VILLAR PEROSA – Okay, yes, that’s right. The face of an actor has it. And then also that look of him always borderline, on the edge of pushed aggression, helps to make a character. But the Paul Pogba seen yesterday in Villar Perosa for the family vernissage he seemed anything but a worried man. So what’s the guy doing? He pretends or he is really serene. The feeling three meters from the scene causes the answer to fall on envelope number two. The Octopus is not worried about the injury that happened to him on July 24 in the States when a movement has sent his right knee into tilt: rupture of the external meniscus.
A blow not to laugh, even on an emotional level, for Juventus who imagined him out for a few months between surgery and re-education. But he didn’t, he remained calm and convinced of his path. No surgery and conservative therapy that could return the Octopus to Massimiliano Allegri within five weeks. Juventus tried to convince the Frenchman to go under the knife but there was nothing to do. Not even the consultation in Lyon with the knee guru, Professor Sonnery Cottet, transalpine like him, was not able to change his mind. And to say that the possible problem of the language with the stammering translation has not arisen, since they are both French. The thing is, Paul doesn’t really hear us on the operation side. And then there are two cases: either he is unconscious, or he is very conscious. In the sense that maybe something similar has already experienced it in the past. Everyone, even the athletes, indeed especially the athletes who work with their body, when they feel that something breaks they get scared. Well, his reaction was the opposite: serenity and decision so powerful as to go against what society and common opinion expected. Not to mention the medical protocol, which in cases like these advises to end up under the knife. But so be it. He has chosen conservative therapy and it must be said that seeing him walk yesterday, which certainly is not running, one begins to share his choice with more conviction.
Yes, yesterday he was also in Villar Perosa for the family celebration. And the fact that Juventus wanted to take him with them means that the boy can also afford an afternoon of freedom. When he came out of the bus, last, like the real actors, the stars, the applausometer reached its maximum. Even more than Di Maria who had already put his eardrums to the test: “Angel, Angel, Angel!” screamed fans and dreaming fans an autograph on the shirt rather than a selfie to be shot on the web to produce jibs of envy among friends and acquaintances. But then his majesty the Octopus arrived, with a cap and earrings in order to look his fans in the eyes who praised him. He pointed them straight and then made the rapper gesture with his hand, indicating a cool and positive moment. Then the walk. Yeah, the walk. The one that the last images of the training in Los Angeles had turned into a chimera. The crack and the two of the medical staff who help him by supporting him to leave the field. None of this.
Paul yesterday walked freely without crutches and even the steps and the slight descent that leads from the antistadio to the locker room passed them with great serenity. Yes, a lazy gait but nothing more than his classic American basketball star weary walk. A question of posture. Not a broken meniscus. So it is to be hoped that the five weeks will not double and above all there is hope for the success of this choice. He believes in it and Juventus also believes in it at this point. For some days even in society the most skeptical have been changing expression. There is optimism and it certainly cannot be that the boy can act so well that he hides his fears. Pogba is serene. And Juventus is following him.