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In January and February, Juventus consolidated second place in Serie A and reached the Italian Cup semi-finals. After beating Genoa 2-0 in the last 16, the Bianconeri went on to face city rivals Torino in the quarter-finals. On December 23rd, a big Serie A match took place between Juve and Roma, where we won 1-0 - winner scored by former Roma player Medhi Benatia - then we won 3-1 over Verona. In the quarterfinals Juve beat Torino 2-0 and progressed to the semi-final against Atalanta. Continuing the way in the league, the Bianconeri won 1-0 against Cagliari in a hard-fought match, 1-0 with Genoa and 2-0 with Chievo Verona. In the first leg of the Coppa Italia semifinal, Juventus has the best in Atalanta's home: 1-0 for us with the return game to be played on February 28th. Then a record-breaking match: in the league Juventus beat Sassuolo 7-0, with goals from Alex Sandro, Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira's double and Gonzalo Higuaín's hat-trick. Then on February 9th we obtained three very important points, winning 2-0 against Fiorentina. Finally, on February 13th the Champions League returned, playing against Tottenham at the Allianz Stadium: after an initial Juventus lead of 2 goals (double by Pipita Higuaìn), we were pegged back by Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen in a match that finished 2-2. It was a pity to draw in a game that we were on our way to winning, but now our guys are going to put it all in the challenge back to Wembley, which will be played on March 7th. Last week we played the Derby della Mole in the league, at Torino's football stadium, where we won 1-0 thanks to a precious goal from Alex Sandro. Juventus continue to be second in the Serie A standings just a point behind Napoli, who continue to win and are making this an exciting title race. January and February were somewhat unlucky months - we lost a lot of players due to injury, starting with Paulo Dybala, injured against Cagliari, but now the Argentine is back on the pitch. Even our captain, Gianluigi Buffon, who recently turned 40, is back on the pitch. Juan Cuadrado, however, has been injured for more than a month with a groin problem and is still out but is about to return, as are Mario Mandzukic and Blaise Matuidi. Against Torino, there were two injured players: Higuain and Federico Bernardeschi. The former, a less serious ankle problem with a week's layoff. The latter a slightly more serious problem: he will be out for a few weeks and is at risk for the Champions League return challenge. Marko Pjaca, fully recovered at the end of December, was loaned to German team Schalke 04 until the end of the season, for 1.5 million euro. Juve are believed to still be monitoring Emre Can - at the beginning of January it was almost certain that the German midfielder should have arrived in June for about 4.5 million, but other clubs have been linked to the player, even if our club will not give up. It seems set for Dennis Praet of Sampdoria to join Juve 25 million, but the player will remain in Genoa until June and then could pass to the black and whites. Juve continue the Juventus Women project: our girls are very strong, so far they have played 14 games (between Championship and Italian Cup) and have won them all! Our Under 21 guys have left the Italian Cup and the Champions League, but they are in the running for the Championship. Meanwhile, a few days ago, the documentary about Juventus and the life of our players outside the field came out on Netflix. Juventus must now take care against Tottenham and put it all to pass the Champions League quarters, and stay competitive for the championship and Italian Cup! Now the hard part of the season is starting! Thank you to Leo from Daje Juve for this article. Follow them on Instagram by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this Juventus feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
November did not start in the best way for Juventus, but manager Massimiliano Allegri went for something radical - he inserted players like Douglas Costa, Medhi Benatia and Blaise Matuidi in the starting XI, while pulling the likes of Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro off the bench. This 'breakthrough' gave its positive signals, 3-0 against Crotone in the league, then a 1-0 victory in Naples in the big-match Napoli-Juve, decided by Gonzalo Higuain, who also had a broken hand. On December 5, Juventus qualified for the Champions League round of 16, beating Olympiacos 2-0 in Greece. In the last 16 we will play against Tottenham Hotspur, the first match will be at Allianz Stadium on February 13th, the return will be on March 7th at Wembley. Having beatem Napoli, Juve then had the chance to return to the top of the table - however, it finished 0-0 between Juve and Inter in Turin. In our last league match Juve won 3-0 against Bologna, with a splendid free kick by Miralem Pjanic, Mario Mandzukic's goal and Matuidi's first goal with Juventus. The Bianconeri are now second in the league, +1 on Inter. On Wednesday, Juve successfully navigated the Coppa Italia last-16 tie with Genoa and will now face city rivals Torino in the quarter-finals. The injury situation is on stand-by: Mandzukic has a calf injury, Mattia De Sciglio a thigh problem and Gianluigi Buffon a muscle strain, but they should have less serious problems than Benedikt Howedes. The German defender, who had made his debut with Juve against Crotone, has again a lesion of the rectus femoris and he should remain out for at least 2 more weeks. But there are also good news: Marko Pjaca returned to the squad list for Juventus-Bologna on the 17th day of Serie A after a 9-month layoff with a knee injury. Meanwhile, Juve are also moving forward in the football trasfer-market: Liverpool midfielder Emre Can will see his contract expire in June, and Juve's society may already have an agreement to sign him on a free. Mattia Caldara will arrive to Juventus in June once his loan with Atalanta finishes, while Leonardo Spinazzola could already arrive in January, given the possible departures of one between Kwadwo Asamoah and Alex Sandro. Dybala's situation is complicated: he had started very well, he had reached 10 goals in Serie A after a few games, then he had a drop in form. He changed his agent and now, according to newspapers, the Argentine’s manager would have offered him to Paris Saint Germain. Meanwhile, we are waiting to see the best of Dybala again because we need his magic! Thank you to Leo from Daje Juve for this article. Follow them on Instagram by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this Juventus feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
Juventus's summer transfer business ended with a reinforcement in midfield, Blaise Matuidi, who came from Paris Saint-Germain and chose number 14, and a defender, Benedikt Howedes, who came from Schalke 04 and chose shirt number 21. Following the closure of the transfer market, our competitive fixtures started: in the Italian Supercoppa final, Juve lost 3-2 to Lazio, with a Paulo Dybala brace not enough to win. Dybala, aka "La Joya" (the jewel), is playing his first season with the number 10 shirt. "It's an honour," Dybala, who started the season very well, told the press. Serie A started with Juve-Cagliari and finished 3-0 for us Bianconeri. Juve then won again in the next two league matches against Genoa and Chievo. Up next was the Champions League group stage, with Barcelona, Olympiacos and Sporting Lisbon in our group. The first game was in Catalonia, where Barca beat us 3-0. At Camp Nou, Mattia De Sciglio was injured and will be out for about 40 days. After that game we won the three successive league matches, against Sassuolo, Fiorentina and against Torino, once again proving Turin is a black and white! We then won our second CL match, a 2-0 victory over Olympiacos. On the 7th day of Serie A we draw 2-2 with Atalanta, goals by Federico Bernardeschi (first goal for Juve) and Gonzalo Higuain. At present, Napoli are top of the league table by two points. However, Dybala is top of the goalscoring charts with 10 goals. On October 14, we will head to the Allianz Stadium in Rome to face Lazio. Meanwhile, off the pitch, the authorities decided the future of our president, Andrea Agnelli. Andrea, accused of selling tickets for matches to 'mafioso' organisations, was banned for one year (disqualification), plus a 20,000 euro fine and a 300,000 euro fine for Juve. The Juve players who are currently injured are Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio, who will return shortly; Miralem Pjanic, who is to be evaluated; De Sciglio, Howedes, who should be available in a couple of weeks, and Marko Pjaca, who suffered an ACL injury in March and is on the mend - within a month we could see him at last. Juve are also expecting the return of Douglas Costa back to his best and, with the international break, he has time to rest. Our next goals are to return to the top of the league and progress in the Champions League! Thank you to Leo from Daje Juve for this article. Follow them on Instagram by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this Juventus feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
During the end of June and during all July, Juve focused on strengthening the squad in the transfer market. Some of our boys have been sold: Romagna, Cerri, Pasquato, Leali, Cassata. After the bad defeat in the Champions League final, Juve's goal was to get to that stage again as soon as possible. Beppe Marotta, the Juventus CEO, has signed Douglas Costa on loan for €6m from Bayern Munich, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny as Gianluigi Buffon's deputy for €12m, Mattia De Sciglio as a replacement for Dani Alves, who went to PSG, for another €12m and Federico Bernardeschi for £40m from Fiorentina. Costa chose shirt number 11, Szczesny number 23, Debril number 2 and Bernardeschi number 33. There was also a resounding sale - Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan for €40m. After seven years of Juve, the defender has decided for a change, due to his bad relations with the Juve environment. Juve now wants to further strengthen the team: they are thinking to recruit a defender instead of Bonucci, such as Caldara (already a Juve player, but on loan at Atalanta), Manolas, Garay, to a right-back (Cancelo, Spinazzola) because Chelsea is in press on Alex Sandro and above all a midfielder. N'Zonzi, Verratti, Locatelli: there are so many candidates in the middle of the field. While the coaches and directors thought of the market, players thought about playing: the Juve summer tour took place this year in America. We lost the first match against Barcelona 2-1 and won the next two matches, against PSG and Roma. Saturday there is a friendly against Tottenham and then Juve against Lazio in the Italian Supercup on August 13th. On July 26, the Serie A calendar was disrupted: our first game will be at our Allianz Stadium (which is no longer called Juventus Stadium due to a sponsorship) on August 19 against Cagliari. We are looking forward to enjoy the upcoming Juve season, and still waiting for some more good signings. Thank you to Leo from Daje Juve for this article. Follow them on Instagram by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this Juventus feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
May was a month full of joy and satisfaction for Juventus. Starting with the victory against AS Monaco in the Champions League semi-finals, Juve then beat Lazio in the Coppa Italia final, thanks to goals from Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves. At the Juventus Stadium, which will be named the "Allianz Stadium" from July due to a sponsorship deal, we celebrated the sixth consecutive league, the thirty-fifth of Juventus' history. After these victories we had a dream to crown: the Treble. And so we came to the Champions League final, played on Saturday 3 June against Real Madrid, but it ended in the worst of the ways. After a good first half from Juve, with Cristiano Ronaldo's opener cancelled out by a wonderful Mario Mandzukic goal, the second half was one-way traffic as Real put three more past the Bianconeri for a 4-1 defeat. We must thank our team who fought til the end and made it a legendary season. Other good news came in the form of Mandzukic renewing his contract until 2020 and also head coach Massimiliano Allegri also committing to the club for three more years, Alves, however, has reportedly given Juve an ultimatum in wanting a new deal until 2019, so this will need to be monitored. With the Italian national team Claudio Marchisio has suffered another injury, which does not seem to be serious, but will be checked. Now the transfer season begins and Juve will have to be careful to not lose their most valuable players such as Leonardo Bonucci, Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro, who many teams want. Meanwhile, we have already found an agreement with Sampdoria for Patrick Schick, a young, strong striker, for £25m. As second goalkeeper for next year, Juve is said to be interested in Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny, who was on loan at Roma, to whom we have already offered £4m a year. Perhaps next season will be Gianluigi Buffon's last and next year he will try to win what he didn't win this year. For next season we must to have a competitive team to get back stronger than before! Thank you to Leo from Daje Juve for this article. Follow them on Instagram by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this Juventus feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans.
What a month April has been - and May is going quite well too! On 5 April, Juventus qualified for the Coppa Italia final, despite losing 3-2 against Napoli in the second leg - a Gonzalo Higuain double on the night meant an aggregate win of 5-4. The Argentine then scored two goals in the next game, against Chievo Verona in Serie A, for a 2-0 win. And then came the best result of the month - a brace from Paulo Dybala and a goal from Giorgio Chiellini gave us a 3-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of our Champions League quarter-final. Back to league action and once again the Pipita Higuain strikes two goals for a 2-0 victory over Pescara and another step closer to the Scudetto. Then the Champions' return - would Barca do what they did against Paris Saint-Germain? No is the answer, a goalless draw at the Camp Nou putting the Bianconeri through 3-0 on aggregate. After the cup match, Juve beat Genoa 4-0 and drew with Atalanta to remain right on track for the title. Editor's note: The game against Genoa also saw Tom Gordon Savage - the man who, back in 1903, was responsible for Juve adopting the black and white shirts from Notts - honoured at the Juventus Stadium. To read the account of Andy Black, the man who made it possible, here are part 1 and part 2 of the article. In May, the impressive AS Monaco were put to the sword in both legs, Juve winning 2-0 and then 2-1 to reach the final in Cardiff, where Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid lie in wait on 3 June. At present, Juve are four points clear of Roma at the top of Serie A with two games to go, but attention turns to the Coppa Italia final tonight at 8pm against Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico - and we want to win our third in a row (and 12th overall)! Our Juve is also proposing a new contract to Mario Mandzukic until 2020, because Super Mario is playing really well, even though he has had physical problems lately. After the Roma game on Sunday 14 May, Daniele De Rossi said: "We (Roma) would win something, but, maybe in just a few years, we will understand that we are playing against a team (Juventus) who is writing the history of football." This month MVP was again Paulo Dybala. This month, Juve must be careful to not lose points in the championship and play well in the Coppa Italia final! We are still in competition on all three fronts! FORZA JUVE! Thank you to Leo from Daje Juve for this article. Follow them on Instagram by clicking here. Share your thoughts about this Juventus feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans.
With the season heading into the business end, March had plenty of chicanes for Juventus to navigate, but I'm glad to say we have done so successfully. We are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after beating Porto 1-0 at the Juventus Stadium, which completed a 3-0 aggregate win, and we will be hosting Barcelona tonight! In Serie A, we are still top of the table with 77 points from 31 games, with Roma six points behind. We only played three league games, claiming two wins (against AC Milan and Sampdoria) and a draw (against Udinese). April has so far brought us a win and a draw in Serie A, claiming a point at Napoli and getting a 2-0 win over Chievo. We also played Napoli in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, losing 3-2 to them in the second leg - Gonzalo Higuain scored our goals - but still reaching the final thanks to an aggregate win of 5-4. There weren't many games in April due to the international break, which brought us bad news as winger Marko Pjaca injured his knee in Croatia's friendly loss to Estonia. He suffered a torn cruciate ligament and external meniscus, which will see him out of action for about six months. But on the positive side, 19-year-old Boca Juniors midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur has completed his medical at Juve ahead of a € 9m summer move. The Under-20 Uruguay International is one of the most promising midfielders in the world so his signing is great for the club. In between the two Napoli games, Higuaìn spoke about his reasons for leaving the Partenopei and joining Juventus. He said: "I am happy with this choice because I reached a certain serenity, on and off the football. It was what I tried and I did. On a personal level, I feel I made the right step. " Our MVP for March is Juan Cuadrado. It was a positive month, but April will be even more important in the season of our Juve! Thank you to Leo from Daje Juve for this article. Follow them on Instagram by clicking here. Share your thoughts about how March went for Juventus on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans.