- Sep 24, 2013
One thing we have shared with Juventus is the recurring myth that, despite being one of the biggest clubs in the world, people in our own city are masochists and prefer supporting the other less successful* team.The Serie A had seen better times but there again, we utterly dominated the local pond for years, especially between SAF's first EPL title and up until Wenger signed with Arsenal were it was basically one horse race similarly to what Juventus are currently facing. With the only difference that while they reached the CL final twice in the past 5 years we used to get regularly thrashed in the CL. In fact the gap between the EPL and the Serie A back then was so big that an Alan Smith type of player (ie Ravanelli) could come to the EPL and absolutely own the place. That's how ridiculous it was back then
Juventus has a long history and had been consistently good in football for the past 88 years. They consistently won the title in every decade since the 30s. We're pretty much a two managers club with a staggering 18 EPL titles out of 20 won by just 2 managers. Our history between 67 and the 92s is nearly non existent. So seriously I can't see how we can say we're a bigger club to a club who had won more league titles then we have, more European trophies then we have, more FA cups then we have and had been far more consistent then we ever were. We're talking of a club who won a staggering 14 titles more then we did. That's not a frigging joke. If you subtract that from our tally then you would wipe out all SAF's title achievements + 1 (SAF won 13 EPL titles). In terms of trophies we would be at par with Aston Villa (+ 1 too as Villa won 7). That's hardly insignificant isn't it?
We're richer then Juventus and we've got more supporters then they do but we're nowhere near to them in terms of history and we're certainly nowhere near to them both in terms of developing managers and in terms of present side. Our best run was around 20-22 years. They have been dominating the league for nearly 90 years and seem to be extending that run for a while longer than that
*until recently anyway in Manchester