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Old Wine In A New Bottle: Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus Have Not Changed Drastically

Newly appointed technician Massimiliano Allegri has settled in well at Juventus and made some minor but effective changes to a winning system. It would be fair to say that Massimiliano Allegri’s arrival at Juventus was hardly greeted with any enthusiasm in Turin. The feeling was more of disappointment rather than hostile and around 300 Juventus fans staged a protest outside the headquarters of the club while a group of ultras were allowed to enter the stadium to display their frustrations. The skepticism of the tifosi was understandable. After three years of domestic domination, it would have been a difficult task for anyone to replace Antonio Conte. Add to this the fact that Conte was a Juventino through and through and the fans could connect to the passion he displayed on the touchline for the last three years. Replacing him with an ex-Milan coach who was sacked in January this year was even more difficult to digest for the Bianconeri faithful. […] Read more »

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Leonardo Bonucci Thunderbolt Secures Controversial Win For Juventus

Leonardo Bonucci’s stunning strike late in the second half gave Juventus a 3-2 win over AS Roma in the top of the table clash which had two red cards, seven yellows and three penalties. A Scudetto battle royal between two teams having five wins from five had no shortage of drama but it was referee Gianluca Rocci who will make the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Carlos Tevez converted two first half penalties which were both results of highly contentious decisions from the referee. In between these two penalties, Roma had taken a 2-1 lead thanks to a spot-kick from captain Francesco Totti and a 44th minute strike from Argentine Juan Manuel Iturbe. The second half was pretty lackluster as both the teams looked tired after their midweek Champions League games. However, a moment of brilliance from Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci settled the contest in the 85th minute. Both teams had a man sent off after that as Alvaro […] Read more »

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Manchester United target Arturo Vidal: ‘I am happy at Juventus, this is my home’

Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal insists he is happy at Juventus “and that is more important than money or anything else.” The Juventus midfielder had reportedly undergone medicals ahead of a potential move to the former English champions but all of those rumors proved untrue, as Vidal remained in Turin and finally had the chance to explain what happened to Tuttosport. “The summer? I was serene. I was focused on my knee. I’ve never asked my agent or Juventus if something was happening. I’ve a pact with my agent: he informs me if there’s something concrete. And he never said anything to me. I don’t know exactly what happened in the summer, but I think that nothing really important happened, otherwise he would have told me: Arturo, there’s this possibility… Manchester United? I don’t know, really. I can only say that I’m comfortable in Turin. I’m happy here, my wife loves Turin, my son Alonsito is happy and so is the […] Read more »

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Juventus v Roma – Team News, Tactics, Line-ups And Prediction

JUVENTUS v ROMA Juventus Stadium, Turin Sunday 5th Oct, 2014 *** A blockbuster top of the table clash sees Juventus host title rivals AS Roma on Sunday evening at the Juventus stadium in Turin. Still it is very early in the season and the outcome of this game won’t decide the fate of the Scudetto but sparks are set to fly as Italy’s finest come to blows. Early signs suggest that this will be a two horse title race like last season. Both the sides have won 5 games apiece; Juventus have scored one goal more than Roma while Roma have conceded one against Parma. Juventus have looked solid at the back while Roma look devastating upfront. They demolished CSKA Moscow in the Champions League and although the clinical finishes are sometimes missing in league games yet the statistics would show they have more or less dominated all the 5 games so far. Juventus on the other hand have responded […] Read more »

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Atletico Madrid Are No Longer A Surprise: Buffon

Juventus are at the Vicente Calderon for tomorrow night’s blockbuster clash with last season’s runners-up Atletico Madrid and head coach Massimiliano Allegri and club captain Gianliugi Buffon spoke at the press conference ahead of the game. Allegri stated: “We must put in a great performance and try to come home with a positive result. It’s going to be a difficult game, as Atletico Madrid make sporting aggression and set plays their biggest strengths.I expect it to be a very technical match. This team reflects Simeone’s character with incredible mental strength, unity and pressing for 95 minutes.Let’s not forget Simeone led this team to victory in La Liga, losing the Champions League Final by just one minute.” He then threw some light on the possible starting XI for tomorrow.“I will decide between Llorente and Morata in attack. Morata did well coming off the bench on Saturday against Atalanta, scored his first goal and I was very happy with that.Caceres could come […] Read more »

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Atalanta v Juventus – Team News, Tactics, Line-ups And Prediction

ATALANTA v JUVENTUS Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia,Bergamo Sept 28th, 2014 *** Juventus travel to Bergamo to take on a stuttering Atalanta on Saturday evening. Massimillliano Allegri’s side have made a perfect start to their new campaign and are yet to concede a goal so far. Considering the absence of first team starters like Andrea Pirlo and Andrea Barzagli, the lively beginning to the season has surprised many. Juventus will have one eye on the away trip to Vicente Calderon on Wednesday but will be equally aware of the tough task ahead of them in this game at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia. Atalanta are traditionally very strong at home but surprisingly they have registered only one point out of a possible six so far this season. The 1-0 loss against Fiorentina in match week 3 was a particularly poor result as they looked listless on the field against a relatively inexperienced La Viola outfit. Stefano Colantuono will be rallying his […] Read more »