Preview: Bianconeri keen to wrap up Scudetto race against a potentially tricky opponent
Juventus and Fiorentina have a long and contentious history dating back to the 1981-1982 season when the Viola saw a second half goal discounted against Cagliari, forcing them to have to settle for a 0-0 stalemate. Meanwhile, the Bianconeri went on to win their clash with Catanzaro thanks to Liam Brady's second half penalty and their 20th league title as a result.
Anyway, history lesson aside, the last time these two sides met was certainly a day that Fiorentina's tifosi will remember for a long time. Not only was it the first defeat Juventus had suffered all season but also it was the first time that La Vecchia Signoria had conceded four goals in one match under Antonio Conte's reign.
Preview: Milan look to pull off a big upset at the San Siro
AC Milan and Juventus are two of the most historic clubs in Italy. Apart from all of that history, both sides are currently heading in two very different directions.
Juventus are the reigning Serie A champions, and they look destined to win the title again. Antonio Conte’s side has an eight-point lead over AS Roma, but with 13 matches remaining, the visitors will not want to drop points at the San Siro.
Ricardo Montolivo believes that his side has what it takes to embarrass the league leaders, as they did in November of 2012.
Preview: Bianconeri poised to make it to the last 16 of the Europa League
After an embarrassing performance in the Champions League which saw them getting knocked out in the first round of the competition, the Old Lady will be hoping to make the most out of their participation in Europe’s second tier club competition.
The Italian league leaders will head into the second leg with a two goal advantage after goals from Pablo Osvaldo and Paul Pogba gave the Turin side a 2-0 win in the first leg.
Preview: Juve eyeing a strong performance after Champions League humiliation
The Bianconeri were sent packing from the Champions League after finishing behind Real Madrid and Galatasaray in the group stages and now find themselves competing in Europe’s second tier competition.
Even though Antonio Conte’s men have been the best side in Italy by a margin, currently leading second placed AS Roma by nine points, their performances in Champions League were weak and uninspiring which resulted in their eventual knockout.
Preview: Mazzarri keen to have a say in the Scudetto race
Internazionale’s chances of once again being champions of Italy might be the same as Stevenage’s chances of qualifying for Europe for next season but that does not mean that the Nerazzuri will not be having some say as to who wins this year’s Scudetto.
Although they have improved quite a lot under Walter Mazzarri, Inter are still far from a side in a position to fight for a top three place let alone mount a serious title assault.
"To win the Champions League, you need a budget of at least €300 million", Bayern Munich legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn stated to German publication Kicker when asked his opinion on what it takes for a side to lift European continental football's highest trophy.
He then went on to add that it was thanks to their lavish spending that saw Chelsea lift the trophy in 2012, the first in the club's history but conceded that "it doesn't make them any different than Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, or Bayern Munich".
Still, no one can dispute that since Chelsea's July 2003 takeover by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich that the Blues have not enjoyed an upswing in success, notably winning the league title three times (their first since the the 1954-1955 campaign).
Preview: Champions looking to respond after midweek defeat
The Old Lady suffered a 1-0 loss at the same stadium when Roma played host to Juventus in a Coppa Italia tie. A solitary goal from former Arsenal forward Gervinho subjected the bianconeri to only their second domestic defeat of the season.
Last time Antonio Conte’s men lost to an Italian side, they embarked on a 12 match unbeaten run and Juve will now return to “the Eternal City” hoping to bounce back from the defeat and in the process record their 13th straight win in the Serie A.
Preview: A mouthwatering match, worthy of a final
When you think of AS Roma taking on Juventus in the Coppa Italia, you would more than likely think it was a final. But unfortunately, one of these two sides will go out of the competition on Tuesday night at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
Rudi Garcia's side got through to the quaterfinals after they defeated Sampdoria just a week ago. An early goal from Torosidis was enough to see Roma through to the next round, where they will face a Juventus side that handed them their only defeat in Serie A this season.
Juventus had an easier path into the next round, as they brushed aside Avelino in the Round of 16. Three first half goals from Giovinco, Caceres and Quagliarella were enough to see off the the Serie B outfit.
Preview: Hosts looking for sixth consecutive win in all competitions
The bianconeri have been on a red hot streak having won all of their last five matches in all competitions. Following their European heartbreak which saw the Old Lady getting knocked out of the competition at the expense of Turkish side Galatasaray, Juventus have picked themselves up in exemplary manner and look destined to clinch their 30th league title by the end of the season.
Despite the fact that Juve have made it look rather easy with the comfortable eight point lead they hold over second placed AS Roma, summer signing Carlos Tevez has praised the competitiveness of the Italian league and has labelled it as the ‘toughest’ league in the world.
Juventus stronger than ever
Who so ever thought that Roma would be matching Juve blow for blow in the race for this season’s Scudetto will definitely have to reassess their stance after the events that transpired last night at the Juventus Stadium. When the biggest Scudetto challenge ends up with a 3-0 win for Juventus, it simply means that at present, there is not team in the country that can overcome Antonio Conte’s side that has been assembled to dominate Italian football for a few more years at least.
In the game against Roma, the Old Lady got her tactics right, was smarter and every member of the starting XI was aware of their responsibilities.
Preview: Giallorossi to show what they are made of
AS Roma begin the second half of their campaign with an unbeaten record. They are about to face their biggest test so far in the form of Juventus. The latter could open an eight-point gap at the top of the standings so the pressure is on the Giallorossi to claim a rare victory in Turin and remain in the race for the Scudetto.
“Juve are the team to beat in Italy and they are practically unbeatable because that's the way the system works in Italy,” AS Roma goalkeeper De Sanctis explained.
Entertainment is described in Merriam-Webster as “amusement or diversion provided especially by performers”.
According to this definition, entertainment can be measured by not just one but by several criteria as amusement or diversion can come in several forms.
However, a smaller, perhaps financially constrained, side contesting a historic name of the game does not provide the viewer with the same entertainment as two giants logging heads with each other. This is because, unless both sides are of similar caliber, the superior side tends to dominate or in other words, bully the smaller side.
Preview: Juve looking for success in domestic competition after European heartbreak
Despite still being a dominant force in Italy, reigning Serie A champions Juventus will definitely not be feeling on top of the world after their Champions League dreams went down the drain following a 1-0 defeat away to Galatasaray in the final game of the UCL group stages that extinguished their hopes of finally winning the top prize in European club football after a long time.
However, despite the recent disappointment, Antonio Conte’s side are still the most dominant side in Italy at the moment and would be looking to make sure that their dominance counts for something as they kick off their Coppa Italia campaign, a cup La Vecchia Signora would certainly be looking to lift by the end of the season.
Last season, Juventus marked their long-awaited return to the Champions League by surprising many thanks to their run all the way to the quarter-finals, where they bowed out after losing to eventual champions Bayern Munich 4-0 on aggregate. And considering how die Roten went on to bulldoze favourites Barcelona 7-0 in the next round, the Bianconeri’s defeat certainly wasn’t something that their fans could be entirely ashamed of.
One key thing that many observers noted that while the Turin giants had a pretty solid defensive outfit, their attack was often left wanting—something that certainly the team’s management also noted and attempted to remedy through the acquisitions of Fernando Llorente on a Bosman from Athletic Bilbao and Carlos Tevez from Manchester City. They also successfully offloaded Alessandro Matri, who had been largely disappointing during his time in the northern Italian city to AC Milan for a greater sum than they’d paid for the previously disgruntled and disillusioned Tevez.
Preview: Victory for either side will take them to the next round
In a winner takes all scenario, Galatasaray will host Juventus in the final round of games of the Champions League group stages. Only a win will guarantee qualification to the next round for either side, keeping in mind Copenhagen who are at level points with Galatasaray also play Real Madrid tonight.
A draw at Istanbul will favour the Danish side who by scoring an unlikely victory over Madrid can ensure qualification to the round of 16.
With Real Madrid through to the next round of the Champions League 2013/2014, it now remains to be seen which team joins the Spanish outfit in the last 16. Both Galatasaray and Juventus have a chance to finish second in Group B which initially seemed a straightforward one when the draws came out a few months back.
However, that has not been the case and following a few twists and turns, as things stand, the biggest match of tonight’s round of UCL match day 6 is Galatasaray vs Juventus. A win for the Turks will mean progression to the knockout phases while the Bianconeri need only a draw in order to secure qualification.
Preview: Juventus hoping to extend lead at the top
The Old Lady has taken advantage of Roma’s dip in form to extend their lead at the top to three points. Rudi Garcia’s men have drawn all of their last four matches, in contrast to Juventus who have recorded victories in all of their last four.
In their last outing against Udinese, the Turin club notched all three points courtesy of a goal in injury time from Spanish hit-man Fernando Llorente who has seemed to find his feet in Italy. The 28 year old found it difficult to break into the first team initially but goals in his last three Serie A outings have made him an integral member of the first team.
Preview: Bianconeri aiming to end the week on a high
Antonio Conte is one happy coach. Unlike Rafael Benitez and Max Allegri, his squad has been getting good and consistent results on all fronts since back to back defeats in late October—to Fiorientina in the Serie A and Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.
The Old Lady jumped a big hurdle in midweek by beating Copenhagen. They eventually finished the night above losers Galatasaray. In Europe, Juventus hold their destiny in their own hands. A draw on Matchday 6 could be enough to see them join Group B winners Real Madrid into the Round of 16.
Preview: Old Lady looking to replicate league form in Europe
It has been a tale of two competitions for Juventus so far, having done so well in the league outings the league leaders are rock bottom in Group B of the Champions League. The defending Italian champions are surprisingly winless in Europe this season, with their four matches resulting in three draws and a loss.
Their antics have now put them in a do or die situation. A win can put the Italian giants back in the fray for a possible qualification to the next round, but a loss will rule them out for a place in the last 16.