Italian press slams West Ham’s ‘DINOSAUR tactics’ in Europa Conference League final win over Fiorentina as they brand their fans ‘uncivilised barbarians’ after Cristiano Biraghi was hit by an object
- Jarrod Bowen’s late goal handed the Europa Conference League to West Ham
- The Italian press, however, was unimpressed with West Ham’s tactics in the final
- David Moyes has been compared to a tyrannosaur from Jurassic Park
The Italian press criticized West Ham’s tactics in their Europa Conference League final against Fiorentina.
Jarrod Bowen scored a 90th-minute goal to seal a 2-1 victory for the Hammers – who lifted their first trophy in 43 years.
It was a disappointing defeat for Vincenzo Italiano’s side, which made the Italian headlines this morning.
However, in articles online, the Italian press slammed West Ham’s performance and lambasted its supporters after Fiorentina captain Cristiano Biraghi bled from the head when he was hit by an object thrown from the crowd.
Soccer Italy ran with the headline: ‘Dinosaur tactic sees West Ham edge out toothless Fiorentina.’
The Italian press slammed West Ham’s ‘dinosaur tactics’ in the Europa Conference League final
They compared David Moyes to a Tyrannosaurus in Jurassic Park after West Ham win
It was a disappointing night for Fiorentina who lost their second final last month
The article began: “Football can sometimes be a totally unfair game, something Fiorentina suffered bitterly from in an utterly miserable Europa Conference League final against West Ham.”
They described the Hammers’ performance as “nothing short of miserable” and that the match was not the “beautiful game” at its best with cynical fouls and a “clear lack of quality on both sides”.
The outlet added: ‘Italiano is clearly a smart and talented coach, but all of his plans and tactics are worthless when the players at his disposal can’t implement them properly.
“David Moyes, on the other hand, was like the Tyrannosaurus rex in Jurassic Park – ripped from an older time period, but still having the star moment at the end of the film.”
Corriere dello Sport published the headline “Viola pain” on the front page of this morning’s newspaper.
On their website they pointed out that ‘fatal defensive uncertainty’ had caused ‘another bitter disappointment’ for Fiorentina – having previously lost in the Coppa Italia final to Inter Milan last month.
They also slammed West Hams for throwing objects on the pitch, describing them as ‘uncivilized barbarians’.
“Overcoming the bitterness will be difficult because, as already at the Olimpico against the Nerazzurri, Viola played well in Prague too, dominated the game for long periods, managing to rebalance it with the jump from Bonaventura, seeing the Cup disappear just on the edge of the wool,” they added.
West Ham fans throw objects including pint glasses at Fiorentina captain Cristiano Biraghi
Biraghi was bleeding from the back of his head after being hit by an object
“And all this despite some very uncivilized barbarians, specialists in throwing objects, one of whom injured Biraghi, who remained on the field with the courage and determination of true captains. Nevertheless. And yet, head raised, Fiorentina must find in itself the strength to leave Prague.
The front page of Gazzetta dello Sport focused on Inter Milan’s Champions League final with Fiorentina at the weekend.
They did, however, include a section at the bottom in which they said Fiorentina had been ‘punished in the counter-attack’ and that ‘the final chapter is still bitter’ when it comes to Italiano – amid uncertainty over in the future of the manager.
online paper said that despite the “bitterness” of last night’s defeat, Inter Milan can avenge them in the final.
Tuttosport took a similar route, pointing out that Fiorentina’s loss makes it two European final defeats for Italian sides after Roma’s Europa League final loss to Sevilla.
They added: “We only have Inter left in the Champions League.”
Inter Milan face Manchester City in the Champions League final on Saturday, and the heavy underdogs will be looking to break Italy’s final losing streak.