Juventus need Dybala and Costa to lead from the front starting at Udinese

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 01:45:00 PDT

Massimiliano Allegri defended the form of Paulo Dybala after the striker missed key penalties in recent weeks. It was last week that Italian media and this blog discussed Douglas Costa and his slow start at Juve, struggling to provide the decisive action required to make the impact expected. The player responded in the best way possible, scoring the goal against Lazio before delivering the winning assist against Sporting Lisbon to earn the precious three points in the Champions League.  Boasting speed and enviable technique, Costa had to come good at some point. Italian tactics are hard to integrate...

Juventus fall to 10th in Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:17:00 PDT

Mario Mandzukic helped Juventus to a victory over Sporting Lisbon. Juventus' narrow win over Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League came on the back of a home defeat to Lazio in Serie A. The Old Lady is not the force she once was. Click here to see which other clubs made Shaka Hislop's power rankings.

Selfless Mario Mandzukic rewarded by scoring late winner vs. Sporting

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:18:00 PDT

Mario Mandzukic's header in the 84th minute propelled Juventus past Sporting and secured all three points in Group D. Relive the best moments from Wednesday's Matchday 3 action in the Champions League. Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri says the only important thing about his side's narrow win over Sporting was the three points. It was tight and Juventus left it late but Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal to defeat Sporting Lisbon 2-1 and help Juve return to winning ways. Running several risks at the back, it wasn't long before Sporting took control of the game and began to threaten Juve, forcing the Italians into a bizarre mistake that led to an own goal. Showing fighting spirit, the Bianconeri pushed and equalised soon after but never looked in control of the game with the Portuguese side winning back possession...

Juventus need to break poor form vs. Sporting in Champions League

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 03:33:00 PDT

Massimiliano Allegri defended the form of Paulo Dybala after the striker missed key penalties in recent weeks. There is an air of familiarity about Juventus' latest crisis. Having dropped five points in the past two games and surrendered to their first defeat at home since Aug. 2015, is Massimiliano Allegri's team really the best in Italy? It's amazing how many times Juve find themselves depressed at the start of a season. The squad either struggle to win European matches, struggle to dominate league games or play such dull, hopeless football that followers once again to engage in the tired debate of why...

Paulo Dybala, Juve wilt under pressure in rare Serie A home defeat to Lazio

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:06:00 PDT

There were few positives to take away from Juventus' disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Lazio on Saturday. Juventus hadn't lost at home in Serie A in more than two years, but on Saturday Lazio became the first side in 783 days to inflict home defeat on them, winning 2-1 at the Allianz Stadium. With Miralem Pjanic unavailable and Paulo Dybala benched, Juve opted for a 4-3-3 formation, and it was Douglas Costa who opened the scoring with his first goal for his new club. However, after half-time, Lazio unleashed their potential and played with greater confidence. Playing an opponent susceptible to worrying...

Juventus will need collectiveness, patience against much-improved Lazio

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 03:36:00 PDT

The international break affords little rest for a few and much anxiety for the Italians who played for the national team, as the side have not disappointed as much as they have under current manager Gian Piero Ventura in some time. Yet with a place in the playoffs secured, the Juventus contingent must get back to thinking about Juve and the upcoming challenge against Lazio. A side that defeated them to lift the Supercoppa trophy, Simone Inzaghi's team have so far proved to be a potential challenger...

Derby della Madonnina, Juve vs. Lazio headline massive weekend in Serie A

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:20:00 PDT

Former AC Milan midfielder Demetrio Albertini has described the Milan derby as something special as they prepare to face Inter in Serie A. After Milan's loss to Roma, Gab Marcotti explains why it is crucial for the Rossoneri to finish in Serie A's top four. Five of the top six in Serie A clash this weekend in a series of matches, including the Milan derby, that promise to shake up the race for the Scudetto as well as the scramble for a place in next season's Champions League...  Inter vs. AC Milan AC Milan have won 10 of 13 games in all competitions this season, but Vincenzo Montella will not have slept easy over the international fortnight. Back-to-back defeats to Sampdoria and Roma in Serie A, with a scare against Rijeka in Europe between,...

Europe's unbeaten: The keys to Juventus' strong start

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 01:30:00 PDT

Paulo Dybala's goal-scoring has helped lift Juventus to an unbeaten start to the Serie A campaign. Across Europe's top leagues several sides have made unbeaten starts to the season, allowing them to race clear of domestic rivals and assume the role of early title favourites. For Juventus, the biggest factor has been Paulo Dybala. With the defence looking vulnerable and Gonzalo Higuain suffering from malaise, Juventus have had to rely on Dybala to ensure success and an impressive start to the season. Click here for more on Juventus' start and those of Europe's other top unbeaten clubs.

Transfer Talk: Are Juventus readying a move for Kevin Strootman?

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 01:37:00 PDT

Could Kevin Strootman be on his way to Juventus? Juventus are ready to make another move for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, once a target for Manchester United, Italian outlet Calciomercato says. For more on Strootman to Juventus, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Gianluigi Buffon excels during freestyle football showdown with Lisa Zimouche

Sun, 8 Oct 2017 07:00:00 PDT

He may have forged a stellar career using his hands, but Gianluigi Buffon has demonstrated that he's (almost) as skilled with his feet too. Indeed, the veteran Italy goalkeeper rattled through an impressive array of tricks and flicks during a brief kick-about with professional football freestyler Lisa Zimouche. The pair met in Paris, with Buffon just about managing to go toe-to-toe with Zimouche in the juggling stakes before getting himself nutmegged into oblivion. Playing with the legend BUFFON <î<ù@pumafootball #NewLevels ! pic.twitter.com/oTKWawrKOU&mdash; Lisa Zimouche (@Lisafreestyle) October 7, 2017 By captaining Italy in Friday's...

Where do Juventus rank among the best strikeforces in Europe?

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 01:01:00 PDT

Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain form what may be the best attack in Italy. For years Barcelona's "MSN" was considered the best strikeforce in Europe, then Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain this summer. Now who can be considered the best? Juventus: Mario Mandzukic, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala Boasting creativity, efficiency and intelligence, Juventus possess a frontline that most teams would covet. Click here to read more on the best strikeforces in Europe -- and to find out which Mark Ogden considers is the best.

Chelsea to buy Alex Sandro, Alexis Sanchez to appease Antonio Conte

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 05:59:00 PDT

Stewart Robson expected far more from Mesut Ozil during his time at Arsenal and does not expect him to sign a new contract. Deadline day has come and gone, and all the latest deals and potential deals can be found here, but there's plenty brewing in the market as clubs begin to look toward January. Chelsea plot Sandro, Sanchez double move Antonio Conte was evidently not content with Chelsea's strategy to help him retain the title and challenge in the Champions League, though a late flurry of signings right before the window close certainly helped. But the Mirror believes the Italian will be handed additional...

Power Rankings: Barcelona, PSG lead the way ahead of Manchester's big two

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 11:33:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Barcelona correspondent Samuel Marsden checks in from the Camp Nou after the club decided to play behind closed doors amid political tension in Catalonia. Stewart Robson and Alejandro Moreno examine the facets of Man City's game that have propelled them to the top of the table. The international break finds things "as you were" in Shaka Hislop's much-anticipated Top 10; Barca stay top, though their great rivals are rising. Dropping out: Porto. Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV! Shaka Hislop played for over 10 years in the Premier League and represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2006 World Cup. Watch him on ESPN FC TV!

Use of VAR again a talking point in Juventus' draw with Atalanta

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 09:01:00 PDT

Max Allegri's disappointment with the VAR system was evident in Juventus' draw with Atalanta. Atalanta and Juventus served up a cracking 2-2 draw and Max Allegri was angry at the final whistle. It probably had more to do with the fact that his team had missed a penalty and had let a two-goal lead slip away, but the headlines again were about VAR. Stephan Lichsteiner's elbow found Alejandro "Papu" Gomez in the build-up to Mario Mandzukic's goal. Referee Antonio Damato first let it stand, VAR asked him to review and he then overturned his decision, disallowing it. Damato's decision was correct...

Bernardeschi started brightly but faded alongside Juve in Atalanta draw

Sun, 1 Oct 2017 05:19:00 PDT

Paulo Dybala saw his penalty saved in the last 10 minutes, and Juventus settled for a draw vs. Atalanta. After going up 2-0 within the first half an hour of the game, Juventus ended up drawing 2-2 to Atalanta in a hotly contested match full of VAR controversy. Juventus were raring to go and played a fine technical game at the start, scoring two clever goals to take control of the match. However, Atalanta rarely surrender, and they played with determination to get back into the game, pouncing on a rare Gianluigi Buffon error to grab their first. With emotions riding high, Juventus thought they scored...

Juventus stay eighth in Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:35:00 PDT

Juventus claimed an emphatic derby victory over Torino. Despite facing relatively modest opponents, it was an important week for Juventus. Local derbies are never easy, while the win vs. Olympiakos secured The Old Lady her first UCL points of the campaign. Click here to see which other clubs made Shaka Hislop's power rankings.

Gonzalo Higuain gets 8/10 from bench as Juventus beat Olympiakos

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 04:18:00 PDT

Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic's second-half goals saw Juve past Olympiakos, who stifled the Italians much of the match. Juventus defeated Olympiakos 2-0 in a match that proved much harder than expected. Frustrating the Italians for more than 60 minutes, the Greek champions played with physicality, defensive discipline and great organisation, plugging gaps to thwart the talents of Juve's offensive line. It took Gonzalo Higuain's entry on the pitch in the second half to turn things around. Lifting the atmosphere around him with fans applauding his arrival, he grabbed a goal in the 69th minute and then linked with Paulo...

Juventus revitalised ahead of Olympiacos tie after derby win

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 01:16:00 PDT

A brace from Paulo Dybala led Juventus past 10-man Torino for a comfortable 4-0 derby win. Up until the Derby della Mole, Juventus' displays were concerning. So many of their players claimed last season's reinforcements had made the club better, yet few had seen any evidence of such claims. The defence looked, and remains, vulnerable. It seemed the side had to rely heavily on Paulo Dybala's magic. Struggling to play with any fluency or coordination, last season's balance looked lost forever. That is until the match against Torino. Right off the bat, the Bianconeri played with aggression,...

Gonzalo Higuain's demotion against Torino could be a concern for Juventus

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Gonzalo Higuain was dropped for Juventus' win over Torino. Another lights-out performance from Paulo Dybala -- and an equally impressive turn from Miralem Pjanic -- meant that Gonzalo Higuain's demotion to the bench in Juventus' 4-0 derby win over Torino was somewhat overshadowed. Juve played well, though the game was largely downhill for them after Daniele Baselli's red card halfway through the first half. Allegri said it was "normal" to rest a star (even a $100 million star like Higuain) when he wasn't in tip-top shape and there were plenty of fixtures...

Paulo Dybala nets brace but Miralem Pjanic runs the show vs. Torino

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:08:00 PDT

A brace from Paulo Dybala led Juventus past 10-man Torino for a comfortable 4-0 derby win. Dubbed Juventus' first real challenge of the season, Massimiliano Allegri's team started with determination and pace, pressing their opponents and showing all the ambition required to put Torino under pressure. It didn't take long before Paulo Dybala opened the scoring. Then Torino's frustration turned into indiscipline and they lost a man to a red card to allow Juventus to take full control of the match, eventually scoring four to earn their sixth consecutive Serie A win. Positives Boasting a wealth...

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