Hernan Crespo was a highlight reel star, maybe they should give him a call?
Parma celebrated their centenary match last night with a whole host of stars – many of them having graced the Premier League.
Though the match was only 70 minutes [let’s be fair they can’t be expected to play to professional standard nowadays] it managed to yield 12 goals, so much for fulfilling the stereotype of the cautious, defensively solid display that the Italians possess.
Amongst the goalscorers was Hernan Crespo who still had the finishing ability which persuaded Roman Abrahamovic to bring him to Stamford Bridge – and the ability that afforded him a glittering footballing career – a cool head for one goal and a decent strike to round off the scoring. Given the form of their strikers this season, it’s surprising that Chelsea haven’t put a call in – it would stop all the talk about Romelu Lukaku at least.
Mario Stanic, Gianfranco Zola and Faustino Asprilla were all amongst the stars – the kind of thing you would expect to see in the old Masters football over here when things are quiet during the summer.
Stanic was also amongst the goals as well, though by his standard they were never going to be the best goals he’ll ever score, he didn’t even flick the ball in the air for him to volley. Nevertheless they were accomplished finishes.
Other famous names featured Lilian Thuram, Fabio Cannavaro and Dino Baggio amongst others.
Former Newcastle man Asprilla doesn’t have the stretching ability that he demonstrated for the Toon in one of those 4-3 thrillers against Liverpool, but he does know how to benefit from some pretty poor goalkeeping – and he can still stretch enough to lose his footing and win a penalty as a result. Judging by the way he dispatched his penalty, you’d think he had been giving Mario Balotelli a few lessons in that department.
It must be said that at times the defending was a little static, though there were some classy finishes on show – but let’s be fair they’ve had their whole career to defend properly, I’m sure they will be cut some slack!
Any chance of them turning up for Masters football in the summer if they’re not busy managing other clubs?
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