Siena-CagliariBy: Jeremy | March 3rd, 2012
Sometimes I ask myself why I continue to root for this team and why I still take an interest in the week to week results and player movement. Last weeks game with Lecce was another reminder to myself to ask that question yet again. Coming in to that game, based on some recent positive results combined with the standings shaping up favorably, Cagliari found themselves facing their easiest stretch of the schedule with 7th place certainly worth talking about. Expected wins against Lecce and Siena would make things even more interesting. Instead they lose to Lecce at home and now hit the road to face Siena who seems to have something to play for as they fight to edge Lecce for the final safe spot.
Cagliari is still just five points from seventh place but a loss to Lecce at home with so much on the line was simply inexcusable even if they did dominate posession. It changes the dynamics of these next few matches and has fans wondering if Cagliari is simply a mid table team that will do enough to survive but not enough to make any other goals even possible. Whether you want to accept it or not, this tricky road matchup is now a relegation type game rather then one where we are playing to keep a top seven dream alive.
With Pinilla and Cossu banged up and not likely to play, we have to wonder where our offense will come from on Sunday. Nene is still not ready and Ibarbo and Ribeiro, while talented, just are not consistent Serie A players. We can control the game but if we dont score first, its going to be tough.
I dont want to get too down about the loss to Lecce but I dont see how we beat Siena with such indifference. We simply assume that against bad teams, if we control the ball eventually a goal will be found and we will win the game. It is not that simple and with the injuries and inconsistent talent, we just have to accept this as the fate of our team.
Without trying to figure out what the future holds, I think we have to see how the next three weeks play out. The team still has a lot of work to do even if they are just playing for safety.