Conte should want to stay at Juve

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AllsportAntonio Conte has Juventus sitting on an eight-point lead over Roma in the Serie A title race.

Eight points separate Juventus from second-place Roma and in order to maintain the advantage, it’s imperative the Old Lady manage a win against relegation battlers, Bologna, on Saturday afternoon.

However, whilst the squad prepares, the journalists write. The latest talk surrounding the club involves coach Antonio Conte and whether or not he'll extend his contract with Juventus. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the tactician prefers to have one year left on his contact. Continue Reading...

Juve win easy to restore eight-point advantage

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Dino Panato/Getty ImagesSebastian Giovinco's opener kickstarted Juve's 2-0 win over Udinese.

Juventus manager Antonio Conte puffed out his chest and declared that the whole of Italy were against his side. Their success had made Juventus the most hated team in the peninsula and it was just how they liked it. Being the most hated means opponents play the match of their lives when the Bianconeri are in town making each game that bit harder. However, in Udinese, a 2-0 victory was achieved with ease to restore the eight-point gap over second-placed Roma.

- Report: Udinese 0-2 Juventus

It must truly be frustrating to watch the Old Lady in action if you're not a fan. Continue Reading...

Are Juventus ready for top European teams?

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Andrea Pirlo celebrates after scoring an early free kick against Lyon.GettyImagesAndrea Pirlo celebrates after scoring an early free kick against Lyon.

Juventus secured a 3-1 aggregate win over Lyon at home in Turin on Thursday night and the place in the Europa League semi-finals that comes with it. But their performances are not what one expects from a side perceived to be the favourites for the trophy. One-dimensional at times and lacking in energy and ideas, the Bianconeri were good enough to defeat their French opponents, but will they be good enough against better challengers?

It’s important to note that whilst the performance was not up to par, it is not right to criticise these players too harshly. Continue Reading...

Juve top Livorno to regain eight-point Serie A lead

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AP Photo/Massimo PincaFernando Llorente struck twice for Juventus on Monday night in their 2-0 win over Livorno.

One need only look at the manner in which Juventus General Director Beppe Marotta, club President Andrea Agnelli and former Juve star Pavel Nedved celebrated Juve's first goal to understand how important a win at home to Livorno is for a side chasing their third consecutive league title. Seemingly tired and up against sides desperate to produce a miracle, the Bianconeri continue to push forward, managing a 2-0 victory to safeguard their position at the top of the table.

- Report: Juventus 2-0 Livorno

Tactically, Livorno were worryingly poor. Continue Reading...

Inefficient Juventus find way past Lyon

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Leonardo Bonucci goal Lyon JuventusGettyImagesLeonardo Bonucci scored a late winner for Juventus at Lyon.

Lyon may have looked like an easy opponent on paper but there were still fears that Juve would suffer. Let's be honest, fans of the Old Lady haven't seen the club's best when it comes to European competitions.

Squandering chances, relying on the frustrating long ball, it all looked hopeless in the Stade de Gerland tonight until a vicious Leonardo Bonucci shot saw Juventus celebrate as the French mourned the 1-0 defeat.

This was hardly the most entertaining match of the season. Continue Reading...

Juventus must triumph against Lyon in the Europa League

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Antonio Conte GettyImagesAntonio Conte saw his side beaten 2-0 by Napoli on Sunday.

The last Italian side to feature in European competition, Juventus are the pride of the peninsula. Whilst they should be applauded for all they have done this season, this club really should be carrying the reputation of Calcio in the Champions League as opposed to the less prestigious competition that is the Europa League. Nonetheless, it is the Bianconeri's duty to defeat Lyon, their next opponent, and reach the next stage of the competition.

The Old Lady must have smiled when she realised she would be taking on Lyon rather than the likes of Sevilla and Porto, two European stalwarts the Italians were hoping to avoid. Continue Reading...

Napoli deserved winners against tired Juve

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Juventus have not lost a Serie A match since October 2013, but on Sunday night they deserved to lose to a tactically astute Napoli side that scored a 2-0 result to secure a home victory. Just as it looked like the Scudetto was virtually guaranteed, Roma need only a win on Wednesday to close down the gap at the top to eight points.

- Gladwell: Three things: Napoli vs. Juventus
- Report: Napoli 2-0 Juventus

While Napoli manager Rafa Benitez's tactics were questioned in the reverse fixture due to his decision to play a passive game that relied on counterattacking football, one can do nothing but applaud his team on Sunday night who played with intelligence, passion and with great intensity. Continue Reading...

Anticipating Napoli vs. Juventus

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Giuseppe Bellini/Getty ImagesNapoli need to find a partner for Raul Albiol on a suspect back line.

A match between the North and South, a game between two brilliant tacticians, Napoli vs. Juventus is the match between Italy's two best well-run clubs. Two teams capable of winning trophies, two sides with massive ambition.

Napoli are the example to follow in Italy. They boast an excellent brand, can count on a regularly full stadium, take European competition seriously, and only Udinese made a bigger profit in the 2012-13 season. Not only are they one of the most well-run clubs in Europe, but they're also a side that continues to raise interest in the Italian league. Continue Reading...

Juve break another record after securing 15 consecutive home wins

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Valerio Pennicino/Getty ImagesJuventus' players celebrate a record-breaking 15th consecutive home win.

Champions know how to suffer, champions know how to exploit and champions know how to grind out important victories. Juventus force one to indulge in hyperbole.

Not only have they broken a record by collecting 15 consecutive Serie A wins, but they are a team that suffered and toiled to inflict a 2-1 defeat on a Parma side that has not tasted a league loss since the reverse fixture in November.

Parma are having a tremendous season playing the type of football worthy of a place in Europe. Continue Reading...

Good enough was all that was needed to defeat Catania

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Maurizio Lagana/Getty ImagesA lone goal from Carlos Tevez was enough to give Juventus all three points at Catania.

Hardly a match but certainly a war, Carlos Tevez scored the only goal in Juve's 1-0 victory over bottom-placed Catania. There is no stopping this Old Lady who is forced to push on despite the reduced levels of energy from partaking in so many matches.

- Report: Catania 0-1 Juventus

Catania sit at the bottom of Serie A with little hope of escaping relegation. However, as with several other teams in the league, fans anticipate the matches against the big clubs and they don't come bigger than Juve. Continue Reading...

Eternally classy Pirlo secures Europa League progression

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Motivation is a tricky mistress. Big matches require a determined side willing to leave blood on the pitch, but excite the players too much and you risk sending them over the edge. With the Viola down to 10 men, Andrea Pirlo broke Florentine hearts with a masterful free-kick to snatch Juventus a quarter-final piece in the Europa League with a 1-0 victory.

- Report: Pirlo stunner sends Juve through

Fiorentina started the game with hunger in their bellies. Attacking with pace and pressing vehemently. Continue Reading...

Will Carlos Tevez end his European goal drought?

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AllsportCarlos Tevez must play with more awareness to end his European drought.

A real challenge awaits Juventus on Thursday evening in the Europa League. They will not only face a Fiorentina side who play beautiful football, but a city desperate to witness their downfall. The Viola already boast the advantage while Juve's only loss in Serie A this season came in the very stadium they will play in tomorrow.

Sadly for the Bianconeri, they are experiencing somewhat of a crisis at the back with several players out with injuries. Antonio Conte used this as an opportunity to underline the importance of rotation, suggesting that perhaps he should have done it more. Continue Reading...