Romagnoli's rescue by the coach is similar to the rescue that Quentin Tarantino did with John Travolta. As you may know, Travolta was going through a low moment in his career and suddenly Tarantino calls him to make Pulp Fictio
n and the Fat One just nailed it. He hadn't forgotten how to act; he had, maybe, chosen bad roles. It's the same for El Pipi
. He arrived erratic, with a headbutt disqualifier that got him expelled from summer soccer, unable to find any way of playing his position on the team. This Saturday, on the other hand, was Saturday night fever. He nailed it; he penned the players into two tight spots, on the chalk line that leads to the corner, or on the right or left side. They kicked him, tried to trap him, but it was impossible. A more mature Romagnoli, in great physical condition. He was unstoppable. At the end, when they chose him as best player of the game, he did a TV interview. Thanking the supporters who had filled the Belgrano stadium (where River began their relegation to the B division and who also gathered more than 100 thousand people in the Plaza de Mayo days before, El Pipi
broke down and started to cry. And I started to cry with him at home, my heart moved by the talent of our relentless Ten. Ortigoza deserves a separate mention. [As for] El Mutante
(the best nickname in the world), no way that was a penalty. He reminds me of Albrecht. And when he scored the goal, he ran to celebrate with the whole bench of substitutes. It was evident, from that gesture and others, that the team is united and that they support the coach - perhaps even more so than the management, which seems (again going all Tinelli on us) to have tried to seat Caruso Lombardi on the bench that Madelón is warming. Viggo, if Lombardi leads us, at that very moment we're in the B [division], even if we don't get relegated. [trans. note: Marcello Tinelli is an Argentinian TV host, media producer and businessman.]
The thing with Pipi
in Córdoba is yet another moving poem in the collection of our club's special memories. A player who's always demonstrated his loyalty to San Lorenzo. A valiant but humble man. A person that we Cuervos
will always love to see triumph, so everybody can remember his talent, fighting spirit, and tactical shrewdness. It seems to me that he's one of those guys who can change the trajectory of a match, of a tournament. Let's hope that he remains in good health for a long time, with his strong, generous, and lively game. What more can you ask of a player than Romagnoli's effort against Belgrano and these words that he spoke after the victory?
"This is for us, and also for the people who are always here. They go everywhere with us. And for them, you have to give your all. Whether we play well or not, we're a team that always gives everything."
Fabián, I agree with you completely about Madelón and Lombardi. In regard to San Lorenzo, they can't be compared, either as coaches or as men, especially in the current situation. It's obvious that Madelón is setting the best possible example for the players, that he inspires and unites them. And it's also obvious that he has the pride and dignity of a gentleman warrior. It's a shame that so many people are talking about throwing him out and bringing in Lombardi. I liked how Madelón spoke in the recent post on the Mundoazulgrana