Match Preview Serie A, Match Scouting Serie A

Match Preview: Juventus vs Sassuolo

April 28, 2014 - 8:30 am

By Hernan Busso and Enrico Passarella

– Juventus will visit Sassuolo tomorrow in a match that can leave the team on the verge of conquering their third consecutive Scudetto. A win at the Mapei Stadium would make the gap with Roma eight points again meaning that Juventus would only need one victory in the three remaining matches (which includes a visit to Roma itself) to finally secure the title.

Juventus had no trouble in their match against Sassuolo in the first leg at the Juventus Stadium, a devastating performance from Carlos Tevez, scoring three and assisting the other one scored by Peluso, gave Juve a very comfortable victory. But this time the match looks tougher on paper, Sassuolo has been on a roll the past few weeks, getting seven of the last nine points they played and look determined to avoid relegation and play in Serie A at least one more season. Juventus on the other hand will try to leave behind the disappointment they had on Thursday when they lost away to Benfica in the first leg of the Europa League semi finals, a result that left the tie wide open for the second leg that will be played this week at the Juventus Stadium.

The usual lineup will suffer a few modifications as some key players will be rested for the aforementioned match. Buffon will be the goalkeeper as usual but in defense Ogbonna and Cáceres will be replacing Bonucci and Barzagli, who is not yet fully fit after suffering from a pain in the heel that forced him to miss training during the week. Chiellini will be the only one starting from the usual starting XI.

In midfield there will be some modifications as well. Isla will be Lichsteiner’s replacement while Marchisio will continue to replace Vidal, who is still out with a knee injury that cost him a few matches already in the final part of the season. Despite this, he was called up for the match and will most likely be on the bench. Pogba and Pirlo will also be starting in the middle with Asamoah on the left wing.

Upfront is the only place where Conte didn’t make any changes to the usual line up.  Tevez and Llorente, who already have 32 goals combined in Serie A this season will be starting as they did most of the time both were available. Tevez (18 goals), who ended his European goal drought on Thursday, is looking to finish the season as the Capocannoniere, but after missing the last few matches because of a small injury he has been relegated by Ciro Immobile (21) and Luca Toni (19) to the third place in the scoring table.

Sassuolo

In a packed Mapei Stadium, Sassuolo will face a highly motivated Sassuolo, despite Rudi Garcia’s words who, by the way, was literally gifted two goals by the defenders few weeks ago here.

Good news for Juventus, all Sassuolo contenders in the relegation zone (Catania, Livorno, Bologna and Chievo Verona) lost this weekend and Neroverdi, even with a loss, will currently be safe because they have the head-to-head advantage on Bologna. Di Francesco said that they will fight until the end, but this isn’t exactly a do or die match for them, but win a win they would overtake two teams.

As we said, they have collected seven points in the last three matches, which is one of their best series in the season. Also, they have never won two games in a row. They have the worst home record in the League: 4 wins, 2 draws and 11 losses, for an abysmal total of 14 points.

How they can still avoid relegation despite such terrible stats is baffling, but what Eusebio Di Francesco is trying to do is really remarkable. He’s trying to prove that you can be a low-table team and still play good-looking, proactive, offensive football.

The results have been mixed (he even has been sacked and recalled), but I appreciate the effort. Probably, in the January window, they disavow a bit the coach’s doctrine by bringing in many scrappy and experienced players (Rosi, Cannavaro, Brighi, Biondini, etc.) rather than exciting and technical ones. Changing that much in midseason can be counterproductive, because the squad has to jell while playing important games, but it appears that they are peaking at the right time and the low level of the other teams involved in the relegation battle helped them a lot.

Di Francesco fueled this late “surge” trusting his 4-3-3, which he partially put aside at the beginning of the season to use the 3-man defense, and giving the keys back to the playmakers that run the team in their Serie B campaign: Simone Missiroli and Domenico Berardi.

Luckily for Juventus, they are both suspended for Today’s match (aiutini!!!). Sassuolo have recovered many injured players in the last two days, but those two will be sorely missed in the buildup of the action.

The downside of their tactic is that they usually concede a lot of room to the opponents and they don’t have good enough defenders to stop the strikers in the open floor. Also, they are very fragile mentally (they went one goal down in 26 matches and recovered only six times) and they don’t thrive in must-win situations (they should have beaten Cagliari and Sampdoria at home recently).

They shot a lot and also from long range, they attack with many men and exploit the middle area with cuts. They scored the 27% of their goals on set pieces. On the other hand, they play with a high defensive line and scientifically use the offside trap, which is very dangerous if you don’t have fast defenders that can quickly cover the ground when the trap is beaten by a timely pass or a clever attacker.

With low table team facing Juventus, the question is always the same: will they change their identity and park the bus because the big boys are in town? Di Francesco didn’t do at Juventus Stadium and was spanked and also, because of the absence of Berardi and Missiroli, they will be a much more grit and grind team than they usually are.

As for the lineup, Biondini is disqualified too. Acerbi, Alexe, Bianco and Manfredini are injured. Marrone, Brighi, Antei and Sansone have recovered, but they are not 100%. They need one between Marrone and Brighi to play because they are simply out of midfielder and they would be forced to adapt somebody there (Ziegler, Rosi or another fullback) and the results against Pirlo, Pogba and Marchisio would be predictably disastrous.

They also need Sansone because he is their only creative go-to-guy available. Floro Flores and Zaza are goodish, but they don’t combine and work much with the others. If he’s not ready, probably Masucci will start, but it would be nice if Di Sassuolo gave a chance to Antonio Sanabria.

Bottom line

If Juventus are into the game mentally and not distracted by the huge midweek game, this should be an easier game compared to the Bologna one. Sassuolo are not accustomed to defending because they are not good at defending, so they try to win games in different ways. It has not really worked well for them at home.

There will be a nice atmosphere at Reggio Emilia and may Juve fans on the stands and considering the hound we have on the bench, Juventus will be focused and will try to close the game early and not spend too much energy, putting themselves in the position to finish this Scudetto race that has dragged for way too long (because of Roma brilliancy) at home next week.

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    adp1974 April 28, 2014 at 8:50 am

    1st.

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      DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 10:55 am

      You took it 😐

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    BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Should be a rather easy win today, hope the team isn’t too distracted. Also hope to see some of the bench players for this game, Benfica rested close to the whole team

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    JuventusVidal April 28, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Cairo says it would be best for immobile to stay at yorino. If immobile scored around 15 goals all season, then you could make an argument for him to stay at torino. But he has done too well to remain there

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    JuventusVidal April 28, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Zidane called pogba, trying to convince him to join RM. With all due respect Zizou, kindly fuck off

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      tpick April 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      The sad part is, Pogba will probably listen. I dont think he will be in black and white after the WC. I just hope Marotta actually spends the 70m+ we would get for Pogba, and buys some good players.

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        Peter April 28, 2014 at 6:29 pm

        Imagine how many half contracts he could make with that kind of money! All of them would remain in their current club of course.

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          tpick April 28, 2014 at 6:33 pm

          ya, thats the biggest problem with him, he wants everyone on loan or co-owned. he needs to understand that Juve arent a 2nd tier club, and deserve the WC players that we pass up every season. CB, LB/LWB and RB/RWB are positions we need to fill. Barzagli wont be around much longer, Asamoah is a great bench option, and Lichtsteiner is not as reliable as he used to be. Throw in a CM to help with the loss of Pogba and can help rest Pirlo, and CF (Immobile).

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            Peter April 28, 2014 at 6:39 pm

            Yeah, I would like to see some new players like that, however I think it would be a great to keep Pogba at least to show that we are considering ourselves as a European (world) top club. We already have problems with depth, and selling Pogba (who is our second-third-fourth best CM), would weaken us even more.

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            tpick April 28, 2014 at 6:42 pm

            Id love to keep Pogba, but hes the best young player in the world by a mile, he can play for any team in the world, make twice as much as he makes now, and he knows that. He will follow $$$.

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            Peter April 28, 2014 at 6:47 pm

            Or perhaps, he won’t follow the money, and stay because he can touch Pirlo’s beard for free.
            Jokes aside, I hope he is more dedicated to Juve than simply going after the money.

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 6:49 pm

            Time will tell.

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    JuventusVidal April 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    So benfica play majority of their second string players against PORTO in a cup semifinal and we only rest bonucci and lichtsteiner against fucking sassuolo. Wow. Thats pretty pathetic

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      JanJuveNL April 28, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      And again not a single youth player, not even on the bench.

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        JuventusVidal April 28, 2014 at 6:16 pm

        I dont get why conte is so reluctant to use youth.

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    BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    PDC season is over due to injury, he’s out for 3 months. I assume that isn’t positive for any transfer deal to happen this summer –‘

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      tpick April 28, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      PDC will end up leaving on a free transfer, because he will just bounce around from club to club, just like Motta, Ziegler and Martinez.

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        BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 6:49 pm

        Beginning to look like it, a shame. Especially with the hard economic situation that is constantly used as an excuse for no big deals to happen. We hardly sell anyone for a good price, no wonder we dont generate funds then. Not saying as in sell Pogba now for 80mill, but guys like you just mentioned. They walk away for nothing in return

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    DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    https://dazsports.org/daz2.html

    Again in yellow………

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      Peter April 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      I thought it’s only the black shorts that concern people here..

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        DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm

        It doesn’t concern me, i just wanna see black and white.

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          Marc Dominic Zaroli April 28, 2014 at 6:49 pm

          I like the yellow, its a nice summer strip

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 6:49 pm

            I like it too, but i still wanna see black and white. We didn’t get to see it thursday either.

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        BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 6:50 pm

        Maybe blue shorts are cursed too, according to those people xD

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          DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 6:50 pm

          no >.>

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            BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 6:51 pm

            Sorry 😛 Cant recall everyone who believes in this curse shit but wasn’t meant at you

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 6:54 pm

            I do believe in the curse though, but i wanna see black and white. Curse doesn’t matter much then.

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    DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    goooool

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    JuventusMalta1998 April 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    how the hell?

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    DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    lol i called it

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    BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Zaza wanted to impress Juve, I guess at least he is off to a good start

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    JuventusBuffon April 28, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Last thing we need now is a loss. Dai Juve!!!!!

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    Marc Dominic Zaroli April 28, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Did zaza celebrate? Missed it

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      Peter April 28, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      No.

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        Marc Dominic Zaroli April 28, 2014 at 7:06 pm

        Yeah just saw it on youtube.. How the heck did that beat Buffon?

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          Peter April 28, 2014 at 7:09 pm

          I believe it bounced off Ogbonna’s feet.

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            JuventusBuffon April 28, 2014 at 7:11 pm

            Hmm makes sense, I mean buffon is not the type of dude to get beat near post by a simple shot, deflections yes.

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 7:11 pm

            It did look like that.

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            JuventusBuffon April 28, 2014 at 7:16 pm

            Yeah I felt iffy when I saw it, I was like something ain’t right.

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            Marc Dominic Zaroli April 28, 2014 at 7:19 pm

            The deflection was minimal though

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            JuventusBuffon April 28, 2014 at 7:29 pm

            Still puts a keeper off, when a ball is struck the keeper is already committed to a side. So when it takes a deflection no matter how slight, the keeper has less than half a second to reverse the dive and get to it

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            Marc Dominic Zaroli April 28, 2014 at 7:31 pm

            But the ball was never going to the right of Buffon, the deflection made inches difference in where the ball was going

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 7:35 pm

            He thought it would go straight at him, now it went slightly next to him.

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            Marc Dominic Zaroli April 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm

            You just expect better from Buffon is all

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 7:38 pm

            That’s true. But he is getting older so we shouldn’t expect him to be what he always was. It might get worse later on.

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            Marc Dominic Zaroli April 28, 2014 at 7:40 pm

            Even now though he makes wonder saves and is easily one of the best keepers in the world so you expect better

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:04 pm

            I know he does. But he does make silly mistakes nowadays.

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    JuventusBuffon April 28, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    TEEEEEEVEEEEEEZ CHE GOOOOOAL!!!!!

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    Marc Dominic Zaroli April 28, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Deflected goal number 2 and its level!!!

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      DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Have you made a job application to skysports yet?

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        Marc Dominic Zaroli April 28, 2014 at 7:24 pm

        I’m onto my second interview with the application

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          DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 7:25 pm

          You would probably do better than any commentators they currently have.

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            Marc Dominic Zaroli April 28, 2014 at 7:29 pm

            I’d at least say the players names right and not read off outdated fact sheets

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            BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm

            No youngster Storari from you?:P

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            Marc Dominic Zaroli April 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm

            No ‘pacey young Lichtsteiner’ or ‘Andy conte’ either

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            BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 7:35 pm

            My vote goes to you then 😛

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 7:34 pm

            But then again, when you’re doing a Barca match, you’d be like ”Messi is alright and all, but he ain’t Italian!”

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            Marc Dominic Zaroli April 28, 2014 at 7:35 pm

            Hes part Italian.. ‘Oh and that was fantastic from Messi.. Definitely the Italian in him coming out there!!’

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm

            What? He is?

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            BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm

            Most Argentinians have some Italian roots :p He could have picked the Azzurri too

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            Marc Dominic Zaroli April 28, 2014 at 7:39 pm

            Part of his family are from Ancona

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:05 pm

            I knew he’s Argentine, it wouldn’t have suprised me if they bend the rules so he could play for Spain, but Italy, i never knew. Why isn’t he playing for us yet?

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            JuventusBuffon April 28, 2014 at 8:03 pm

            Yeah his dad I believe

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    DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    CARLITOOOOOOOSSSSSSS

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    BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Thats better. Now do that again Tevez 😛

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    Marc Dominic Zaroli April 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    That’s more like it Buffon!!

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    DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Buffon: Hell no Zaza that aint happening twice!!

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    JuventusVidal April 28, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Ogbonna is such an over rated player. He really is not juve material. Cant believe we spent 15mil for him

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      Marc Dominic Zaroli April 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      He’s probably been our best defender today..

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        JuventusBuffon April 28, 2014 at 7:59 pm

        He was at fault for the goal though.

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    B1anconer0 April 28, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Hope Juve play better in the 2nd half because this was just awful

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      BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Seems our thing lately, a poor-average first half and a good second half

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    BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    The Prince himself!

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    JuventusBuffon April 28, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    MARCHISIOOOOOOO

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    JuventusMalta1998 April 28, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    OMG PERFECT GOAL <3

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    DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    CLAUDIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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    DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Sweeeet stuff

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    BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Uhh, why bring in Lichtsteiner?

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      DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      To get him warmed up for Benfica

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        BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 8:18 pm

        Lol :p him and Bonucci the only ones getting some rest and now he’s playing too. Benfica rested like everyone

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          Peter April 28, 2014 at 8:19 pm

          Yeah, but they care.

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            BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 8:22 pm

            Not a valid excuse anymore, one game from the final, they should win it now 😛

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            Peter April 28, 2014 at 8:23 pm

            I agree, but I’m not convinced.

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:24 pm

            You thought Benfica would be a walk over?

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            BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 8:25 pm

            He has a good point, in most of the matches Juve played really half assed, I am also still waiting for a great game

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:28 pm

            We’ve been waiting for a great game ever since Madrid, so that’s no suprise. I think we played pretty good in the 2nd half against Benfica.

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            BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm

            In Serie A we have good games regularly, in EL we have none 😛 2nd half was good yeah, but the first half was a horror. Looked like a bunch of imposters in Juve shirts

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:34 pm

            Haha that would be a good joke though. And they would have done a very nice job looking like our players.

            We usually play better in Serie A. Has always been like that.

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            BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 8:36 pm

            Unfortunately that doesn’t win us trophies 😛 It’s our chance for a first European trophy since way too long, I don’t see the hunger in our players. And if there is something Conte is good at, it’s drilling that hunger and motivation into his team. It’s not there in European games

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm

            Well only Conte can do anything about that, but you are right. Though i haven’t seen that hunger in the Serie A either anymore this season. I wanna see what we saw in Conte’s first season. In both Serie a and europe. That Juve made me happy.

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            BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 8:42 pm

            Well yeah this season was a win on cruise control, despite Roma doing so well. Title was never really threatened 😛

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            Peter April 28, 2014 at 8:25 pm

            Of course not, but we played shit in every game in EL as far as I can remember..

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:23 pm

            Juve cares too. I am 100% sure about that. They know us fans want it, it will be a trophy so the players want it, Conte wants it.

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          DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:20 pm

          I don’t believe it will really work against us. They have 3 days to rest. Should be enough for a sportsman..

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            BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 8:22 pm

            Still fatigue hurts them, even though I would say that too 😛

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:23 pm

            That’s the only danger. Just gotta try their best to avoid injury and hope Sassuolo doesn’t want to screw us over.

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    JuventusBuffon April 28, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Zaza is freakin diver! He even has the guts to bitch at buffon afterwards.

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      Marc Dominic Zaroli April 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      As are most pro footballers, let’s be honest

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    DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Barzagli should not be used as an attacker

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    DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Pogba

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    BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    For that one time I wouldn’t mind Padoin..

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    B1anconer0 April 28, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Juve will be lucky if they win today

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      DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Sassuolo will be lucky if we don’t score 1-3

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        BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 8:21 pm

        Scrap that 😛

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        B1anconer0 April 28, 2014 at 8:21 pm

        lol 🙂

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        DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:21 pm

        they aren’t lol

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    JuventusBuffon April 28, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Fernando llorente!!!!!!

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    B1anconer0 April 28, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    what a beauty !!!

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    JuventusMalta1998 April 28, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    THAT CHEEKY BASTARD xD

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    DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Llorente can be that brilliant

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    DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Vidal 🙂 No surgery for him!

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      Peter April 28, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      This is exactly what I meant. I thought he had some knee problems, yet he is in and playing on a wet pitch risking an injury before the must-win EL game. This doesn’t show me that we really want to win it.

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        DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm

        I don’t worry about that. We are winning 1-3, he won’t run his ass off risking anything, he’ll just get into abit of rythm after being out for a while.

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          Peter April 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm

          I’m no sportsman, but I’m quite sure you can injure yourself on the wet grass just by a wrong step. He doesn’t have to tire himself or anything, just a wrongly placed foot at a turn.. Unnecessary risk.

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:38 pm

            Well that’s up to Vidal himself. Try to avoid that wrong step. I know you don’t always have that in your own hands, but still. I doubt that’ll happen. And i don’t think Conte would put him on without having gotten the ok.

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            Peter April 28, 2014 at 8:39 pm

            Well, he looks pretty hurt to me already, but maybe it’s just me.

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            DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:43 pm

            hm who knows. I didn’t pay attention to him anymore. Maybe i’m just thinking too easy of it since i’ve never had anything myself, so i have no clue how it happens and how it feels.

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            RUDY ARIS April 29, 2014 at 12:06 am

            it’s too late for you once it happens. It happens in the blink of an eye, and it feels like you will crap your pants from the pain. Torn acl that is.

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    BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    You got one lucky goal already Sassuolo, be happy and let us score a few more now, tyvm 😛

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    BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    8point gap, 3games left to play. Call me a fool but I say the title is ours 😛

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      DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      I say the 100 points are ours too. Hopefully.

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        JuventusMalta1998 April 28, 2014 at 8:43 pm

        dont foget the game against roma :/ if we lose that, the 100 oints are lost, and since we’re gonna win it next weekend i fear that we won’t be playing that seriously

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          BelgianJuventino April 28, 2014 at 8:45 pm

          As long as we don’t lose that game its a realistic target, draw is just fine 😛
          And seems like that record is being taken more seriously than the EL anyway

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          DutchJuve April 28, 2014 at 8:45 pm

          I hope we do. The title is no real challenge. Never been this season. My goals for this season are 100 points and the EL trophy. Hoping that isn’t asking too much of those lazy asses…

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    B1anconer0 April 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Party next week at the Juventus Stadium !! Chi non salta giallorosso è!!

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    Hanna April 28, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    where tha party at nigguz?

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      Marc Dominic Zaroli April 28, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      Hitlers palace you racist!!!

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        JuventusBuffon April 28, 2014 at 11:08 pm

        Yay I love that place, especially those weird looking showers he has there, those look fun!

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          RUDY ARIS April 29, 2014 at 12:04 am

          As part Jewish, I am offended by this. Don’t judge a man because of his interior decor.

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            JuventusBuffon April 29, 2014 at 12:54 am

            But I’m complementing it

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    RUDY ARIS April 29, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Let this game serve as a reminder to people who believe Ogbonna is such a good CB. He sucks. He was a liability all night.

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      Marc Dominic Zaroli April 29, 2014 at 12:34 am

      Could say the same about the benfica game and bonucci or caceres.. One bad game doesn’t make someone a bad defender.. He was probably the best of the 3 in the first half but did poorly in the second half. He’s struggling to settle I to the team but he’s not a bad CB, far from it.

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        ImSoCool12345 April 29, 2014 at 8:51 am

        Caceres had a great game against Benfica. Stop making it seem as if he caused the two goals.

        Ogbonna was by far the worst CB the entire game…

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          Marc Dominic Zaroli April 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm

          I think you must’ve watched the wrong game because caceres was dreadful against benfica. I don’t know how you think I’m making it seem as though he caused the two goals because he didn’t but he could’ve been the cause of at least a further 3 but we were fortunate that his mistakes weren’t punished.

          Again, he wasn’t. He probably shaded the first half as our best defender and even in the second half he did more defensively than barzagli who didn’t make a single tackle or win a single header..

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            RUDY ARIS April 29, 2014 at 9:44 pm

            marc, we will NEVER convince you that Caceres is very good. I thought he had a good game against Benfica. Benfica did nothing in attack against him except a little cross here and there and Caceres shut his man down for the most part. Ogbonna cost us the goal yesterday as he deflected it, and he gave the ball away dangerously in both halves which is why he came off, not to mentions that he couldnt contain anyone. I really think that you forgot Ogbonna is black and mistook him for Chiellini. To say he was close to our best defender in the first half is a gross misrepresentation of reality. He has been weak for the most part this season. Barzagli is solid, they didnt attack him directly, Sas tried to take advantage of our weakest link which was Ogbonna.

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        JuventusVidal April 29, 2014 at 10:46 am

        Ogbonna was poor both halves. And unlike bonucci, who has a bad game every now and then, ogbonna has been stringing together a row of poor performances. He’s over rated and torino robbed marotta of 15mil

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          Marc Dominic Zaroli April 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm

          Ogbonna started for us poorly, no arguing there but his recent performance had been promising. He wasn’t poor both halves but certainly was in the second but these things happen.

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    JuventusMalta1998 April 29, 2014 at 6:47 am

    the tevez goal has been ruled as an OG :/

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      DutchJuve April 30, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Huh? That makes no sense.

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        JuventusMalta1998 April 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

        I know, I tried checking for a statement, but from the commentaries i saw they changed it to an own goal :/

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    ImSoCool12345 April 29, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Four things from this game:

    1- Marchisio is slowly regaining his starting spot. Great game from him. I’m sure he’s going to start from Italy now
    2- Ogbonna had a terrible game. If this was a mid table/Europa League team we would have got two or more goals scored on.
    3- Our attack of Tevez and Llorente is becoming extremely important. I don’t think we should replace any of them this summer. Immobile can come back but I’m afraid he won’t get enough playing time…
    4- Zaza is another one of our great strikers. We have such great you strikers that even if we do lose Immobile we can replace him with others (although I wouldn’t want to).