Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Marko Pjaca out for 4-6 weeks

Marko Pjaca out for 4-6 weeks through injury




I HATE INTERNATIONAL BREAKS!!!

Old Same Old Story... It's just two days after the last Seria A action for Juventus into the (grrrrrrrrrhhhhh) International break and it's already bad news for.

This time, Marko Pjaca...

According to reports, Juventus cute player Marko Pjaca will miss the races against Kosovo and Finland through injury to the fibula. The young Juventus striker will 4-6 weeks of action, but he is being evaluated.

The player should soon return to Turin to be subjected to thorough diagnostic evaluations by the Juventus medical staff.

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Saturday, October 01, 2016

Juventus squad for Empoli trip

Juventus squad for Empoli - Maximilliano Allegri - Juvelution


Juventus did enough to get back on track as they strung up three consecutive wins after a disappointing result at the San Siro. The Bianconeri are looking to get the job done before the break as they travel to Empoli in an early kick off. Daniel Rugani, Kwadwo Asamoah, Mhedi Benatia and Claudio Marchisio are all sidelined due to injuries, so will not be available for the trip.

Juventus squad for Empoli

Buffon

Chiellini

Pjanic

Khedira

Cuadrado

Higuain

Hernanes

Alex Sandro

Barzagli

Mandzukic

Lemina

Bonucci

Pjaca

Dybala

Dani Alves

Neto

Lichtsteiner

Sturaro

Audero

Evra

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Italy climb on UEFA rankings as Juventus and Napoli fly

Gonzalo Higuain and Paolo Dybala - Juvelution


After a convincing dispatch of Dinamo Zagreb in their 4-0 win on Tuesday's night, there's more good news, not just for Juventus, but for Italy at large.

Coupled with Napoli's 4-2 win over Benfica on Wednesday night Champions League match, Italy received a boost in UEFA rankings as Juventus move to fifth and Napoli to fifteenth.

The Bianconeri and now among the big guns in the Champions league in pursuit of the "Fab 4" namely, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Athletico Madrid.

Napoli, however, took a step forward by rising to 15th overtaking Bayern Leverkusen and Zenith St. Petersburg.

More good news could be on the way as Italian teams roll out in tonight's UEFA Europa League showdown with Sassuolo, AS Roma, Inter Milan as proud representatives.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Dinamo Zagreb vs Juventus Preview :  4-3-3?

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It's the UEFA Champions League and Juventus are hoping to get back on track as they face a not-so-familiar side, Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia. We have previously covered in our previous article, a quick matchup, stats and facts.

It's no doubt Marko Pjaca - or Piasa if you prefer the Italian romantic approach to calling the cute guy's name - will be most talked about by fans as the Croatian makes a first time return home and to the club who sold him to Juventus in the summer transfer window. While Piasa isn't the only player returning, Mario Mandzukic is one of the playerd who went through the ranks of the Croatian champions, Dinamo Zagreb.

The writing is on the wall, Max Allegri and his boys know that there is no room for errors. However the Juventus believes that expecting his team to win every match by 3-0 is an illusion, something I pretty much agree on:
But the thing I want to say is that everyone has this illusion that Juventus must win every game 3-0. I think though that Juventus must get our feet back on the ground and be practical and solid.

The fact is that to win games you have to work, sweat, toil and play well.

But good play goes independent of whether you win or lose a game, even if you win by five you have to improve if you played badly.

That’s the thing that bothers me most, because this illusion bring superficiality, and superficiality leads to errors.

The proof is on Saturday in Palermo… The team definitely didn’t have a good game, but I know that, we all know that, the lads first and foremost.
However he also stressed that Juventus must take home maximum points. Let’s take three points, then we’ll see [for the rest of the group] While everyone is roaring for an easy win, Marko Piasa understanding hinted that it won't be easy at Dinamo and traditionally won't celebrate if he scores against his old side.

It definitely won’t be a cakewalk in Zagreb. They have very talented players like [Ante] Coric, [Domagoj] Pavičić, [Ivan] Fiolić and [El Arabi Hillel] Soudani is a dangerous striker.

I’m expecting a very fiery atmosphere, because the organised supporters are back after a long strike.
If I score, I won’t celebrate

THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Which formation Allegri deploys: Juventus have been known in recent years for their customary 3-5-2 formation which depends on a three-man back line. But recently, Juventus have been plagued with a host of injuries while there are only three center backs left namely, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli after Mhedi Benatia and Daniele Rugani will miss out for a couple of weeks through injuries.

There is a possibility that Max Allegri deploys a four-man backline as opposed to speculations that he'd stick to his 3-5-2. Formations have been the most talked about changes to this Juventus side and a whole lot of criticisms have been based on Allegri's decision to stick to 3-5-2.

He revealed in his Press conference that the trio of Khedira-Hernanes-Pjanic will be presented in the midfield. With Pjaca and Dybala surprisingly rested in the narrow win against Palermo, I do believe that Max Allegri might shake things up and go for 4-3-3. We hope he does but he's the coach.

The impact of a fresh Dybala: The only thing the young lad is missing is a goal despite a lot of splendid performances. The deserved rest against Palermo may be all he needs to get back in goal scoring form.

Juventus grinta: If there's one thing Juventus have missed in their games, it's grinta which is arguably one of our best characteristics. Juventus needs a lot of it today to get the desired 3 points and an enthralling performance to make it worthwhile.

The midfield trio: Hernanes hasn't been in his best form since he joined Juventus. Even though I believe a lot of fans out there would trade him for Lord Simone Padoin's departure any time of the day, he has shown 30% of his full potential in the few minutes he has played this season, which is kind of an acceptable performance.

Sami Khedira brings solidity and a little drive in attack - just needs to stop wasting clear cut chances. A midfield trio of Hernanes, Khedira and Pjanic brings a lot of creativity and needed stability with it of they are playing on top form. This should provide the necessary service for the attack in order to create a lot of chances. We have noticed on several occasions in which Dybala had to drop deep in order to link the midfield to the attack which in turn brings him farther from goal.

A good performance from the trio is a sure bet for a convincing win.

MY STARTING ELEVEN

Juventus (4-3-3):

Buffon; Alves, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Hernanes, Pjanic; Dybala, Higuain, Pjaca;

Forza Juve!!!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Dinamo Zagreb vs Juventus Quick Facts and Stats

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After failing to see off Sevilla in their opening game, Juventus (Max Allegri in particular) has been faced with heavy criticisms. Then followed by the defeat to Inter Milan, their first in a long time. Max Allegri and his boys may have got back on track in their last couple of matches, but tomorrow night's Champions League match against Dinamo Zagreb brings them back under the nay sayers' radar.

Here are key facts before the match preview:

Dinamo Zagreb:

  1. The Croatian champions started their campaign with a 3-0 away defeat to French side Olympique Lyon

  2. Last season, Dinamo Zagreb beat Arsenal 2-1, making it their first victory on the first day of UEFA Champions League campaign since 16 years. They then lost the other two home games and the three other away games, coming last in the group.
  3. No team from the Croatian has gone past the group stages for the past five attempts. In fact, in all of 12 attempts in both UEFA Champions League and Europa League, they have never managed to go through the round.
  4. After a 1-1 home draw with FC Salzburg in the qualifying rounds, Dinamo Zagreb found themselves chasing the game in the 87th minute before Junior Fernandes scored the equalizer. They then went on to qualify on 2-1 aggregate after Suodani El Arabi secured the victory in extra time.
  5. Zagreb has not hosted an Italian team since the 1-0 victory over Parma in the second round of the 2000/01 UEFA cup, but lost on 2-1 aggregate. All of their 3 wins against Italian oppositions were all at home, in all of 17

Juventus:

  1. With the 0-0 draw versus Sevilla, the Bianconeri had one of those absolute meh start to the European campaign with their best chance of the match coming from Gonzalo Higuain who hit the woodwork. The rest of the match was watching how the Juventus team failed to break down the Justice League defense ...#BlameAllegri
  2. The 2014/15 runner up started their campaign with a 2-1 win over Manchester City, while the rest of their trips were ended in a draw against VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach and a bitter defeat against Sevilla, a result that left them in second place. They were then drawn with FC Bayern Munich...
  3. ... We all remembered what happened after that...#BlameAllegri
  4. The only other time Juventus faced a Croatian team was against KNK Rijeka in the 1979/80 Cup Winner's Cup which ended in a 0-0 draw (again?!!!). Fortunately, Juventus won 2-0 at home to qualify for the next round.

If there's ever any other person who still has faith in Max Allegri and his team like me, please throw in your predictions below... with Juventus the winner of the two of course...

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Juventus without Rugani and Asamoah for 7 weeks

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Juventus will be without Daniele Rugani and Kwadwo Asamoah for seven weeks. The pair limped off during last night's 1-0 victory over Palermo.

Rugani according to reports was diagnosed with a strained lateral ligament while Asamoah suffered a complete tear of the medial meniscus ligament.

I don't know much about these names but I believe it is too early for all these injuries.

Juventus have just recently lost Mehdi Benatia to injury after the defender limped off during a 2-1 loss to Inter Milan at the San Siro stadium. Claudio Marchisio is also on his way to recovery.

Paolo Dybala was rested in last night's tight win as the team prepare for Tuesday night's Champions League showdown.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Juventus announces squad for Parlemo

Leonardo Bonucci - Juventus squad versus Palermo -Juvelution


Thanks to a 4-0 victory over Cagliari last Sunday, Max Allegri finally got a very brief sleep with his windows opened. Two bad matches were enough to put the Juventus' coach credibility at stake, but a convincing show at the Juventus stadium versus new comers but a familiar face did a bit to prove that the Livorno native is a professional coach.

Juventus again will be looking to stay on track against Palermo and ahead of the Champions League showdown on Tuesday. Here is a list of the 22 players summoned by Allegri:

1 Buffon
3 Chiellini
5 Pjanic
6 Khedira
7 Cuadrado
9 Higuain
11 Hernanes
12 Alex Sandro
15 Barzagli
17 Mandzukic
18 Lemina
19 Bonucci
20 Pjaca
21 Dybala
22 Asamoah
23 Dani Alves
24 Rugani
25 Neto
26 Lichtsteiner
27 Sturaro
32 Audero
33 Evra

Leonardo Bonucci who didn't feature in the impressive win over Cagliari should be back in the starting lineup, while Gianluigi Buffon who was substituted due to a slight injury in back as expected. However, Mehdi Benatia's situation is currently being monitored.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Juventus vs Cagliari - Game Thread

Juventus vs Cagliari


After back-to-back disappointing results, Max Allegri has been the subject of criticisms and there have been so much talks about dumping the tested and trusted 3-5-2.

Max and his boys will be looking to put behind their recent bad results when newly-promoted Cagliari visits the Juventus stadium. If we look at the shape of things, in the midst of criticisms due their sub par performances, coupled with the fact that the current squad has a lot of potentials to take on the world, Juventus have what it takes to get the train back on track.

Many are expecting a change in formation but Max Allegri is in no mood to make a panic switch because of just one loss. He mentioned in his Press conference that he is going to be resting some players in order to give others more playing time. Tonight's match is the perfect time to shake things up. Although we might well witness a switch in formation in the second half, but who knows?

WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR

1. Getting those bad results behind them: Nothing better could send a signal of a comeback than a wonderful display tonight including a comfortable win.

2. Daniel Rugani's first start of the season: The young Italian is no doubt the future of Juventus, and this is one of those few opportunities he will get this season to prove himself, even though he has already...you never know - Allegri still hasn't proved himself to so many people even after winning titles

3. Dybala's search for his first goal: He need a goal to boost his confidence. Hope he gets one tonight

OFFICIAL LINEUP:

Juventus (3-5-2): Buffon; Rugani, Barzagli, Chiellini; Dani Alves, Hernanes Lemina, Pjanic, Alex Sandro; Higuain, Dybala.

Bench: Neto, Audero, Bonucci, Asamoah, Sturaro, Lichtsteiner, Cuadrado, Pjaca, Mandzukic.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Should Juventus Switch to 4-3-3?

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In football, a loss is bad, but it is not particularly evil - Olalekan Oladipupo


One must admit that Max Allegri has been a subject of criticisms in the last seven days. Most have been due to his recent selections, team formation, inability to teach the professional players at his disposal how to put the ball in the net, while some have gone far to question his abilities as a coach and his days as a football player... I made that up.

I have seen many comments, engaged in aguements and read a lot of sniped articles at him. Don't get me wrong, I am not defending him because I particularly love his way and style of play, or because of what he has achieved in his first two years as a Juventus coach. I am only showing one thing - and that is support. I believe you'll understand if you had witnessed the Alessio Secco years, when even Guardiola wouldn't be capable of winning the Trofeo Belusconi for Juve.

I had recently analyzed an article written by a football writer I respect so much, Adam Digby ( follow Adz77 on twitter - you'll never regret it) but then I came across another article from a blog/website I have been following (and a member of) since the theoffside days, where the writer was clamoring for a change in formation.

Again, I really don't like the 3-5-2 formation, as it makes Juventus look particularly untalented upfront, which is a wrong perception of this Juventus side. While a lot have been written about switching to a four-man back line and particularly, a front three, it is very important to look as some key aspects.

WHY 3-5-2?
The simple answer(s) is(are) -which ever way you count it: It is a proven system and it maximizes our resources (and full strength - punch me) while also having enough fire power on the bench.
While this is particularly obvious and the fact that many Juventus fans have got bored of the system (and winning Serie A almost every season like it's our last name) and importantly craving for the much coveted Champions League title.

Many formations have been suggested but I'll like to address one of them. NB: I am neither Allegri nor trying to take his place and most importantly, I am not a coach but a particular individual that studies the beautiful game and the factors revolving around a successful team.

SCRUTINIZING THE 4-3-3 FORMATION

In the article I was lucky to read, the writer(though said much about what almost every Juventus fan out there would agree on) mentioned that Juventus, last season had only four forwards unlike this season, with five and leaving three of Dybala, Higuain, Mandzukic, Pjaca and Cuadrado on the bench is a travesty and waste of talent.. While this is true, there are other important factors to consider.

Why 4-3-3 is only a short-term solution

While we currently have five forwards which is good, the question is how many natural wingers are among them?

Answer: Pjaca, Cuadrado and Dybala if played out of position.

Now, can we say two natural wingers are enough for a consistent 4-3-3 formation? Except you feel like adding Lord Simone Padoin but unfortunately he's cruising at Cagliari in case you haven't noticed.

What happens when injury comes?

What happens when they are not on top form?

Can they perform at their top level while we fight on all fronts?

Dybala and Higuain should never be left on the bench which leaves us with one other spot, less proven Pjaca (in intergration phase) or Cuadrado? Another problem is, Dybala will be played out wide pulling him further away from goal which suddenly doesn't look like a good idea.

4-3-3 is good, but it isn't a long term solution if really we want a switch from 3-5-2

From the little I have pointed out, I guess it makes more sense as to why Allegri, of all of us, is the better coach.

I may look unwilling to provide a better solution, probably because I believe the addition of Domenico Berardi would have given us the right cause to change.

Do you still believe that Juventus should switch to 4-3-3 at all cost or you have a much better solution (awaiting scrutiny from me)?

Please drop them in the comment section below.

Forza Juve

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Game Time: Inter Milan vs Juventus

Inter Milan vs Juventus


It's the Derby d'Italia and we'll be underway in a couple of minutes.

Juventus look to continue their fine start to the season as they play Inter Milan in the San Siro stadium in one of the most heated rivalries in Italy.

Max Allegri made three changes to the starting lineup. Mehdi Benatia gets the nod over Andrea Barzagli, Miralem Pjanic started this time as a regista while surprisingly, Mario Mandzukic is given a spot ahead of Gonzalo Higuain.

THE OFFICIAL LINEUP :

Juventus XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Benatia, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichsteiner, Khedira, Pjanic, Asamoah, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Mandzukic.

Bench: 25 Neto, 32 Audero, 7 Cuadrado, 9 Higuain, 11 Hernanes, 15 Barzagli, 18 Lemina, 20 Pjaca, 23 Dani Alves, 24 Rugani, 33 Evra.

Forza Juve!!!

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Inter Milan vs Juventus Match Preview

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This match comes off after a disappointing result on Wednesday's Champions League match in Turin. Many fans still haven't got over it and Max Allegri's side finally gets their chance to right their wrongs.

The Derby d'Italia has always got some heat with it. Arguably one of the most heated rivalries in the history of football where recent results don't count, or where and when they face each other. Each side always has something to prove.

However, one should not overlook the key differences between the teams. Juventus have done well getting maximum points from their three opening matches so far. Fighting off Fiorentins's resistance in a 2-1 victory, containing Lazio in a close 1-0 win and dispatching a dangerous Sassuolo side in a first half blitz ending 3-1.

Inter Milan on the other side lie currently in the 10th place after amassing just four points in their opening three matches against bottom place sides.

Judging from the key difference, it's save to say that Juventus can do more damage to an already unimpressive Inter Milan side, if they convert their chances well enough.

THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR

1. A more focused Juventus side: The disappointing results against Sevilla was a heavy blow. Juventus spent a lot in the summer in order to build a squad capable of competing with the big boys, and a draw with a Sevilla side who lost their coach and a host of key players in the transfer window was the least everyone expected. It's not like the boys didn't create chances at all, they just failed to make enough out of them.

However, a focused and determined Juventus side will do a lot of damage to Inter Milan and get all three points. Inter Milan's recent tactics have exposed a lot of weaknesses in their full backs, Juventus can do well to take advantage of them.

2. How the Juventus defense will contain Mauro Icardi: Mauro Icardi has scored all of Inter Milan's three goals this season and coupled with the fact that he's always scored against Juventus, it is very important that the defense keeps him at bay. Shutting him out is a sure bet that Inter Milan will not be able to produce any attacking threat from their side.

3. If and where Pjanic plays: Miralem Pjanic's exclusion on Wednesday's starting lineup is one of the reasons why Max Allegri was solely blamed for the disappointing result. His first official match came last weekend against Sassuolo and we all saw how good he looked. We have no reason to think he won't be in the starting lineup this time although we all thought the same on Wednesday's night.

4. Can Paolo Dybala break his goal-scoring duck tonight?: The young Argentine is one of the brightest in the Juventus team. He hasn't failed to deliver a good performance this season on any occasion. But there's only one thing missing, a goal. With all the fouls and hooks from the back, Paolo Dybala has been a pivot in the Juventus lineup, linking the midfield to the attack and many times dropping back deep helping the defense.

We hope he gets a goal tonight so we can have one of those Dybala moments and a happy face on his girlfriend. Yay!!!

Paolo Dybala girlfriend and mother


5. Moah goals from Gonzalo Higuain

MY STARTING LINEUP

Juventus (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Litchsteiner, Khedira, Lemina, Pjanic, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Higuain;

Forza Juve!!!

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Juventus lackluster display was not all Allegri

Gonzalo Higuain Pjanic  Paolo Dybala Juventus

Juventus piss poor performance brought utter scrutiny from various football pundits as well as fans all over Europe. They have been touted as one of the favorites after spending so much to improve their squad in order to compete with Europe's best.

Most of the blames are directed at Max Allegri tactical choice of leaving Miralem Pjanic on the bench in such crucial encounter.

One of the most revered football writers wrote in his recent article, why the Juventus coach is to blame for the team's lackluster display.

Juventus are giants of Italy but must stop shrinking in Europe:

The only good thing we can take out of that game is the fact that Juventus had 16 shots

Despite the home side dominating for large portions of the match, it ended 0-0 on a frustrating evening for supporters of the Old Lady. Indeed, WhoScored.com statistics show she enjoyed 55.7 per cent of possession and took 16 shots to Sevilla’s total of three over the 90 minutes.


That chance, had it been converted could have been a compensation for the utter poor display, but the German international surprisingly fluffed it. He is not a striker, but these kind of chances count especially in Europe. That was the closest we could get in the first half.

After getting the better of the early exchanges, some wonderful play from Leonardo Bonucci and Paulo Dybala released Sami Khedira, but the German—who has already scored twice this term—could only hit a tame effort at goalkeeper Sergio Rico.

That excellent piece of play deserved better, but it was a standout moment in a game that was largely dull overall, as both teams struggled to create many clear-cut scoring opportunities.

Allegri may have fallen victim of mind games. Jorge Sampaolo claimed in his Press conference that they are here to attack Juventus, which may have prompted to field more defensive players in order to contain them. But he was wrong, if he actually fell for that.

It was clearly part of Sevilla’s game plan, coach Jorge Sampaoli setting his team up to frustrate the Bianconeri. It worked, as Juve’s attacks were continually rebuffed by a well-drilled wall of yellow shirts.

And why he made that choice:

Allegri explained his decision, telling Mediaset Premium (h/t Football Italia ) that he felt “Asamoah gave us something more when defending." But that mindset clearly hurt the Bianconeri here.

However, perhaps the omission of Pjanic was the most baffling, the former AS Roma star having made an excellent debut in the victory over Sassuolo on Saturday. That performance was discussed in a previous post, but there is little doubt the team sorely missed his incisive passing and creativity against Sevilla.

What is Juventus lacking?

What Juventus need is to begin to play in the proactive, aggressive manner they so often do in Serie A in Europe.

Allegri made the wrong tactical choice, but the players are also to be blamed for not burying those chances. Real Madrid weren't exceptional that same night, but they converted their chances and fought to the end. That's why they win in Europe.

Kudos to Adam Digby (@Adz77) for this interesting and clever article.

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