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Batigol Weekly 89: You can’t help me now

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In which we discuss things. Haha just kidding we’re losing it over here.

ACF Fiorentina v Atalanta BC - Serie A
We’re inheriting the balance of a poor birthright.
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As you know, I’m certainly not the sort to lose my head in the face of the slightest adversity. I pride myself on my calm, rational, dignified response to any setbacks that Fiorentina experiences. So I wish everyone to understand that I’ve spent quite some time in deep and careful consideration, and my professional opinion is

Let’s back that up for a sec. We know that Stefano Pioli has only been in charge here for a few months, that he has a squad that’s been together for less than two months, that Fiorentina have the youngest team in Serie A. We know that it’s going to take awhile to get everyone on the same page, to construct a cohesive plan going forward and backward. The timeline for this club to succeed shouldn’t be measured in weeks; rather, this could be a year-long project as Pioli looks to turn his outfit into a direct, counter-attacking unit, going against the past 5 years of the club’s history.

But these first two months have been almost unremittingly dire. We can excuse the season-opening loss at Inter Milan, but the losses since are pretty painful. Losing points to fellow Europa League contenders Sampdoria and Atalanta stings. Getting smacked around by Juventus (even if the scoreline was only 1-0) is also unpleasant. And a struggle against Bologna doesn’t bode well either.

More than that, though, it’s the way those matches have unfolded. The defense has spent way too much time under siege. The striker (usually Giovanni Simeone) is usually all alone, desperate for service and profligate on those rare occasions he gets the ball. The other attackers rarely link up, instead attempting to manufacture chances through individual brilliance; as of this writing, Federico Chiesa is the only one even remotely capable of doing so. The mister’s starting lineups, substitutions, and overall game plans haven’t improved as this young season has worn on. There’s only a single conclusion we can reach, and that conclusion is

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And unless you’re writing a thesis on how much referees suck, you may want to avoid our coverage of the Atalanta match as well.

The initial sales numbers are in for team kits from the official store, and they’re, er, well, um, yeah. Just have a look.

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If, on the other hand, you’re more of a FIFA stan, we’ve got you covered there too.

Comment of the week

Octavio is a legend. Almost as much so as wolfpackallday. I’ve been looking at this for like ten minutes and I’m still giggling.

That’s it for this week, folks. If you’re going to form a mob, try to keep it orderly. Thanks.

Poll

But really, what are we panicking about today?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    Our €10 million striker scoring 1 goal in 5 matches.
    (11 votes)
  • 19%
    Whatever alien civilization body-snatched Marco Benassi and replaced him with whatever’s been playing at the 10 spot.
    (11 votes)
  • 42%
    Federico Chiesa’s inevitable departure for some unnamed and awful team.
    (24 votes)
  • 1%
    Stefano Pioli being a total numpty.
    (1 vote)
  • 16%
    The eventual heat death of the universe.
    (9 votes)
56 votes total Vote Now