Match Preview Serie A

Scouting: Cagliari

May 17, 2014 - 8:44 am

Final act of the season: Juventus parade against Cagliari before the great party at the Stadium and in the streets of Turin. Juventus broke the all-time point record, now they can reach the 100-point mark, which really means nothing, but is cool.

Juventus need to win this last game to accomplish a perfect record at home (18 W), which is surely impressive. Juventus face the only team that hasn’t lost yet at the Juventus stadium: two draws. On the other hand, they are one of the worst road teams in the League: one win, eight draw, nine losses, ten goals (penultimate attack on the road) scored and 23 conceded. They concede a lot in the first 15 minutes: the opponents got the lead early six times, but they are usually able to comeback.

Despite the turmoil in the coaching position (Pulga fired from the assistant role, then the coach Lopez sacked and Pulga returning as the boss), the stadium with limited capacity and Cellino buying Leeds and trying to sell Cagliari in midseason, the squad was able to isolate itself and got the job done, easily avoiding the drop.

Like most of the low-table teams, they sit back and counter. Cagliari have excellent players to exploit this tactic, like Ibarbo and Sau. Conti and Astori are the two long-time pillars of the team, while Cossu has not played consistently this year. They have a bunch of good shooters from distance.

Predicting the lineup is particularly difficult. This is the final game of the season, so Pulga might give a chance to the players that haven’t been used a lot. Marco Silvestri should start on goal, for instance. They have also many players who are banged up, like Nene (thigh), Cabrera (knee), Murru (thigh), Ekdal (shoulder) who shouldn’t be able to partake to this game, while others, like Vecino and Pisano, might be called up.

Cagliari have used 4-3-1-2 the whole season, slightly modifying it into 4-3-3 at times, as Ibarbo and Sau can play as offensive wingers. Perico (or Pisano) or Avelar will be the fullbacks, who usually provide a good amount of crosses. Astori and Rossettini are the starters in the middle, but Oikomonou might have a chance.

Considering the limited number of players that are available, Dessena-Conti-Eriksson is the most likely midfielders’ trio. Eriksson has stepped up into that enforcer role in the middle after the departure of Nainggolan, of course not with the same quality. Ibraimi has started most of the recent games behind the strikers, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Adryan in the starting XI. Ibarbo, Sau and Pinilla battle for two spots upfront.

They don’t have a go-to-guy in the attack, but they share the task. Pinilla is their leading scorer with seven goals, followed by Sau (6), Nene (5), Conti and Ibarbo (4). The five assisted goals in the box have all come from different players. Conti has scored three free kick.

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    Munhuu_Juve May 17, 2014 at 10:10 am

    First! Hoping to see some actions from Quags and Vucinic since they are going to leave this summer.

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    JuventusBuffon May 17, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Just read that Alexis is only willing to come to Juve if and only if Conte stays.

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    Marc Dominic Zaroli May 17, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    “However, this takes nothing away from the forwards that were called. The statistics show they deserved it.”

    Wow osvaldo really is changing

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      Papilaya(John)™★★★ May 17, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      *Conte-effect

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      adp1974 May 17, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      he knows he’s on his last legs if he continues to be an ass and a bit of a bad boy wherever he goes .. can’t be punching teammates every year..

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    JuventusBuffon May 17, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Sanchez just scored the sickest volley against Atletico

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    30Scudetti May 17, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    There is no chance Alexis Sanchez comes to Juve after that goal he just scored vs Athletico. Especially if they hold on. However id break the bank for him.

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      DutchJuve May 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Thats bullshit. This goal aint gonna change what might already have happened.

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    DutchJuve May 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Sanchez. Hopefully our player next season!

    https://rutube.ru/video/bdfd71736f659bd439f36715b25dddcd/

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    DutchJuve May 17, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    I wont be able to watch the whole match due to my towns club playing 30 mins earlier for promotion to the Eredivisie. Will be watching when we recieve the trophy though. Can’t wait for that part. And still hoping for 100+ points.

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    tpick May 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    A little bit of fantasy football, we could have a team capable of winning the CL next season, seeing as some of these players are rumored.

    In:
    Hummels
    Sanchez
    Di Maria
    Coentrao
    Berardi/Gabbiadini

    Out:
    Pogba
    Immobile
    Vucinic
    Quagliarella
    Padoin

    3-5-2
    Hummels-Bonucci-Chiellini
    Licht-Vidal-Pirlo-Di Maria-Coentrao
    Sanchez-Tevez

    4-3-3
    Licht-Hummels-Chiellini-Coentrao
    Vidal-Pirlo-Marchisio
    Sanchez-Tevez-Di Maria

    That 4-3-3 would devastate Europe.

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      JanJuveNL May 17, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Shit that last XI would indeed be sick.

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        DutchJuve May 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm

        People are gonna kick me blind for saying this, but i would miss Bonucci. I want to become big with Bonucci – Chiellini as cb’s. Juve needs Italians.

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          JanJuveNL May 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm

          Well he’s still in the serie A line up, but yeah i get your point. It’s just that Hummels is a better version of Bonucci, with the same passing ability.

          Edit: we do need more Italians, in my fantasy Immobile would be one of them but it seems that even the most realistic of transfers don’t happen irl

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            DutchJuve May 17, 2014 at 7:38 pm

            I know Hummels is better than Bonucci, but still. I think Bonucci is a solid player who learns from his mistakes. Look at how he was a few years ago and how much he has grown now. I don’t know how much Hummels will cost but i figure he wont be cheap. I think we can use that money for other players as we already have a pretty solid defence. We do need a new LB though. But Licht – Bonucci – Chiellini is good enough for me.

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            Papilaya(John)™★★★ May 17, 2014 at 11:02 pm

            But getting Hummels wont necessarily kick Bonucci completely off, itll just a lot of quality to our depth. Plus, getting another top Cb will only motivate Bonucci further and perhaps push his growth and make him develop faster.

            He s had it pretty comfortable since Contes arrival. Theres no other defender challenging him for that “ball playing defender” role and thats what i believe leads to his lack of focus(at times), he probably subconsciously feels he could afford to make mistakes, and we cant have that.

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            DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

            Lets pay 70 million (todays values…) for Hummels to make Bonucci better then. We’ll just sell Hummels the season after. I would agree with getting a CB like Bonucci to make him focus better, but not for that kind of money.

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            JanJuveNL May 18, 2014 at 1:35 pm

            His market value is around 25m, in combination with Immobile there would be like 13m left and he’s only 25. I don’t think we really need him but if we’re letting Ciro go, why not take advantage of it.

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            DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm

            That’s true.

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            adp1974 May 18, 2014 at 9:35 pm

            why would hummels leave dortmund? where do these rumors come from?

            he’s already on one of the best teams in the world, one that is better than ours.

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            Papilaya(John)™★★★ May 19, 2014 at 12:47 am

            Just fanatsy talk yo

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          Marc Dominic Zaroli May 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm

          Yeah I wouldn’t take bonucci out of any line up tbh, he’s one of those players who’s heart is fully into it when he plays for juventus and those are rare to find

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            DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

            Exactly. He always tried 500% and like i said, he learns from his mistakes which is a very good thing to have.

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      adp1974 May 17, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      no more barzagli?

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        Marc Dominic Zaroli May 17, 2014 at 11:33 pm

        If any of the 3 are to be dropped it has to be him

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          adp1974 May 18, 2014 at 1:23 am

          yes, but he’s better than the other two.

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          adp1974 May 18, 2014 at 1:26 am

          chiellini has proved himself to be a massive liability in big games over the years, and its happened a few times.
          I’ve never been a big fan of his, he’s an ok defender obviously, but I for one have always found him to be overrated. Most non-Juventini would concur with me. As for Bonucci, I love him too but and nothing against him one bit, but defensively neither him or chiellini are as good as Barzagli..

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            Marc Dominic Zaroli May 18, 2014 at 9:31 am

            Chiellini is widely considered one of the top few defenders in the world so no I don’t think most non-juventini would agree with you tbh. I’ve never seen him be a liabilty in a big game either. Bonucci has his wtf moments nobody an argue there but he’s a sound defender and plays the ball better than any defender I’ve seen before. Barzagli has been brilliant but you can’t deny that this last season he has been disapointing, he’s had way too many slip ups and has been outpaced on a regular basis, 2 seasons ago I think all of could have agreed that bonucci would be the one of the 3 that would be dropped but not now, it would have to be barzagli

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            adp1974 May 18, 2014 at 9:29 pm

            fast, skilled teams exploit him largely because he’s uncoordinated and a bit of a train wreck … he’s a good defender, tough as nails and is awesome within the box .. he just makes key mistakes sometimes and crucial times.. good defender, bit overrated.

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            DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 11:58 am

            lol dude…… Chiellini is one of the best cb’s in the world. He times his tackles perfectly and is a rock in the defence. Didn’t Ibra have problems scoring goals against Chiellini over the years? Chiellini is rated as one of the best 5 cb’s in the world by neutral people, yet a fan is saying he’s overrated. This is stupid.

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            adp1974 May 18, 2014 at 9:33 pm

            oh please, picking who is a top 5 or top 10 or whatever, they’ll be different names on each list depending who you talk to … most of the idiots in england probably dont even know who he is cuz they;re so wrapped up in their own league .. dont be ridiculous.

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    DutchJuve May 17, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Atletico just won the Liga! I am so happy with this. Finally the Barcelona/Real Madrid streak has been broken. I really like this club, team and coach. Congrats Atleti!

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      Marc Dominic Zaroli May 17, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Shame their two best players will be at Chelsea next season.. It will be back to a 2 horse race i guess

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        Hanna May 17, 2014 at 9:50 pm

        and maybe Simeone will be out

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          RUDY ARIS May 18, 2014 at 6:41 am

          Simeone is a heck of a coach, I’d take him as our coach if Conte left.

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            DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 11:55 am

            Agreed. If we’re not going Italian, i would love him. He has what it takes.

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        adp1974 May 17, 2014 at 10:24 pm

        who besides diego costa?

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          Hanna May 17, 2014 at 11:32 pm

          Courtois

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          Marc Dominic Zaroli May 17, 2014 at 11:33 pm

          Courtois is owned by them

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    DutchJuve May 17, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Di Natale scored a hattrick in his last official match (i think). Freaking hero.

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    B1anconer0 May 17, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Reports saying that Conte signed an extension untill 2018. Nothing official yet though

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    RUDY ARIS May 18, 2014 at 6:40 am

    So after watching La Liga final it is clear that we are miles behind europes big teams. We are very predictable in our game plans. We will not have success in Europe for a long time unless Conte mixes up the teams style.

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      JuventusVidal May 18, 2014 at 9:05 am

      3-5-2 is very predictable. You can easily shut out the wide players since they are mostly defensive and there’s only one on each side. This forces us to push everything through the middle. We need to switch back to 4-3-3 in the CL

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        DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 11:54 am

        I actually think Conte will switch next season.

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    dinodelfino May 18, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Hope your all ok?….can’t wait to see gigi lift the trophy again!!!!!!!!!!!!!can anyone please help with a link?…cheers

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      JuventusBuffon May 18, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Stvstream.com , click stv flash 3. Cheers mate!

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        dinodelfino May 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm

        thanks bro,top man!

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          JuventusBuffon May 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm

          Glad to help man 🙂

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    JuventusMalta1998 May 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    any links in english pls??? 🙂

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    JuventusBuffon May 18, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    PIRLOOOOOOOOO

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    JuventusMalta1998 May 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    PIRLOOOOOOOOOO but how unlucky can the keeper get??? xD

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    JuventusBuffon May 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Before pirlo even took that, the keeper looked scared out of his shit lol.

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    JuventusBuffon May 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Nandoooooooooo

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    JuventusMalta1998 May 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    LLOLOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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    JuventusBuffon May 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Send him to Brazil!!!! Send him to Brazil!!!! Send him to Brazil!! Send him to Brazil!!!!

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    dinodelfino May 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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    DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Missed 2 goals already :s

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      JuventusBuffon May 18, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Make that 3….

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        DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 2:03 pm

        hehe 😀

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    DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Gigi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    There are like 7 people in the away stands… I really start to dislike Cagliari more and more.

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    JuventusMalta1998 May 18, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    HOLY SHIT MARCHISIO!!!!!!!!!!1

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    JuventusBuffon May 18, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Claudioooooooo

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    JuventusBuffon May 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    The legend Rubinho has entered, such a crucial player. Very vital lol

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      Marc Dominic Zaroli May 18, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Everyone needs a 3rd goalkeeper and as they go he is pretty awesome..

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        JuventusBuffon May 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm

        I guess so lol.

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      Hanna May 18, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      why joking about it? he’s a juve player like any other. Congrats Rubinho campione d’italia!!

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        Marc Dominic Zaroli May 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm

        He was trying to be funny but doesn’t realise its only cool to insult Padoin on this site..

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    DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Time for Juve!

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    DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    JUVE JUVE JUVE CAMPIONE D’ITALIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    dinodelfino May 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    link for the trophy lift?

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      JuventusVidal May 18, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      yea my stream ended too 🙁

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        dinodelfino May 18, 2014 at 3:06 pm

        im on cricfree….juve stream,try it dude

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    JuventusMalta1998 May 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    and roma lose again, leaving us with a 17 point lead on the top, wow, just wow

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      JuventusVidal May 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      i was just about to post that haha

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      DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Hoping for a more competitive league next season. With a few good transfers, Juve, Napoli, Roma, Inter, Milan, Fiorentina should all be able to compete right?

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        JuventusVidal May 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

        fiorentina need better defenders and gk. if they do that and manage to keep rossi and gomez fit, they can win the scudetto

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    Hanna May 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE CAMPIONE D’ITALIA!!!! i’m so proud

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    DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Stage is being set up. I can’t wait to see our players walk over it and receive the scudetto!

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      JuventusVidal May 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      do you have a link? mine closed again

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        DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm

        Sorry guys, i’m watching a paid stream. My brother has fox sports for eredivisie, but they have something going now for the summer that we can watch everything.

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      dinodelfino May 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      what link mate?

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    JuventusVidal May 18, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    found one dino!

    https://andressportvivo.blogspot.com/p/futblogandres0005.html

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    DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    PADOIN!!!! WE WOULD NOT HAVE WON THIS WITHOUT HIM! PADOIN CAMPIONE

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      Bianconeri_Archer_PH May 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      king forever

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      RUDY ARIS May 19, 2014 at 4:08 am

      one thing is certain, we would not have reached 102 points without Padoin, or as the the french call him, Padawan.

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    DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    no vidal 🙁

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      JuventusBuffon May 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      He’s there in spirit bro 🙂

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    DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    CONTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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    Bianconeri_Archer_PH May 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    wonder why conte’s wife is crying…

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      DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Because her husband is getting a standing ovation by 40 thousand people maybe?

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        Bianconeri_Archer_PH May 18, 2014 at 3:45 pm

        hope its not because its his last time being seen as the coach of juve

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          DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 3:46 pm

          If you wanna think that. For some people there always has to be something behind everything. How amazing do you think it is when 40000 people applaud for the person you’re married with? Ofcourse it’s possible, but who the fuck cares right now. We are champions now, Conte is our coach now and the rest is for the future.

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      JuventusVidal May 18, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      women smh. can never control their emotions 😛

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    JuventusBuffon May 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    CAMPIONI D’ITALIA!!!!!!!

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    JuventusVidal May 18, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    pirlo’s fk goal has been awarded as an og 🙁

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      JuventusBuffon May 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Fok dat shitttte……

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        dinodelfino May 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm

        nooooooooooooooo!

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    dinodelfino May 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    i cried when gigi lifted that trophy.JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE

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      Marc Dominic Zaroli May 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Manly tears!!

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        dinodelfino May 18, 2014 at 4:39 pm

        yes……i loved it dude

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          Marc Dominic Zaroli May 18, 2014 at 4:41 pm

          I missed it.. Grandmothers 90th. I mean come on great grandma could you not have though that through and held her in for an extra day?!!

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            dinodelfino May 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm

            bless her mate,and congrats!!!!…great day all round!

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            JuventusBuffon May 18, 2014 at 5:25 pm

            Well that’s 2 old ladies celebrating today 🙂

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            DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 5:29 pm

            She totally should have known her great grandson wants to watch Juve celebrate a scudetto 90 years later 😛

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            Marc Dominic Zaroli May 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm

            I know, right?!

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    Hanna May 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Evra to Juve?!

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      JanJuveNL May 18, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Yes, read that too. And no, don’t want that to happen

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    JuventusBuffon May 18, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    There’s a livestream on YouTube of the bus tour starting in about 30min.

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    Marc Dominic Zaroli May 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    https://www.football-italia.net/49357/juve-scudetto-party-cut-short

    Why do people always have to ruin it?!

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    JanJuveNL May 18, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Well atleast there are 3 stars on the bus

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    DutchJuve May 18, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    New thread on homepage guys