Club Focus – Juventus – Can they continue winning?

Finally Juve registered their first league win since early January and improvements in the team have been noted. The crowd went wild and jubilations rung around the Turin city and not even the dubious penalty decision could ruin the fun.

Alessandro Del Piero proved to the fans and his newborn son that he can still provide captivating moments of excellence, Martin Cáceres made a serious call for a permanent stay in Turin and Amauri finally learnt how to make use of his gigantic frame. The midfield seemed marginally more capable in passing the ball swiftly around, the team continued to search for goals even in the last few moments and a visible rise in confidence after the first goal was certainly obvious. However, despite the positives, Juventus suffered from individual mistakes when conceding and the same old problems are still visible. Many would say that the Old Lady was lucky to have escaped with all three points but at this point a bit of luck may go a long way.

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The team still suffered from periods of panic and they would frequently give the ball away cheaply. Momo Sissoko, who often goes to great lengths to win the ball, often ends up passing it straight back to the opposition in a manner that has typified this Juventus midfield. In addition to the panic, Alberto Zaccheroni still seems unsure as to how reinstate width back into this team. Watching the Bianconeri build play, you will often notice that they always go down the same route. One would assume that someone has put a gun to their head and demanded that they only penetrate the middle area just outside the box and slightly to the left. Diego is the guiltiest of always passing to whoever is closest to him, often to someone who may not be ideally positioned or who may be being tracked by a defender. Meanwhile the likes of Paolo De Ceglie and Cáceres were left unmarked on the flanks, well positioned and waiting for the ball whilst Amauri and Diego tried to penetrate the same congested area over and over again. The trequartista must learn to look around the pitch and pinpoint who has ample space around him to work the ball to the top. Currently, he lacks the vision to truly inspire the team. Meanwhile the moment Cáceres had the ball at his feet, he delivered a beautifully accurate cross to Amauri who headed in his first goal in what seemed to be forever, demonstrating just why the Uruguayan cannot be ignored on the right.

It is high time that this club began to win again and Zaccheroni must not get carried away. Despite the goals from both Amauri and Del Piero, these two should still be considered second string forwards and should take their place on the bench once the injured are recovered. Amauri is not a natural goal scorer and Del Piero’s age is still evident despite flashes of brilliance. The team still lacks pace and the fans are dying to watch their youth products contributing on the pitch. Bringing on Sebastian Giovinco in injury time can be deemed an insult and his presence would have been greatly appreciated simply for his ability to penetrate the wings. Claudio Marchisio’s arrival on the pitch somewhat lifted the team and perhaps the likes of Michele Paolucci and Giovinco should be allowed the same opportunity.

Now these whispers of cheating and conspiracy theories with relation to Juve must stop. Somehow the Bianconeri, who have been lingering around the bottom end of the top half of the table, have been repeatedly accused of cheating and been used as a mere scapegoat for the failures of other teams. Most recently, Napoli have insisted that their losses can be attributed to the Old Lady simply because she wants fourth place. Yet on Sunday night, it was the Southern team that was so awesomely let off the hook by the referee who should have awarded a penalty to Inter and effectively improved Juventus’ standings in the league, but Napoli were allowed the one point and have strangely halted all their conspiracy theory rumblings.

Was the penalty dubious? Of course and it is a shame that that particular incident allowed Juve the win. However, if we are ever to move on from Calciopoli and allow Italian football to once again be recognised as the best then everyone from players to Presidents need to stop crying out foul. “It’s not the first dubious incident that has happened with Juventus of late. If they must absolutely qualify for Europe, we should be told about it.” Genoa’s President, Enrico Preziosi, exclaimed. The Genovese President seems to have forgotten that Juventus had a goal wrongly disallowed and were forced to share the spoils with the Rossoblu in the reverse fixture despite the then rather controversial circumstances. Next time, let us hope the Bianconeri performance speaks for itself.

Juventus Club Focus 2009/10

Week 1


Great expectations
– August 21, 2009

Week 2


When in Rome
– August 28, 2009


The decline and fall of the Roman Empire
– September 1, 2009


World Champions – One in, one out, one remembered
– September 4, 2009

International week (Georgia-Italy, Italy-Bulgaria)


Children should be seen, not heard
– September 7, 2009

Week 3


Diego lost to injury in victorious Roman repeat
– September 15, 2009


The reserves exposed
– September 18, 2009

Week 4


Transforming the formation
– September 23, 2009

Week 5


The cruel blow of lady injustice
– September 25, 2009

Week 6


Haunted by the ghost of last year’s defence
– September 29, 2009


We’re meant to be happy with one point?
– October 2, 2009

Week 7


Is it now time to be negative?
– October 6, 2009


Ferrara: public enemy #1
– October 9, 2009


Bad or just misunderstood?
– October 13, 2009


Let the bitterness commence
– October 16, 2009

Week 8


Oh Ferrara, will you ever learn?
– October 20, 2009


Ferrara, thank you for listening
– October 23, 2009

Week 9


Sampdoria will provide the real test
– October 27, 2009


Introducing the real Juve
– October 30, 2009

Week 11


Why are we not surprised?
– November 3, 2009


The many faces of Juve
– November 6, 2009

Week 12


A team of hyperboles
– November 10, 2009

Week 13


And we’re back
– November 20, 2009


Del Piero returns as subordinate players give encouraging displays
– November 24, 2009


Failure reverberates throughout the club
– November 24, 2009

Week 14


Is it all over?
– December 1, 2009

Week 15


Oh Lord, make our enemies ridiculous
– December 4, 2009


Destroy Bayern and we will really start to believe
– December 8, 2009

Week 16


Humiliation is the beginning of sanctification or so they say
– December 11, 2009


Sanctification is going to have to wait
– December 15, 2009

Week 17


Deliver us from disgrace
– December 18, 2009


Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get up
– December 22, 2009

Winter Break


Less talk and more action
– December 29, 2009


Change is all we wanted for Christmas
– January 5, 2010

Week 18


Does this mean we have to keep him?
– January 8, 2010

Week 19


From the sublime to the ridiculous there is only one step, and Ferrara found it
– January 12, 2010


Maybe just maybe, Juve is back in business
– January 15, 2010

Week 20


We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope
– January 19, 2010

Week 21


Is John Elkann the real reason for Juventus’ failure?
– January 22, 2010


Another day, another defeat
– January 26, 2010

Week 22


A marginally better Juve
– February 2, 2010

Week 23


Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending
– February 5, 2010


The inescapable failure
– February 9, 2010

Week 24


Starting from stratch
– February 12, 2010


Can they continue winning?
– February 16, 2010

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