Bielsa has arrived at Atalanta, and the results are spectacular. Was * outraged by this result, partially my fault for rotating a bit but we should have done better. Worst bit was we'd just tied the club record 18-game all comps unbeaten streak that had stood since the 90s, so we threw away the chance to break it. Put out the A-team for the return leg on the off chance that they'd turn things around. Pinamonti had probably his best game in a Samp shirt thus far, absolutely lethal. Bologna managed to overturn a big first leg deficit themselves in their semi against Fiorentina. We'll enter the final as favourites and should get it done fairly comfortably, though will have to do it without Tonali due to his silly and completely unnecessary suspension. Probably my fault for not telling him to 'ease off' on a yellow. Europa League has been fruitful and we're through to the quarters after dealing with some Ukranian outfit and then Spartak Moskva. Have drawn Milan which should be a cracking all-Italian double header. Final eight contains some really interesting teams with the two big Turkish giants, United and Liverpool who are the on paper favourites, and then the two Roman clubs and ourselves and Milan as a Serie A quartet. League table has tightened up considerably of late, some silly draws creeping into our results. But we still find ourselves in a strong position, with only really away games against Roma and Napoli standing out from our run-in. Very nearly beat Juve after going 2-0 up early, but they salvaged a draw via a dubious peno and a spawny Ronaldo header late on. Really gutted as a win probably would have killed the title race off once and for all. But at least we didn't lose and further erode our lead.