The sadomasochistic team that needed the stick to work, now does not turn “because of the boats, the sun and the sea”. Gattuso like Sarri with Christmas and De Laurentiis and his rapacious city
Once the mandolins were crammed into the cases, the Neapolitans pulled the boats out. The sun and the sea, thanks to late summer, did the rest. Gattuso no longer felt like keeping himself tight, even on the great tragedy of Naples: beauty makes it a city repellent to fatigue, to work.
“The city is not helping you right now because there are many boats, the sun and the sea and you cannot stay at home. Especially in this moment it is not easy to train a team like mine “.
Here we go again: it is the rapacious city of De Laurentiis, which the President proposed in Benitez’s time as a justification for a retreat announced with a tirade from “father” who was “son” too, in great contrite. At the time, mutinies were not yet in fashion.
“Naples is an extremely rapacious city in terms of beauty, full of distractions. These I know guys … “.
Almost a tourist propaganda that Sarri declined for the fall / winter 2018 season:
“Playing during Christmas is too penalizing, in Naples the celebrations are superior to any other Italian city and this entails greater distraction in our players”.
Napoli players are, with demeaning cadence, recounted as spoiled kids, suffering from attention disturbances. “I know guys …”. Worse, they self-report: schoolchildren with sadomasochistic tendencies, in need of the stick after bingeing on useless carrots. Not for anything else, the captain, Insigne, recently explained Ancelotti’s bad experience in command:
“The coach is accustomed to great champions, I always told him that we needed to be put under pressure, even if we were beaten if necessary. I realize that mine is a self-criticism: we are professionals, we should walk alone, but perhaps at that moment we needed to feel the breath on our neck “.
A rhetoric of nonsense, which Gattuso seemed to have solved. “Snarl”, taken almost on purpose, with whisk and whips attached, to stem this mental weakness, even more than contextual. To get to the end of July – it will be the heat, or the diabolical charm of the gulf at sunset, go to know – with the revival of the alibi-cliche. In Naples there are boats, the sun and the sea. You cannot work in these conditions. It is as if Major Hartman stopped with his grim look in front of the Palladilardo soldier and needed a panzarotto.
A strategic fall. Imagine the disappointment of the “kids”, waiting for the outburst for yet another disappointing performance translated instead in the publication of the most rusty alibi: the postcard does not help, the great distracting beauty, the “rapacious city”.
A crude attempt to wash the dirty clothes in the locker room, and to explain the end-of-season drop with an almost trade union nuisance, already proposed previously with that “the players are not robots, this is not football”. But football today is just that. IS Barcelona is not Varese: the sun, the sea, the boats are also there. They have their problems, but can you imagine Setién taking it out on the Barceloneta nightlife? O Messi invoking the heavy hand of the manager on duty?
Want to see that the problem is not Naples city, but Castelvolturno? Condescension, in those parts, seems an endemic infection: poor kids, forced to stay focused while peers flutter free from one bar to another. Trying to shore, to us, the effort is no small – it is hot for everyone, eh – not to give in to the obvious moralism: we no longer waste time discussing the privilege, of the “young men paid to run after a ball”. We went further, the “rapacious city” is a 2015 copyright. Even the clichés, every now and then, should be updated.