There is something about Sampdoria, who are capable of beating any Italian team. Only two sides have won all their matches against Juventus this season, Bayern Munich and now, Sampdoria. "I'm like [Jupp] Heynckes? That's a blasphemous comparison!" Said Sampdoria coach Delio Rossi after he pulled off another shock, and whilst he displayed humility, the smile gave away that great feeling of satisfaction. Juventus were defeated 3-2 away at the Marassi, a ground they have failed to win at since 2006.
Having dwelled in a state of uncertainty, fans felt that familiar but unwanted feeling of fear. Antonio Conte has brought so much success to a club that many feared would never rise from the ashes, and now there was the fear that he might depart. Calciopoli had not only stripped Juventus of two Scudetti, but of their reputation. Those who arrived were simply unaware of the Juve philosophy, of the need to win and most importantly, how to conduct business the Bianconeri way. That is until, Conte arrived.
Cagliari stopped the dream, but Juventus still lifted a trophy to prove there's no greater team in Italy. Managing only a 1-1 draw at home on Saturday, the Old Lady can no longer reach 92 points and beat Fabio Capello's record. However, under Antonio Conte, it seems there's no such thing as dreams going unrealised. Should he stay in charge, Juve may well accumulate a record-breaking number of points in the years to come. Unfortunately, with little to play for, this was very much an end-of-season game especially in the first half.
It may not have been an aesthetically pleasing match but it was vintage Juventus in many ways. Grinding out the win is what the Old Lady is famous for and on Wednesday, the three points and the 1-0 victory was all that mattered against Atalanta. Tension was the only sensation to be felt inside the stadium. With crowd trouble outside in the streets prior to kickoff, the one-minute silence to honour the passing of former Italy Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, was marred by boos from all around the stadium.
Champions are winners and winners are ones who continue to seek challenges. Trophies are a must and records must be set. Acceptance is never to be accepted because there's always room to grow, to develop and to do better. Juventus may have won the title, but there's an opportunity to break a record now. The Old Lady must win her next three games to ensure she beats the record set by Fabio Capello and the challenge starts tomorrow against Atalanta. Antonio Conte is, as we have come to learn, the personification of success.
Juventus are the champions of Italy! Defensive solidity, attacking might, strength and consistency has seen the Bianconeri grab their second consecutive title win under coach Antonio Conte. Champions for the 31st time (29 officially, excluding the two they were stripped of due to match-fixing), the Old Lady was above and beyond every other side in Serie A this season. Defeating Palermo 1-0 at home, a less than stunning Juve side did all that was required to spark celebrations in the streets of Turin.
One point away from domestic success, Juventus have already begun to think about the transfer market. With trips to Germany as well as Madrid, Fabio Paratici and company will be coming to London next week to survey their options. The Old Lady may be the Queen of Serie A, but she needs heavy investment if she is to succeed in Europe. - Marchisio wants to end career with Juve Scouting youth is still the priority as Andrea Agnelli's Juve are determined to be recognised for their ability to nurture world-class talent as opposed to purchasing it.
Since the 1994/95 campaign, Torino have been searching for a victory against Juventus in this fixture. They hoped, on this occasion, that determination and defensive heart would impede their rivals in the Turin derby. Whilst Juventus were certainly contained for much of the 90 minutes, the fact that the Old Lady continues to play until the final whistle is the reason why she celebrated another victory on Sunday. And after winning 2-0 in her old stadium, she is one step closer to the Scudetto, needing only a draw against Palermo next week to celebrate domestic glory.
A derby is always anticipated, and the Derby della Mole is no exception. Despite the fact 41 points separate the sides from the same city in Serie A, when Torino host Juventus on Sunday night, they will be determined to play the game of their lives. However, thanks to Napoli's 3-0 win over Pescara Saturday, they will not be trying to avoid hosting a Scudetto party in their stadium. Even with a win, the Bianconeri will have to wait to be crowned domestic champions for the 29th time officially, or 31st if you're a Juventus fan.
According to the Kubler-Ross model, there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. After Juventus were knocked out of the Champions League, it seems they, or more accurately the fans, have yet to reach the fourth stage. Trapped in the land called ‘bargaining’, it seems everyone wishes they could have another go against the Bavarians, play another way and hope for another result. Despite the Germans demonstrating their superior strength against all the sides they have faced in the knockout stage of the competition, the Italians still believe that had they played their very best, they would have made an impact.
A lullaby match to mark the near end of the season, Juventus and Milan played a dull match in Turin in which they practiced the art of neutralising threats. With both sides looking defensively capable and neither desperately seeking a win, the match was decided by one error -- the penalty Marco Amelia conceded. Arturo Vidal converted to ensure that this season, Serie A matches between the duo have seen both sides fail to score from open play. Max Allegri's tactics were made abundantly clear from the start.
A game between two giants, Juventus will face Milan on Sunday night in Turin. Controversy reigns supreme when these two footballing sides face each other. Whether it be a phantom goal or a non-existent penalty, no team ever really wins this match -- referees will be mocked, criticisms will be aimed and tactics will be analysed at length. It may not be a derby but it is indeed the ideal match for the quiet conspiracy theorist within us all. - Juve bounce back from Europe woes The last time these two sides met in Serie A, Robinho scored the only goal in the San Siro from the penalty spot.