Carlos Tevez continued his fine form with his 24th goal of the season as Juventus beat Genoa to go 17 points clear at the top of Serie A. Tevez, 31, scored twice in Juve’s Champions League win in Dortmund in midweek and was the key man again. The former Manchester City forward broke the deadlock by weaving into the penalty area and firing in off the underside of the crossbar. He also had a second-half penalty saved but Juve held on to win comfortably. Juve were without influential midfielder Paul Pogba – starting a two-month injury lay-off – but still had enough to see off Genoa. Tevez’s brilliant individual goal put them on course for a 20th league win of the season and Massimiliano Allegri’s side look set for a fourth title in a row. Allegri made just a few changes to the side which had defeated Borussia Dortmund in midweek, giving Simone Padoin and Fernando Llorente a start while […]

JUVENTUS v GENOA Juventus Stadium, Turin Sunday 22nd Feb, 2015, 14:00 GMT  *** Sunday afternoon will see Juventus welcome Genoa, as they look to avenge their only loss of the season. Massimiliano Allegri’s men can be forgiven if they don’t look entirely motivated against Genoa on Sunday. After their triumph in Dortmund midweek to reach the Champions League quarterfinals and a comfortable 14 point lead atop the Serie A table, the most difficult part of Allegri’s job for the remainder of the season may be keeping his side focused on the task at hand. However, considering the club have only attained four straight Scudetti once in their history, the feat should provide all the inspiration Juventus need to see out the remainder of the Serie A campaign. Allegri will look to utilize his deep bench and give some playing time to those who haven’t seen much of it in recent weeks. The Bianconeri will not have it easy on Sunday though, […]

The fans on both sides of Genoa divide did not have high expectations ahead of this season after a relatively below-par campaign last year with Sampdoria finishing 12th and Genoa 14th. Both clubs did not show enough ambition to be considered as contenders for Europe while they sat well clear above the relegation zone. Fast forward to today and both of them have undergone significant improvement as Sampdoria currently occupy the 5th spot while their city rivals are in 6th position just 1 point shy of third place Lazio. In Genoa, the mere fact of having these two teams in top flight is viewed as a satisfactory achievement. Both these clubs have suffered relegations over the last few decades while also qualifying for Europe in this period as well. But they have not shown any sort of consistency for their fans to consider European competitions for granted. Expectations were modest at the start of the season with Gian Piero Gasperini […]