While Allegri called the opening 45 minutes against Inter “one of our best performances of the season”, the Turin giants were made to suffer after the interval and succumbed to a Mauro Icardi equaliser. The Coach admitted they lost intensity and organisation as errors crept into their game.“That is hg在线棋牌something we need to work on,” he warned. Gianluigi Buffon notes he and his teammates “must remember that if it’s 1-0 then we need to keep our eyes open,” citing a swing from confidence to fear丰博棋牌 at the first sign of danger.
When Juventus suffered their second defeat of a record-breaking season under Antonio Conte last March, Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens were on target. Both are expected to start on Sunday and will be hoping to either exploit the space behind Juve’s fullbacks or pin them back to reduce the visitors’ attacking width.
It won’t be Scudetto defining, but Sunday will be important. Juventus know recent form and history in Naples is against them, but they have an opportunity to prove the slip-ups were blips on the radar and not an ongoing concern.
Marek Hamsik will look to shackle Andrea Pirlo as he’s done in the past, but with Marchisio playing well and Arturo Vidal showing signs of improvement, Juve will want to take control of the midfield and stifle a team which will be backed by a boisterous Stadio San Paolo crowd.
It’s the second meeting in a month between the rivals, Napoli triumphing in a remarkable Super Cup contest in Qatar before Christmas. Juventus stared victory in the face on three occasions, only for the Partenopei to fly home with additional carry-on luggage. They opened 2015 in similar fashion. Massimiliano Allegri’s team started well on Tuesday, but failed to capitalise and were punished.
These results have come amid a mixed phase. Juve have recorded one solitary win since the start of December in all competitions, drawing four and losing the Super Cup.大发赌场 It’s not exactly ideal preparation heading into what has proven their toughest away journey this millennium.
Still, Claudio Marchisio is not overly concerned with recent form. “We’re still there, ahead of everyone,” he told Sky. “We’re having a great season, and now there’s talk of Juve being in trouble because of two or three games where, sure, for the experience the team has we could have done better, but there’s no crisis, nor are we having difficulties.”
With Argentines prominent atop the scorers chart – occupying four of the top five positions – one striker is on either side here, both netting braces in Doha. Carlos Tevez grabbed his 11th of the League campaign against the Nerazzurri, hours after Gonzalo Higuain, nine goals, bagged a double at Cesena. “He’s a great striker who gives us something extra,” lauded injured Azzurri teammate Lorenzo Insigne. The sharpshooters are sure to come to the fore in a fixture which produces goals – the last scoreless encounter was in 1997.
An Alessandro Del Piero special gave the Old Lady a 2-1 win in September 2000, but there has been little joy since. Napoli have emerged victorious in six of nine encounters spread across Serie A, Serie B and the Coppa Italia since the pair renewed hostilities in 2006. Juventus have failed to win.
As the first half of the season draws to a close its penultimate weekend throws up two cracking fixtures. The Rome derby takes centre stage on Sunday afternoon as Roma aim to overtake Juventus at the top of the table. The Bianconeri have a chance to react in the evening away at fourth placed Napoli, for what Aurelio De Laurentiis has suggested is the true Derby d’Italia. There’s still a long way to go in the Scudetto race, but this could be one of its more interesting weekends.
Aside from Higuain there are others the Bianconeri must be wary of. New signing Manolo Gabbiadini is in line to make his debut, now back from suspension. He has already faced and scored against the champions this term, earning Sampdoria a 1-1 draw last month and behind Antonio Di Natale is the highest scoring Italian this term with seven goals. Gabbiadini says he is ready to net again.