The dignity of Parma

Perhaps it is to be expected. When a football giant plays with fluidity and great hunger, the world expects. The fact that Juventus overcame Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia despite losing the first leg at home sent a clear signal. This is a team on the rise, a team that believes and a squad that conquer any challenge.

In times like these, it can be difficult to keep players' feet on the ground. Media outlets are already talking about a possible treble. Could the Old Lady pull off such excellence? Of course they can; if Atletico Madrid can reach the final of the Champions League and win La Liga despite the arguably tougher competition in Spain, then the Bianconeri can achieve as much if not more. However, to start dreaming about such matters now, before the quarterfinal has not even been played, is dangerous and naive.

A relevant cautionary tale can be found a bit lower down in the league table. To read more, click here.