Thursday, February 23

The game's gone mad: Claudio Ranieri sacked and Simone Zaza scores

Nothing surprises you in football. Claudio Ranieri has been sacked nine months after winning the Premier League for Leicester and, even more incredibly, Simone Zaza has scored. He might have been useless at West Ham but he scored a brilliant goal for Valencia in their win against Real Madrid last night. It was a stunning turn and shot into the top corner and quite impossible to believe it came from the striker we saw who couldn't hit a London Stadium mural with a banjo. He'd also scored against Atletico Bilbao at the weekend. What is it West Ham do to strikers? Ranieri sacked and Zaza scores. The game really has gone mad…

2 comments:

Rob Graham said...

Yes its a harsh sport we support.
Ranieri was let down by the players and it sounded like he'd lost the confidence of the dressing room. Nice guy, and great achievement but you have to perform to the peoples expectations all the time.
And as for Zaza, it was an incredible strike, just what we had wanted ever week at WH. He was unlucky for us and I don't think we necessarily gave him the service he deserved, but more power to him.
What we do need by way of a striker is a really hard working goal machine who never gets injured.........Simples.

Pete May said...

Zaza must be a real confidence player - shame he couldn't get one early on for us. That clause also put him under a lot of pressure… though as you say we didn't provide a hatful of chances.