Ranieri won the heart of football when he took Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2016, but six years ago he came to touching distance of achieving even more romantic – a title champion with the city home team Roma.
Ranieri, born and raised in Rome and a lifelong fan of the club from the capital, had taken more than one side, no points in the early stages of the 2009-10 season, but after a slow start leads to the Giallorossi a match race unbeaten 24 that left them at the top in Italy with four matches left.
However, it was 10 years ago Saturday, a tidal wave of emotion disintegrated in one of the most spectacular games in recent Serie a history, a2-1 home defeat to Sampdoria which all but handed Inter Milan Jose Mourinho lachance title and complete a now famous league, cup and Champions League treble.
The loss and the defeat of Inter 3-1 Atalanta the day before, put Mourinho’s side two points clear with three games to play, an advance that the future champions Europe will not give up.
The match was held at a balmy Stadio Olimpico in Rome and was the last real competition against the team of Ranieri, with Samp side entertaining with Antonio Cassano chasing a Champions League spot.
A volcanic opening 45 minutes have reinforced the feeling that Ranieri was on thepoint ram insults Mourinho – he called his former companion Chelsea boss a serial loser and mocked his English – back into the groove of the Portuguese, as Francesco Totti swept hCOUTS before the start and continued to pull the strings in a dominant display.
However the boss Gigi Delneri Samp switched things at half-time and the tide turned. The first missed opportunities than half came back to bite Roma and Giampaolo Pazzini clinical stunned the raucous home support with a splint that came after Roma lost more opportunities and had several penalty shout rejected. “Nobody would have complained
if the first half finished 3-0,” Ranieri said earlier this month. “We had three or Quatre chances to win the game we lost. Then these two objectives have whipped our legs under us. “
The defeat Sampdoria left a deep mark on a talented team that sank later in the Pot Black. So traumatic was for compatriot Daniele De Rossi Roman Ranieri thatit repeatedly said that he was one of its 18-year attachment to the club he would play again.
“I make sure I marked man to man Pazzini. This match was the game we could have given them the glory that the team deserved “, he said.
in the wound
exhilarating racing Roma began in early November when they were 14 points from the top and they took the heade the league in mid-April thanks in part to dramatic 2-1 victory over Juventus, local rivals Lazio and Inter stutter.
However, the crushing defeat at Samp top left Inter by two points and Lazio fans the following week were quick to rub salt in the wound.
They raised an ironic “Oh nooo” banner as their team lost 2 0 Inter, in an unreal, festifatmosphère in Rome after Lazio supporters had asked their players leave the victory Nerazzurri
with two wins for both teams before the last round of matches, some 15,000 Roma fans made the trip to Chievo hoping that Inter. – who needed to win – could slip up to Sienne and at halftime their side were higher thanks to Mirko Vucinic strikes and Rossi and a goalless first period in Tuscany
However, Diego Milito, which would cap famous. campaign with the objectives hand Inter their third European Cup, struck just before the
playing time in Siena to end Ranieri dreams of winning the Scudetto in the club of his childhood. disappointment marked the end of a fierce battle between the two sides that saw Roma finished second to Inter three of the four previous season, with the creaking aging team Mourinho past their best after leaving for Real Madrid.
Roma were waiting for another title since 2001 and Ranieri, who resignedthe following February, should wait a few years before he finally made history.