The month of January started with asurprise for me. Mister De Laurentiis decided that we are playing over the expectations so he will pump up our transfer budget.
We really needed to add 2-3 good players to the team, but I decidec that I will try to sign Reina on a permanent deal because his loan is going to expire in the summer.We also need a classy LM, a strong CD and another DM.
Also our scouts came back with lists of players who are in the last 6 months of contract, but I decided to sign only 2 players who has great potential.This players are:
Romario, a very promising 19 years old RB and Manuel Lanzini, 20 years old, who can become a very good backup for Hamsik. Romario will join us this month and Manuel in the summer.
In this six months I managed this club I realised that we had some young players which can becom great players, they have huge potential, those players are:
And the last transfer:
The first game of January was against AC Milan at San Siro.The game was equilibrated, but we won the game with the late goal scored by Inler from a Penalty.
The second game was aginst Udinese in Italian cup. We dominated the game but we didn't manage to score only one goal in the first 90 minutes. We still won the game in extra time with a goal scored by Mertens.
We failed to reach an agreement with Liverpool for Reina so this means to things: I will play Rafael instead of Reina and we will start looking for a Left Midfielder because Dossena will end his contract in the summer and Armero is more a Left Back then a midfielder. So after some searching we decided that I have to choose between Senad Lulic and Andre Ayew.
Third game of the month we faced Juve. We dominated them but failed to score so we lost 1-0. We felled to second place after this game.
Right the day after we played Juve, we finalized our transfer, Andre Ayew - 18 mln euros. I am vey glad that now we have a world class Left Midfielder.
Next game we faced Catania, Higuain ensured our victory with a splendid double.
Next game we faced Cagliari, but I decided to play with te reserves because it will come the first leg of the Italian Cup Semi-finals so the players wont get tired.
In the first leg of the semi finals we won Home against Lazio with 1 -0.Solid performance by uor players.
Then we faced Udinese, agains Higuain with a double!
In the second leg of teh semifinals of the cup we drawed 1-1. So we qualified for the final where we will face Juventus.
This month was very full, with 8 games played. The playeres have fitness problems now and I think this will be shown by the future performance, but I hope they will manage to recover from this!