July 10, 2012
With Euro 2012 no longer satisfying our need for football during the barren summer months, attention progressively switches back to domestic matters. It's been an eventful summer for Juventus both on and off the field. New signings, allegations levelled at Antonio Conte and memorable performances from the Bianconeri contingent in Poland and Ukraine.
The 2012/13 season marks the beginning of a Scudetto defence, a season without Ale Del Piero, a season to follow up an unbeaten campaign. Juve have a real opportunity to begin a cycle of dominance, while the Old Lady will also take her place amongst Europe’s elite once more.
May 14, 2012
Champions + Unbeaten = Juventus. A simple mathematical formula describing the incredible season experienced by all connected with the Bianconeri. Expectations were modest ahead of the campaign, in what was tipped to be a season of transition under Antonio Conte. However, nine months and 38 games later, the Old Lady has returned to the top of Italian football looking impeccable without defeat. The story of the 2011-12 Serie A season will live long in the memory.
April 30, 2012
Sunday's 4-0 win at Novara made it eight consecutive victories for Juventus, and with just three games remaining this season, the Scudetto is well within grasp. While Milan faltered during the early weeks of April and handed the initiative to Antonio Conte's side, the Bianconeri have hit title-winning form just at the right time, and are now closing in on realising what appeared to be a mere dream at the beginning of the campaign.
April 9, 2012
'Volo Juve' (Gazzetta dello Sport). 'Juve Prima' (Corriere Dello Sport). Victory at Palermo on Saturday evening ensured the Bianconeri moved a point clear at the top of Serie A, as rivals Milan slipped up at home to Fiorentina. A convincing display in Sicily saw Juve grab back the initiative in the race for the Scudetto, while in stark contrast, the Rossoneri struggled. With Milan evidently jaded after their exploits in Barcelona, and counting the cost of key players absent through injury, Juve have been presented with the perfect opportunity to put their foot down and build on the momentum that is now with them.
March 26, 2012
Amidst all the inevitable talk of Calciopoli, the pre-match choreography and ‘we have 29 Scudetti’ chatter, the first Derby d’Italia at the Juventus Stadium was as tense, passionately contested and enthralling as any previous meeting. Goals from Martin Caceres and Alessandro Del Piero secured all three points for the Bianconeri, and heaped further misery on the old enemy.
March 12, 2012
'Sometimes in football you have to score goals'. Those are indeed the wise (comedic) words once uttered by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, almost as obvious a statement as that which describes the current situation at Juventus. Four consecutive league draws, six in their last seven games, and just six goals scored since the start of February, all of which has seen the Bianconeri surrender their lead and allow Milan to open up a four point gap at the top of Serie A. Surrounded by cries of injustice and media blackouts, bad luck is one thing, having an impotent strike-force is another.
February 26, 2012
It's as you were in the Scudetto race following Saturday night's stalemate at San Siro, with both sides feeling aggrieved having been denied a genuine goal apiece. Aside from a tense yet entertaining affair between Milan and Juventus, the controversy surrounding the decisions of the officials dominated the headlines in Sunday's newspapers. From Muntari's ‘phantom goal', to Matri's disallowed strike for an incorrect offside call, the Rossoneri remain a point ahead albeit having played a game more.
February 16, 2012
There is an old adage that stipulates a title winning campaign is largely based upon finding a way of winning games without necessarily playing great football. Back-to-back goalless draws have seen Juventus fall a point behind title rivals Milan, with a game in hand away at Bologna yet to be played. Despite dominating for large periods at the Tardini on Wednesday night, the Bianconeri were unable to convert chances into goals, thus giving Coach Antonio Conte the foundations on which to deliver a furious post-match rant. Is the pressure building?
January 30, 2012
'Snow and Udinese were not enough to put the brakes on this flying Juve side. Now Milan must try to keep pace with the Old Lady, as she continues her charge and gathers momentum'
Taken from Sunday's edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport, the quote above seemingly echoes the general consensus that the Scudetto race is rapidly becoming a two-sided affair. Having now broken free of Saturday night's opponents, opening up a six-point gap over third-placed Udinese, the Bianconeri's next task appears to be plotting an escape from the tireless hunt of Massimiliano Allegri's side.
January 19, 2012
January 2010, four points collected from a possible fifteen. January 2011, four points collected from a possible fifteen. January 2012, four points collected from a possible six. By this point, the reoccurring theme becomes apparent. With three games remaining this month, the Bianconeri will attempt to achieve something they have failed to do in the past two years, obtain more than four points in January. Following a disappointing home draw with Cagliari, coupled with an equally disappointing second-half performance, do Antonio Conte’s men risk coming close to repeating history?