The graveyard shift of Italian football rarely gets to see one of the great old clubs deigning it with their presence, and this season we have been treated to one of Serie A’s founding members, writes TuttoMercatioWeb.com
Teams going bust is not a new thing in Italy, but usually the phoenix side is allowed to restart in Serie D. But with two Padova sides reforming following their demise, surprisingly it was the club with the greater ties to it’s past that slipped down the ladder and had to start from square number one.
Padova have graced the division with a sense of class and dignity, not a single moment of “we are too big to be here” and as a result they have been greeted on their travels with total respect. Total respect does not mean promotion however, and with six games to go Darwen’s men are far from guaranteed to take the automatic promotion spot.
The lead the league by eight points from second placed Lama, but have to play their main challengers again. Equally, the Padova performances have started to look a little rocky in recent weeks, even though they are collecting the points. Winning the league is by far from a foregone conclusion and the Biancoscudati will really hope to not have to rely on beating Lama in the second to last fixture of the season.
They should do it, but stranger things have happened in Italian football.