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The Lazio Connection
Don't you find it odd that Inter Milan has willingly picked up Lazio rejects? There's a reason why they're not wanted in Rome.
It started with Mauro Zarate, Goran Pandev, Cesar Aparecido, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Marco Ballotta, but now you can add Tommaso Rocchi and Juan Pablo Carrizo.
It's as if the Nerazzurri think every Lazio player is going to be a star after the success of Christian Vieri, Dejan Stankovic and Ruben Sosa.
Tommaso Rocchi, CF, Age: 35 | Signed from Lazio for €400,000
With Rocchi, Inter are paying €1.5 million in wages to an aging forward with no pace, that can't lead a line and hasn't scored 10 league goals in his last four seasons.
Credit to Rocchi, who's stashing the money away, and is probably already pondering where to go next—the Middle East, the MLS or Australia?
In 67 minutes of playing time spread over four Serie A games, Tommaso hasn't completed a single dribble nor has he created a shot for his teammates. He's even failed to convert the two chances he received in front of goals.
Juan Pablo Carrizo, GK, Age: 28 | Signed from Lazio for €250,000
Carrizo came up big last December in a Coppa Italia win over Siena, where he saved penalties from Simone Vergassola and Marcelo Larrondo in the penalty shootout.
Last May, whilst playing for Catania, Carrizo denied Francesco Totti from 12 yards out.
A few months earlier, Carrizo was involved in a stranger than fiction scenario. After Lecce sweated a goal to make it 2-2, he accumulated successive yellow cards in the space of several seconds. This was in the 89th minute, Catania had used up all their subs, and so midfield general Francesco Lodi put on the gloves. Minutes later, David Di Michele, who had missed a penalty, pounced on Lodi's mistake to score the winner in stoppage time for Lecce.
Juan Pablo is one of these keepers, who bizarrely seem more confident saving penalties, than making regulation saves.
There have been times where he has palmed the ball behind him like in a 2011 Superclasico and when he enabled San Lorenzo's Jonathan Ferrari to score.
With Luca Castellazzi recovering from shoulder surgery, Carrizo could be thrown into the deep-end if Samir Handanović suffers an injury.
You see in the Bundesliga, this signing wouldn't have happened, because management would have thrown caution to the wind and promoted Vid Belec or Raffaele Di Gennaro to the backup role.
Carrizo isn't dependable, meaning you Interisti better pray that Samir stays healthy for the rest of the season.