Player grades and 3 things we learned
The Derby dell’Appennino brought us a nice mixture of joyful sparks and routine nail-biting.
It’s not easy to draw conclusions out of such a turgid match, but we did our best.
Another day, another heartbreak.
Just because you know the trap is there doesn’t mean you can always avoid it.
Sometimes, you just have a bad day at the office. For the 8th time this month.
Brushing aside a newly-promoted side feels pretty dang good.
A deeply frustrating match gives us a little bit of insight into the Italiano’s mental approach.
Plenty of things to overreact to in this one but only a couple that are actually worth a real freakout.
In which we try to analyze the wettest of farts.
Uomini forti, destini forti.
A mighty bad day at the office means the Viola will need to work overtime to stay in Europe.
Salutate la capolista.
A heroic Viola side came away without hardware but displayed its mettle.
The Viola finished the Serie A campaign with a bang. In Nico’s case, a literal bang.
You can’t fault the effort. You can barely fault the result.
The Viola keep setting up obstacles for themselves and then knocking them right back down.
A fascinating tactical battle that occasionally descended into chaos. This is peak Serie A.
13 straight unbeaten and a pretty clear path into the semifinals. The Viola keep on rolling.
A lot of very intelligent preparation made this one look simple, but it wasn’t.
Getting the win despite a sub-par performance is a fascinating new development for a team that’s so often underachieved.
It’s tough to draw too many conclusions from a game that was essentially played in a hog wallow, but we’re going to do our darnedest.
A routine win over a clearly-overmatched opponent isn’t what we associate with the Viola, but we’ll happily take it.
The Viola once again laugh in the face of every xG model you can imagine, but at least this time they came away with a win.
It doesn’t always have to be pretty, which is a weird conclusion from a 0-3 win on the road.
Despite their best efforts, the Viola can’t dig themselves deep enough to avoid progressing to the Conference League Round of 16.
Maybe this team isn’t as doomed, doomed, doomed as we’d been led to believe.
Nobody’s having fun right now.
A calm, professional 1-0 win over an inferior opponent is just the weirdest thing to write about for this team.
This edition of the Viola can never make it easy on itself, but sometimes that’s still good enough.
It’s safe to say that this kind of result is part of a pattern rather than an outlier.
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