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Milan 0-0 Inter: Thoughts on the Nerazzurri

  Report from Tlalane Phahla – Follow her here on Twitter Rewind to December, Inter away at Salernitana was just a routine outing for the champions as they blew the Serie A minnows aside in a 5-0…

Malmo 0-3 Juve Player ratings

Tek – Thankfully wasn’t tested with any clear cut chances due to a very well organised rearguard. Positive to see him punching cleanly, and also coming out sharply to block an angle. A fresh start,…

Napoli 2-1 Juventus

Despite the one way traffic of the opening 20-25 minutes – with 6 corners conceded in just 11 minutes – I felt that we looked quite solid. That Max had got the shape right and…

Juve 0-1 Empoli

10-15 minutes of high pressing, positive football gave way to a deafening reminder of the mess we have been in for many months, perhaps a few years. Last weekend we played better, quite well for…

Udinese 2-2 Juventus – Haphazard season opener

What could have served as a solid, if unspectacular start to the new campaign, was transformed into disappointment as Polish keeper Szcesney threw away victory almost singlehandedly. And yet even with the promising signs in…

Solid start for La Nazionale

I refused to get too carried away before the opening game. Qualification has been impressive, no doubt. Mancini has developed a system and squad which functions well in every area and buzzes forward with a…

Solid start for La Nazionale

I refused to get too carried away before the opening game. Qualification has been impressive, no doubt. Mancini has developed a system and squad which functions well in every area and buzzes forward with a…

Bologna 1-4 Juve overview

On the final day of the season, Juve managed to produce a high level performance to crush Bologna 1-4, which due to Napoli’s failure to defeat Verona, raised us into champions league qualification at the…

Atalanta 1-2 Juve COPPA ITALIA FINAL REVIEW

One of our most solid performances of the season came at the right time…for the coppa italia at least. Both sides came out the blocks eager, with Atalanta doing most the offensive work in the…

Sassuolo 1-3 Juventus

A welcome result at a critical time which keeps us in the running for a top four spot with just two games remaining. It would be madness to suggest we merited the result on clear…

Juve 2-1 Napoli – Match Report

I was shocked to find the starting line-up announced. My mind confused, unable to make any sense in what appeared a proper formation absent of any players obviously out of position or expected to play…

TORINO 2-2 JUVENTUS Match Report

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result” PRE-MATCH Well, where to begin? Pretty much the entire build up to the Derby was negative, and…

Cagliari 1-3 Juventus 14/3/21 – Match Report

A decent first half showing with Ronaldo capitalizing on some appalling defending for a well taken hatrick and 0-3 lead at the break. Unfortunately, we emerged from the changing rooms lethargic, disjointed and were outplayed…

Juve 3-0 Spezia

After an hour of listless, uncoordinated failure to string even three passes together in the final third, Pirlo offered evidence that he may still have the solutions to the problems, even if the problems are…

Verona 1-1 Juventus

I am unsurprised to find the press asking more questions of Pirlo’s selection and system. They echo the bother a fair few of us have held since the season begun. Close to every game we…

Juventus 3-0 Crotone

A fairly business-like performance, spurning far more chances than we converted, saw us run out easy winners in the easiest fixture we will face this season. Ronaldo was in fine form, who we relied upon…

Juventus 0-0 Inter (Coppa Italia SF 2nd leg)

After a first half which saw Inter spurn a few good chances and Juve create very little, the home side settled in the second period, ran a few risks yet also made some openings of…

Inter 2-0 Juve – We were lucky…

No surprise to find us well beaten by a well built side who are far from an elite team but have a system which fits their natural talents, and are well trained to be cohesive…

Ac Milan 1-3 Juventus

In brief… Decent game to watch, with both sides eager and hungry. Chiesa seemed the star of the show till hooked off, and yet despite the concerns over the odd substitutions, Pirlo emerged a lucky…

Juventus 4-1 Udinese

It would be wrong to write that we laboured to the welcome 3 points, as this was a fairly comprehensive victory. Yet I would feel equally false if I were to surmise that this outing…

Benevento 1-1 Juventus – brief mutterings…

I judge a manager, whatever his level of experience, mainly on how many of our players are performing near their best. Since the start of the season I have seen perhaps 5 players operating regularly…

Speza 1-4 Juventus

Buffon – Little to do, but dealt with all but the deflected goal comfortably. 6 Bonucci – Fairly solid, showed good reading of the game and allowed no clear opportunities when faced with the counter…

Juventus 1-1 Verona Player Ratings

Szczeseny – Perhaps could have done better on the goal yet it was hit with some power. Distribution sloppy to poor throughout. 5.5 Bonucci – Held the rearguard line well enough though his whining irritates…

Dynamo Kiev 0 -2 Juventus (CL Player Ratings)

Szczesny – Only had one half serious save to make in the whole 93 minutes of game time, dealt with everything else with ease. 6 Chiellini – I expected to find Chiellini more injured than…

Pirlo debuts with 3-0 victory over Samp

How bizarre a feeling prior to the whistle was blown and first flurry of passes connected! Somehow unable to shake that ludicrous notion that the complete absence of any managerial experience could well lead to…

A victory for football…

Waking at 432am, stumbling and grumbling to the kitchen to avoid waking the mad pixie queen and her slumbering toddler, I was not exactly horrified or surprised, but certainly disheartened by the starting XI Max…

Ajax 1- 1 Juventus Champions League Match Review

Already exhausted from my endeavour in organising a day of street entertainment live in the city, rolling back the years and rushing around like a spritely youth, my steadily ageing mind and body wanted to…

Allegri Masterclass…

Whilst many are still reveling in the afterglow of Tuesday eve’s heroics – rightfully so – it seems a decent time to offer my first positive appraisal of Max and the direction of the side…

Reality bites…

I was remarking to myself, as we approached the 90th minute… “Well, its been a fairly even game…they have made 2-3 half chances, we have made 0…likely we lose points against Roma, maybe Inter in…

Juventus 2-2 Spurs Champions League Report

I managed a half, perhaps crooked smile when the draw was made for this tie. Not because I thought it was an easy glance in the right direction by Lady Luck, nor out of any…

We march on…Real Madrid 4 – 1 Juventus

I cannot recall much of the second half, and its probably for the best. So kindly excuse my lack of analysis of the specific moments and movements on the field which led to the defeat…

Atalanta 2-2 Juventus Player Ratings

Player Ratings Buffon – Could do little for either goal, other than which made a couple of comfortable saves. 5.5 Bonucci – Hardly noticed him, his mind (and body) was elsewhere. 5.5 Chiellini – Getting…

Roma 3-1 Juventus Match Report & Player Ratings

Player Ratings Buffon – At fault for the opener when the great man pushed away what could be caught, the ball falling to De Rossi who despatched for the equaliser on the second attempt. Had…

Monaco 0-2 Juventus Champions League Report

Player Ratings Buffon – Superb and faultless. Santo Buffon was in special form, making two top drawer saves, distributing the ball calmly and intelligently and organising his defence to perfection. The greatest keeper of all…

Juventus 3-1 Napoli – Coppa Italia Semi 1st leg

Player Ratings Neto – Other than the goal conceded, for which he had no chance, the Brazilian had not one proper save to make the entire game. Comfortable and impressive with his decision making and…

Porto 0 – 2 Juventus Champions League Roundup

Like many others, I was very much looking forward to this match. The first opportunity to test our new system outside of Serie A, against at least on paper, the strongest side we have faced…

Crotone 0-2 Juventus Match Review & Player Ratings

Our game in hand finally drew upon us, with a visit to struggling, surely condemned to relegation Crotone. Allegri stuck with the system yet made numerous changes to the starting XI. In came Alves, Rugani, Rincon,…

Sassuolo 0-2 Juventus Match Review and Player Ratings

Player Ratings Buffon – Fresh from celebrating his 39th birthday, Santo Buffon enjoyed the sunshine, offered an outlet at the back to help draw out the opposition and when called upon made a superb double…

Fiorentina 2-1 Juventus Match Review

Player Ratings Buffon – Was outfoxed for the opener but should have done much better for the second. Which was basically a long pass which didn’t exactly fly in, though it was moving; it bounced…

Juventus 3-0 Bologna Match Report and Player Ratings

It didn’t take long to ease past the concerns which come naturally after the Winter break. Had Higuain overdone the christmas pudding? Was Sturaro still wearing his Santa hat? Had Allegri refused to allow the…

Genoa 3-1 Juventus Match Report

Our heaviest defeat of the campaign, and one which whilst unexpected comes as no major surprise given the likely release of anxiety and tension born of the fine result in Spain mid-week. Why the devil…

Sevilla 1-3 Juventus Champions League Match Report

I despised Sevilla after our first encounter earlier this season. Not just Sampaoli’s face and psuedo menacing posturing in the tightest shirt of his wardrobe, but their typically Spanish theatrics. And so, despite our patched…

Juventus 3-0 Pescara Match Report

Player Ratings Neto – Untested, other than by one shot from range easily collected. N/A Bonucci – We had to play him, and he gave a solid showing as always, and most importantly avoided injury.…

Chievo 1-2 Juventus Match Review

Player Ratings Buffon – Largely untested, as is often the case, yet could do nothing with the penalty conceded and made a solid save from close range when called upon. 6.5 Barzagli – Horrid, and…

Juventus 1-1 Lyon Champions League Match Review

An entertaining match all round, with Lyon leaving Turin with a very hard fought and ultimately deserved point. A decent european night for the neutral, and the french, not so great for the fans in…

Juventus 2-1 Napoli Match Report

The match began with a confident, probing Napoli side eager to push us onto the back foot. Which wasn’t to be for whilst they were attacking in numbers, they were creating holes in the midfield…

Juventus 4-1 Sampdoria Match Report

Little time for an in depth report as many elements are hounding me for attention, one of them holding a pigs ear between his fangs and dropping it by my feet, goading me to try…

AC Milan 1-0 Juventus Match Report

As I noted to my english chum at work last week who was laughing at my bemoaning of Allegri chopping and changing and the complete lack of any semblance of identity or consistency – ‘We…

Juventus 2-1 Udinese Match Report

Those cursing the international break were to be proved right in their concerns, for after the travels, matches played in foreign lands and departure from what was developing into a steadily blossoming domestic momentum, Juve…

Empoli 0-3 Juventus Match Review

Player Ratings Buffon – Largely untested, though produced a couple of solid saves, commanded the box well and his distribution was calm and sensible. 6 Bonucci – A colossus. 7.5 Barzagli – Went about his…

Back on track : Juventus 4-0 Cagliari

After last Sunday’s horror-show against arch rivals Inter Milan we were fortunate to welcome Cagliari to Turin as sacrificial lambs to the slaughter to immediately remind ourselves that all is not lost. The Sardinians played…

Inter 2-1 Juventus…The End of the World Is Nigh

We witnessed the passion, belief and grit that was largely absent from the mid-week skirmishes on the European front, and ultimately a thoroughly deserved victory which could truly kick-start the season. Unfortunately, I am speaking…

Champions League Group stage Juventus 0 – 0 Seville

Our lead-up to this opening fixture of european competition was generally positive yet very much fragmented. Our victories had been deserved, with virtually zero threat of defeat, though we were clearly very much a work…

Bowing out with pride restored…

We went into this tournament far removed from the talked of favourites or even dark horses. ‘The worst Italy squad for 50 years’ people were saying and on paper, it was far from cruel or…

A solid beginning…Belgium 0-2 Italy

Whilst I have been consistent in my deflated appraisal of la nazionale in the lead up to the tournament – and perhaps offered Conte a lion share of my bitterness close to masquerading as legitimate…

Juventus 5 – 0 Sampdoria. Lambs to the Slaughter…

Despite the mathematical confirmation of our 34th scudetto arriving a few weeks back both fans and players deserved a spectacle to celebrate the wonderful achievement. And a spectacle we were given. With the coppa finale…

Juventus 3-0 Lazio – Almost there…

A few weeks back, I had this marked as one of the three fixtures where I saw a possibility of losing points. Napoli’s games against Inter and Roma were the parallel tricky ties for our…

AC Milan 1-2 Juventus Match Report

I had suspected we would face a sterner test than league positions and recent results would suggest. For games against AC Milan are always something separate, beyond and apart from the general run of the…

Juventus 1-0 Empoli…Room for improvement.

There is always hesitation vis-a-vis how we will fare after many of our players have been traveling long distance and adopting to different tactics with different players whilst others have been absent of any competitive…

Coppa Italia Final – AC Milan 0-1 Juventus

I’ve just had to watch the highlights to seek out anything I may have missed from the match from the first viewing. Hardly to relive the glory, although of course the one piece of quality…

Juventus 1-0 Roma…Topolini, never lupi. (26/1/16)

Facing our arch enemies from Rome, Allegri opted for arguably our strongest possible starting XI with the expected 3-5-2. Barzagli returned to the ranks after recovering from his latest muscular bother. The game struck a…

Sevilla 1-0 Juventus – All is not lost!

If there was one player who could put us to the sword and still leave me smiling, or rather, avoiding the eagerness to roar and smash the screen, it was Llorente. I have always liked…

Palermo 0-3 Juventus Serie A Player Ratings

NOVEMBER 30, 2015 Juventus dominated Palermo to win 3-0 with goals from Mandzukic, Sturaro and Zaza. Here’s our player ratings. Some positives, other than the result…No more injuries. Dominating defensively. Taking our chances. Other than…