaner logo on your chest, suckers. Because during Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festivus (for the rest of us), nothing can go wrong.

Haha kidding we play Napoli in 2 days and everything is terrible. The end.

Latest news

It’s hard to remember now, but Fiorentina won a match against Sassuolo last week, and we have the recap to prove it.

We waited 95 days for the replay at Genoa and received a real steaming turd of a match to repay our patience. Here’s the full coverage.

We did everything we could for the Lazio match. We wrote a preview, a match thread, and a match report. And it still turned out badly.

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Comment of the week

Everyone please welcome Silvio, a Borussia Monchengladbach fan who stopped by to give us some good wisdom about the team. Look forward to hearing more from you, duder.

That’s it for this week, folks. Napoli looms onThursday in a fixture that certainly inspires confidence. If you need me, I’ll be on the verge of tears.