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Italians have an expression for a stroke of good fortune: 'Culo', or Arse.
Or at a genuinely big arse; that's the beauty of it. Recent seasons have seen an exciting footballing twist on this; 'Culovic'. If either of Milan or Juventus get a jammy result, the other will point out that 'Arsovic' was their rival's best player, or possibly mention how the new ing 'Arsinho' has made all the difference. Should Mr Wenger ever move to Serie A, the confusion will be considerable.
On Sunday afternoon in Florence, it was certainly Culovic who sealed yet another win for Juventus. Both they and Fiorentina played brilliantly and scored remarkable goals, but the difference between the two sides was the three Fiorentina chances that rattled off the Juve woodwork. The first came five minutes in, Luca Toni's header beating Christian Abbiati but not the crossbar. Two minutes later Fiorentina paid for the miss; Emerson finding Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a brilliant defence-splitting ball, who duly squared it to goalscoring partner David Trezeguet.
Undaunted, Fiorentina were at it again quarter of an hour later, right back Tomas Ujfalusi unleashing a yard missile which - thwack! Their reward eventually came shortly before half-time, when Italy's U21 international Giampaolo Pazzini beat Fabio Cannavaro with a superbly timed dash to head in Manuel Pasqual's cross. Juve tightened their grip on the game in the second half thanks to Emerson and Mauro Camoranesi's inspired form in the midfield.
Even so, Toni looked like sewing the game up for Fiorentina when, 15 minutes from time, he beat his queen of the jungle game to fire a low drive from range at Juve's open goal. When he turned back, however, the ball had mysteriously veered off to strike the post. Needless to say CuloJuve took the three points themselves with a break two minutes from time.
A yard lobbed pass from Ibrahimovic to Trezeguet this being the Swede, it was bang on target saw the Frenchman out-leap the freshly-entered and plainly bewildered Giuseppe Pancaro and set up Camoranesi coming in from the right.
Juventus had survived what Camoranesi called "the toughest game we've played all season", and while both he and Capello recognised that "a draw would have been fairer," that now extends their lead at the top of the table to eight points after 14 rounds, yet another new Italian record.
The Old Lady is still Queen of the Jungle then, topically enough, and as La Repubblica put it on Monday, "they've already put the deposit on next title" - because while Juve were winning in Florence, closest challengers Milan were contriving to lose away to Chievo. Now Chievo are no pushovers; under manager Bepi Pillon they're unbeaten in 10 games now, earning comparisons with the extraordinary Flying Donkeys side ofand both Chievo goals were brilliantly executed efforts worthy of any highlights reel.
Still, you can't escape the feeling that had Juventus been playing this game, they'd have left no points behind.
Milan instead showed all their usual flaws: wastefulness Andriy Shevchenko squandered an even bigger sitter than his Istanbul missa lack of urgency and a chronic lack of fresh legs at the back. Once Paolo Maldini hobbled off at half-time to take care of his knees, Alessandro Nesta and Jaap Stam looked lost, and the image of Nesta vainly chasing after Simone Tiribocchi after a brilliant one-two set up Chievo's winner speaks volumes of this once-proud backline.
While Chievo climb to sixth, behind the equally surprising Livorno, the only thing that Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti must be putting a deposit on is his trousers - eight points off the lead, he now has the much derided Internazionale just two points behind him and threatening to take over the title of top Milanese club when the two sides meet this coming weekend.
No wonder the rumours about his future are starting once more approposito; how long before Livorno's Roberto Donadoni gets touted as a replacement? Donadoni is another Milan veteran, and his bargain basement side are still up in fifth, only six points behind the rossoneri. There's no question Ancelotti could do with pinching La ora's 'arse' this time - whoever wins in Sunday's derby shameless plug alert: it's live on Bravo will almost certainly knock their neighbours out of the title race for good.
But who'll Culovic turn out for? European club football. Old Lady queen of the jungle. Juventus saw off Fiorentina to put them a record eight points clear after 14 games. And it's all thanks to their rather large backside, says James Richardson. David Trezeguet, riding his luck. Or that could be Ibrahimovic. James Richardson. Topics European club football. Reuse this content.Queen of the jungle game
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