Another game, another defeat for the Rosanero. The saying is, “when it rains, it pours” and right now in Sicily, there’s a typhoon brewing. Palermo played much better than the final scoreline would dictate, but they were ultimately undone by a last minute goal from a little known Rosanero ex, Cristian Raimondi (14 appearances with the club in 2004-05). How badly did that goal sting? Well, Raimondi referred to it as the greatest day in his footballing career. Ouch. Nonetheless, the team cannot dwell on the loss as they will face fellow relegation battlers Pescara on Wednesday.
Gasperini did some unexpected things in his Palermo debut. For starters, he placed Massimo Donati in the middle of his three man defense (and made him captain) while keeping Miccoli on the bench in favor of an attacking trio consisting of Giorgi, Ilicic and Abel Hernandez. The 3-4-3 had its benefits and Palermo dictated most of the play even if the chances on goal were hard to come by. All that matters, though, is the final result and Palermo were penalized late once again for inattentiveness. It’s the worst start in Serie A since 1972 (the year when the Rosanero were relegated) compounded by the fact that the Rosanero have the worst attack in the league (one goal scored) and joint third worst defense (eight goals allowed). But, while these numbers are horrid and the tension is extremely high, Palermo should feel a bit easier knowing that the season is still very young and the table is very short.
Pescara presents an excellent opportunity for Palermo to get on track. Not only are the newly promoted side struggling to adapt to life in Serie A, they come into Wednesday’s match without a high number of key players due to suspension and injury. Starting goalkeeper Perin along with Terlizzi, Crescenzi and Modesto are just a few of those who will miss the Palermo match. Nevertheless, Palermo is in no position to treat any opponent lightly given its current state of affairs.
Probable Palermo Lineup
Munoz – Donati – Von Bergen
Morganella – Barreto – Rios – Mantovani
Ilicic – Brienza
Palermo bench: Benussi, Brichetto; Garcia, Labrin, Pisano; Bertolo, Kurtic, Viola, Giorgi; Abel Hernandez, Budan, Dybala
SIAMO TERRONI E CE NE VANTIAMOOOOO!!!!