Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Brescia made a real hash of things last season when a side that was too talented not to go up lost their way and only made it to the semi-final of the play-offs.
Thankfully, financially Brescia are in a healthy position and as a result the only major departure has been right-back Marius Stankevicius. Otherwise they’ve sensibly held on to the host of promising players that they’ve managed to attract to the club thanks also to the efforts of their former general manager Gianluca Nani.
Nani has since gone, taking up a similar role at West Ham, but somewhat surprisingly manager Serse Cosmi has been retained. The former Perugia coach, however, knows that he can make no mistakes this time round and is boosted by the arrival of Domenico Morfeo.
Now in his thirties, Morfeo hasn’t achieved anything as much as he should have during his career thanks to a combination of a series of injuries and a difficult character. At Brescia, he is likely to play in a different role to the one that he is used to: rather than up-front he is likely to be used in a midfield position and asked to dictate play as a sort o mini-Andrea Pirlo.
Apart from Morfeo, Brescia will also be looking at striker Andrea Caracciolo who last January returned to the club where he came to prominence after bitterly disappointing experiences at Palermo and Sampdoria. If Caracciolo and Davide Possanzini can hit it off up front, then Brescia shouldn’t find too many problems in winning promotion.
Key Man: Andrea Caracciolo
Best Bit of Business: Domenico Morfeo from Parma
Key an Eye out for…German youth international midfielder Savio Nsereko