The view from Italy

Provincial prospects v city contenders

January 3, 2012
By Roberto Gotta
If you take a cursory look through the Italian media, you'll believe scarcely anyone plays Serie A football besides Milan and Juventus, whose every move during their mini-training camp in Dubai is analysed with shocking and needless scrutiny (did Matri really finish a 100-yard dash behind Chiellini?).

Make the titanic effort to look beyond those two and there - sitting just behind the joint leaders in points, newspaper inches, TV minutes, hype and unconfirmed transfer rumours ...

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