La Gazzeta dello Sport, Italy’s longest-running and most prestigious sports newspaper, added Kostas Manolas in its top eleven for the first six weeks of the Campionato.
Historically, the Italian league has always been known for its world-class defensive lines, so to have the young Greek (who was just signed a little over a month ago) join the best of the best is a great honor.
Manolas got an average score of 6.5, which would have been much higher if he hadn’t received a straight red in his last game. On Sunday, AS Roma battled Juventus for the Serie A’s no1 spot and even though they were up 1-2, the Italian Champions came back with two controversial penalty kicks and a stinger by Leonardo Bonucci in the last minutes of the game (3-2).
Predictably, nerves boiled up making Manolas blow off on Morata’s face after the latter tackled him hard, signalling referee Gianluca Rocchi to pull out his red card for both protagonists.
In resentment of all of the referee’s decisions but also of Juventus’ deceitful history in the sport (they were relegated in 2006 and taken a championship title away after proof popped up that they had bribed their way to the top), AS Roma’s capitano, Francisco Totti, spoke in a post-game interview of all his inner anger against the Turin team’s favoring from the Liga all the years he’s been playing football.
The Italian Football Federation have taken Gianluca Rocchi’s future arbitrary shifts back and started in depth research to find proof in the allegations.