A lot of fans had called for Ranieri's head last year, for a lot of reasons.
But none bigger than his inability to integrate youngster Giovinco into the first team coupled with his predictable 4-4-2 formation.
Right now, I think Ciro needs to avoid making these same mistakes. Mistakes he has been making thus far.
At the beginning of this season Ciro Ferrara was playing a 4-3-1-2 with Diego being the one, playing Trequartista behind the two strikers. Results were mixed, and some injuries led Ferrara to do something Ranieri hadn't done in his two years at Juventus—change tactics.
Ferrara opted for a 4-2-3-1 where he has two defensive midfielders anchoring just in front of the defence, three attacking midfielders trying to feed the ball to the lone striker up front.
For the most part, this formation was working, and young (only by Italian standards) Giovinco was showing us what he could do—play, and play damn good.
It was looking positive as Giovinco was playing great, as was the rest of the team, evident in a 5-1 win against high flying Sampdoria who at the time were holding a Chamipons League spot, and a 5-2 win against a good but struggling Atalanta team (led by former Juve great Antonio Conte ).
But when the legendary Il Capitano, Del Piero came back from injury things changed—for the worse.
Del Piero is incapable of playing in the 4-2-3-1, he was tried there at one point in his return, but he looked horrible. So, the 4-3-1-2 was brought back.
This brings me to the point—Giovinco needs to start.
With Diego playing in Giovincos position in the 4-3-1-2 he has been demoted to his familiar role at Juventus—sitting on the bench counting grass blades.
This is where a similarity to Ranieri comes in.
Giovinco has been coming on as a sub, usually around the 70 minute mark (about 10 minutes earlier than Ranieri would put him on). When he steps on the field, the game changes.
Last year in the second leg against Chelsea (a game where suprisingly Ranieri went to a 4-3-1-2) in the Champions League Giovinco came on at the 61st minute for Iaquinta , and a different Juve team showed up.
Jaws dropped around Europe as Giovinco was tearing apart a strong Chelsea defence. but it wasn't enough. Of course the question arose, if Giovinco had started would he have been able to lead Juventus through to the quarter finals.
It's been seen that Diego can't handle the pressure of being the catalst of Juve's attack so far. He needs Giovinco to take some of the pressure off of himself.
Most, are calling for Ciro's head, and while I don't think the same way (yet), to be honest, I don't really blame them. But I think this discussion wouldn't be so strong if some players started playing to thier potential *cough* Amauri , Diego, Felipe Melo *cough*
If Chiellini (whom I believe has shown he deserves to be in the running for European Player of the Year honors) comes back from his recent injury and the losses continue to pile up, then the sacking argument gains some merit.
But it is a learning curve for Ciro, and upon hiring him Secco knew that, the players knew that and most importantly—the fans knew that.
But one thing has to happen. Giovinco needs to be in the starting lineup.
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