Serie A clubs are understandably upset about English sides scooping up youngsters such as Federico Macheda from their academies.
Reuters Soccer Blog
“There is no nightlife in Sivas,” states Sivasspor coach Bulent Uygun.
This is why his team are surprise leaders of the Turkish championship.
Located in Anatolia’s bleak central heartland, Sivas is a tortuous 12-hour drive from the temptations of Istanbul. Turkey’s glittering beach resorts aren’t much closer.
Quite a few sceptical eyebrows were raised when Real Madrid gave Bernd Schuster the boot back in December and brought in Juande Ramos.
The sight of Serie A sides flopping in the Champions League has become a familiar one and although the three teams eliminated this week were a little unlucky, a mental block against English opposition is developing.