Last season was one of immense disappointment for Perugia. The appointment of proven promotion winner Pierpaolo Bisoli to the manager’s hot seat was meant to herald in a new era for the Grifone. Instead the season ended with them in a rather poor mid-table finish and Bisoli being given a kick up the backside as he left the exit door.
This season aspiration remained high for the Umbrian outfit heading into opening day despite the less than stellar performances of last year. The squad assembled maintained more than enough quality to battle for promotion and the appointment of the young Cristian Bucchi as manager saw expectations gradually increase.
Yet so far, five games into the campaign, expectation has once again not been met by reality. The Grifone currently sit fourth from bottom and have you to put their first W on the board with three draws and two defeats to date. The question that must now be asked of the club is whether the players are not as good as everybody believes them to be or is it yet again a failure from the man in the dugout.
More than likely the blame will be fingered at Bucchi, who despite doing an excellent job at Maceratese last season in Lega Pro has not been able to transfer that ability to manage at a lower level into Serie B. The more Bucchi fails to arrest Perugia’s fall the more the pressure will be piled upon him and stories of his only previous time managing in Serie B with Pescara will be recalled. Sadly, it may be that previous poor spell at the Delfini in 2012/13, in which he only picked up an average of 0.09pts from his 11 matches, that could become the rope the club uses to hang him in not giving the 39-year-old enough time to stamp his mark on a new squad.
Their latest defeat came at the Stadio Comunale in Chiavari on Wednesday night as a Virtus Entella side who are beginning themselves to rediscover a bit of their mojo from last season took all three points. The Diavoli Neri would take the lead early in this one when Luca Ceccarelli scored the archetypical centre defenders goal by heading home from a corner on five minutes.
Perugia would actually get themselves back level in this one, when on 27 minutes Francesco Nicastro popped up at the back post and stooped down low to head past Alessandro Iacobucci after a ball had been floated in from the right hand side.
This would be how things would remain until 18 minutes from time, when a long ball forward was glanced on into the path of Francesco Caputo who wormed his way in between three defenders to race clear on goal and slot past Antonio Rosati. 2-1 it finished in Chiavari, Breda settling in well with Entella, as for Bucchi I wouldn’t be buying any office furniture just yet.
A broken record I may be but until someone puts a stop to it I going to keep writing about it. Cittadella made it five wins from five to start the season when they beat the increasingly lame looking Wolves of Avellino.
The only goal of the match coming on 78 minutes from Andrea Arrighini, a rather neat half volley from inside the area that flew into the top right hand corner. To compound matters for Avellino they had missed a penalty earlier in the match with the score at 0-0. Cittadella remain perfect through five, Avellino…well they are anything but and currently prop up the rear of the table.
Hellas Verona are now into outright second after they came away with a 3-1 win from Ferrara against SPAL. Two goals from 23-year-old Mattia Valtoi, both of immense quality and one from Giampaolo Pazzini did the damage, Luca Mora did pull get one back for SPAl with a nice finish of his own.
As if things could not have got worse for Avellino, missing a penalty, losing 1-0 at home and dropping to the bottom of the table, the man who scored Cittadella’s only goal of the match Andrea Arrighini is on fact on loan at the Granata from you guessed it Avellino. Who needs enemies when you’ve got friends like that.
Do you remember Daniele Paponi…sure you do, who doesn’t? Well the now 28-year-old strike (My God how is he 28 for one thing, saying that like an old man even though I’m younger than him) scored Latina’s second in their 2-2 draw with Novara earning the Leonialti a vital away point. By the way for those of you who don’t remember him he was a prodigious young talent at Parma tipped for big things in the game.
Ricciardo Maniero remains the only man to have scored for Bari this term after the Galletti could only draw 0-0 with Ternana on Wednesday.
You know them nights when the ball just won’t go in the net, well Cesena had one on Monday as they could only draw 0-0 with Salernitana at the Manuzzi. 19 shots in total the home side had and I’m still scratching my head as to how at least one did not go in.
Giddy from scoring three against Salernitana, Vicenza resumed normal service with a blank away to free scoring Ascoli (sarcasm) on Tuesday.
Finally Listen to the latest Italian Football Daily Podcast HERE, because if not as Liam Neeson so eloquently said “Power is when we have every justification to kill…and we don’t.” No wait that’s not right…Ah you know the Taken one about finding and killing, damn this has taken (pun intended) a dark turn. Where were we…Oh yes Serie B baby you got to love it.
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Week 5 Results:
Cesena 0-0 Salernitana, Ascoli 2-0 Vicenza, Avellino 0-1 Cittadella, Benevento 1-1 Pro Vercelli, Novara 2-2 Latina, Brescia 2-2 Carpi, Frosinone 0-0 Pisa, SPAL 1-3 Hellas Verona, Ternana 0-0 Bari, Trapani 0-0 Spezia, Virtus Entella 2-1 Perugia.