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April 6, 2015

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Fiorentina V Juventus

Coppa Italia – Semi-Final 2nd Leg [Tuesday, 6th April – 19:45 GMT] – Stadio Artemio Franchi


 

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Juventus

Claudio Marchisio returns to the squad as Juventus travel to Florence knowing they have to overcome a 2-1 deficit to progress to the final of the Coppa Italia.

Bianconeri coach Max Allegri confirmed that he’ll be playing 4 at the back in tomorrow’s game while also confirming that Marco Storari will start in goal ahead of Gianluigi Buffon.

Andrea Barzagli and Angelo Ogbonna both turned in solid performances against Empoli on Saturday, but Leonardo Bonucci has been Juve’s strongest defender this season and will probably start ahead of both of them. Having been rested at the weekend, Giorgio Chiellini should be fit and ready to play from the first minute, with Stephan Lichtsteiner and Patrice Evra playing in the full-back positions.

Claudio Marchisio is back in the squad so he may play at the base of the midfield three with Arturo Vidal and Stefano Sturaro alongside him. Roberto Pereyra was a goal-scoring sub at the weekend and his pace will be needed against a solid Fiorentina defence.

Carlos Tevez is the league’s top scorer following his superb free-kick at the weekend, and given his recent form, he’ll likely play alongside Alvaro Morata in attack.

Probable lineup:

4-3-1-2: Storari, Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Marchisio, Vidal, Sturaro; Pereyra; Tevez, Morata

Injured Players:

Asamoah and Romulo (Recovering from surgery), Pirlo, Caceres, Pogba, Marrone

Suspended Players:

None

Form

(W-W-W-W-W)

 

 

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Fiorentina

Despite the “I Believe” campaign launched by the coach Massimiliano Allegri, the raw stats show that it will be very difficult for Juventus to eliminate Fiorentina in the second leg of the Coppa Italia semifinal. All year long, Fiorentina have been defeated only thrice at home: against Lazio (0-2), against Dinamo Minsk (1-2 in a meaningless Europa League game) and against Napoli (0-1). Fiorentina have had only two legit losses at Artemio Franchi this season and only once they have been beaten with a result that would allow Juventus to reach the coveted final. They have conceded twelve goals in 14 home games in Serie A, trailing only to Juventus, Roma, Sampdoria and Torino in that category.

Vincenzo Montella’s game plan will be the most interesting part of the fixture. Considering the result of the Juventus stadium match, Fiorentina don’t necessarily need to go for the dagger. They can wait and see, let Juventus have possession and strike on a counter using an artist of that craft like Mo Salah. However, this tactic isn’t exactly in Fiorentina’s style, as they like to have the ball and territorial dominance: being passive could be counterproductive for them.

As usual, Montella can go two ways as far as the scheme is concerned: 3-5-2 or 4-3-3. However, it’s more related to squad rotation and matching the option than it is about the attitude. Their key traits remain the same, no matter what. 3-5-2 is probably a safer formation for this one. The coach Vincenzo Montella said that Stefan Savic should be ready after a weird thigh injury and, along with Gonzalo Rodriguez and Josè Maria Basanta, he forms the best defense they can field and he’s more reliable than Nenad Tomovic and Micah Richards in the right CB spot. Of course, a little hiccup in the recovery in the final training sessions could easily keep him on the bench.

Montella will be forced to change things up in the midfield: David Pizarro and Milan Badelj have been the two go-to options in the deep-lying midfielder/pivot position, but the Croatian midfielder, who has been on a steady rise as of late, is suspended and the coach almost entirely ruled out Pizarro due to recent muscular problems. Next in line for that role is Alberto Aquilani. On Saturday, Mati Fernandez and Joaquin, who has been their primary, if not sole, choice at right wing back, rested and that’s one more reason to lean towards 3-5-2. Manuel Pasqual was left out of the squad before Easter because of bruised ribs: Marcos Alonso or Juan Manuel Vargas can take his place on the left if he’s not ready yet. Salah left the Sampdoria game a little banged up, but he’ll probably play through it. Khouma Babacar spent Saturday on the pine and he could be an interesting weapon with his explosiveness, but Montella has rarely renounced fielding Mario Gomez in important matches, especially in the cups.

Probable lineup

3-5-2: Neto; Savic, Rodriguez, Basanta; Joaquin, Mati Fernandez, Aquilani, Valero, Alonso; Gomez, Salah

Injured

Tatarusanu (back), Rossi (knee), Pizarro (thigh), Pasqual (ribs)

Suspended

Badelj

Form

(D-W-W-D-W)

 

Formation

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  • DutchJuve

    I actually really want to win this.

  • BelgianJuventino

    No Tevez tonight is seriously damaging our hopes of progressing.. Hopefully Morata can do the job! Llorente or Coman hopefully his partner, I expect Llorente to start. Please no Matri xD

  • BelgianJuventino

    Good god, reading Matri is most likely the one to start, along with Pepe..
    Strongest line-up my ass..

  • Luca Moleta

    With Tevez out, this makes our chances even more slimmer. Hopefully Tevez is 100% fit for AS Monaco. I hope Morata and Coman start.

  • JuventusBuffon

    Game Plan. Salah cannot get the ball!!!!

  • JuventusBuffon

    Matriiiiii

  • DutchJuve

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL MATRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Luca Moleta

    Holy shit, i can’t believe Matri scored.

  • BelgianJuventino

    OF ALL PEOPLE ITS MATRI WITH THE GOAL!!

  • DutchJuve

    Did you guys forget 2011? We all know he can score :p

  • Papilaya(John)™★★★

    MATATATATATATATTRIIII!

    Oh its been too long!!

    • DutchJuve

      I forgot what we used to say, i knew we had Mitra Matri, but i knew there was something else. MATATATATTATRIIIIII!!

  • juve_mike

    Sturaro is so far out of his depth it’s embarrassing

  • DutchJuve

    If it ends in 0-1 will we be in the final or will there be extra time?

    • Papilaya(John)™★★★

      We d be out. Away goals

      • DutchJuve

        Oops yeah, i turned the scores around. We’d be through with 2-1 and 1-0. My bad.

  • DutchJuve

    Wtf is this? How is this not a cornor? Chiellini yellow too.

  • DutchJuve

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL PEREYRAAAAA!!!!! Now we would be in the final 😀

  • Luca Moleta

    GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JuventusBuffon

    Gooooooooooooal

  • BelgianJuventino

    NUMERO DUEEE

  • Papilaya(John)™★★★

    MATRI ACTUALL HELD UP THE BALL WELL!

    • Luca Moleta

      lol

    • BelgianJuventino

      Miracles every day xD

    • DutchJuve

      You can mark April 7th 2015 as the day full of suprises. Tell your grandchildren about this day when you’re old.

  • JuventusBuffon

    Fiorentina just fucked around with the wrong Old Lady!!!!!

  • Bianconeri_Archer_PH

    wow good half

  • Papilaya(John)™★★★

    Perreyra is awesome. So is Marchisio, but that goes without saying

  • JuventusBuffon

    Sturaro isn’t that good. Had to say it.

    • LMJuveDK

      is he that bad? sadly i cannot see the match. i was hoping he would be a good player for us.

      • JuventusBuffon

        Couple long balls, but not very impressive to say the least.

      • Papilaya(John)™★★★

        Shaky, unsure of his self and nervy in general

    • DutchJuve

      I barely even see him. Doesn’t do anything good for us.

  • DutchJuve

    LEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • JuventusBuffon

    Bonnnnny

  • Papilaya(John)™★★★

    MARCHISIOS DELIVERY <3

    • JuventusBuffon

      Lol torn ACL……

  • DutchJuve

    Fuck, Marchisio will miss the final cuz of this card…

  • juve_mike

    Dumb by Marchisio

  • Luca Moleta

    Fiorentina are getting really frustrated.

    • DutchJuve

      Did you see the fans running to where the players had the arguement?

      • Luca Moleta

        Yes

  • juve_mike

    If Aquilani scores that we might as well go home

  • DutchJuve

    Matri is playing well..

  • JuventusBuffon

    Red?

  • DutchJuve

    Was this red?.. Abit extreme if you ask me. Also, Morata likes to tease Viola fans. I like him.

  • B1anconer0

    Marchisio and pereyra played a great game! What a bad ref, that was nowhere near a red card. ..