How Juventus fans will be feeling this weekend after Juventus win in Italy
How will Juventus fans be feeling on Saturday?
Will they be celebrating their 1-1 draw against Napoli or being reminded that a game in Rome means a game on the peninsula?
The answer is a bit of both.
Juventus are looking to extend their lead at the top of the Serie A table, and they’ll be looking for an unlikely source of satisfaction after being eliminated from the Champions League in the group stage.
It was a difficult run for the Nerazzurri, who were beaten by Sampdoria and Roma in their first two games, before finishing third in Group F.
After taking four points from their previous three games, they’ll want to go a step further and take the lead in the Champions Leagues’ last leg.
And that means they’ll need to find some kind of way of overcoming a 1-0 deficit against Napoleonic Juventus.
The result was a shocker, and the result was deserved, but the outcome was more than just that.
Juventus needed a goal to stay up.
And they needed a save to go up.
If they had scored a second, they would have gone on to secure the victory, with Sampdorp’s goalkeeper Andrea Dossi’s error giving away the win.
The second goal was a reminder of what’s come before, when the Nerazurri made an early start, and managed to get their best shot on target.
The goalkeeper had to make a good save to prevent the ball from hitting the back of the net, but it was too late.
The Nerazu made it 2-0 when Andrea Dassoli made a save after an Anthony Modeste shot from the edge of the box was deflected into the net by Lito Vunivalu.
In the third minute, Juve doubled their lead with an impressive move.
It’s difficult to say if it was a smart play, or just the result of the players who are used to seeing a lot of chances, but Andrea Dissi headed in a free kick that went in off the underside of the bar.
The keeper made no mistake to save the shot.
The fourth minute of stoppage time gave Juve another goal.
They had a shot on goal but it didn’t go in, and Juve were awarded a free-kick from the left side of the field.
Modeste headed it straight into the path of Alessandro Florenzi, who took it into the far corner and scored.
Juve have been in the spotlight for their defending this season.
They were knocked out of the Europa League in May.
That’s not something they should have taken lightly, but they have been forced to adapt to the demands of the competition.
Juve have defended well in the Europa, but have conceded the most goals in the league, with seven goals.
Juventi’s defense has been the subject of some criticism.
While it’s true that they conceded three times in the last two games (four of those were in the final three minutes), the goals are still too many to overcome.
Juventi have conceded more goals in Serie A this season than any other team.
It’s not like Juve are without any weaknesses, either.
Andrea Dessi is the only goalkeeper in Serie E with a higher save percentage this season, but he’s been on the field for only three matches.
The team have conceded a lot more crosses than any team in Serie B, and have a poor record in aerial duels.
Juventus have made three substitutions, and their defenders have conceded four.
Juventus’ defenders are also far from good.
They are one of the best in the world in terms of tackling, and in the tackle they concede the most shots, with 12.
Juvenil is the second team in the competition to have more players than the other team, after AC Milan.
Juvi will be looking to put the ball in the back and get goals in order to stay in the hunt for a Europa League spot, but their goalscoring ability won’t be enough.
It will be vital that they can keep up with the goals they are conceding, and create enough chances to give themselves a chance to win.
Juvia v Napoli, 8/23.