THIRD TIME LUCKY

Juventus will be going into the new season as the champions, and they will be looking to repeat the feat for a third successive campaign. They could be one of the few teams who have managed to win the Italian Serie A title thrice in succession.

Aside from going for the league title, Antonio Conte has said that he also wants the club to do well in the Champions league as well. Recently, Juventus were announced as the biggest winners of the Champions League campaign last season because they collected more than £ 55 million in prize money.

This is even more than the eventual winners of the competition, Bayern Munich. This is due to the fact that only two teams managed to qualify for the group stages of the competition from Italy. Juventus have already brought in the likes of Carlos Tevez in the last few weeks to strengthen the squad. Conte has said on several occasions that he would like to bring in a top quality striker to the squad and this request has been fulfilled by the arrival of Tevez. The Argentine striker has been one of the best strikers in the world over the last seven years and he cost the club only around £ 10 million.

“It has been an intense pre-season so far, but it has certainly been excellent. We’ve worked very hard for 10 days, with double training sessions, and we are pleased with having achieved our target. We’re also very happy from the point of view that we haven’t suffered any injuries and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that continues,” said Conte.

Juventus were able to come out of the pre-season in the last 10 days without any major injuries, which was a major positive aspect for the manager who is already regarded as one of the best young managers in the world.

PREMIER AMBITIONS

Juventus manager Antonio Conte has said that he would one day like to manage in the Premier league. The Italian has led Juventus to back-to-back league titles and he is one of the revered managers in world football right now. The success that Juventus have achieved in recent years has been coming back to the club after almost a decade.

Conte is one of the most wanted managers in world football, and he has expressed his desire to manage a Premier league club one day. The 43-year-old, who represented Juventus as a midfielder for more than 400 matches, has said that he will find it difficult to leave Juventus at some stage in his career.

Conte has expressed his ambition to surpass the achievements of Fabio Capello’s Juventus, who managed to win back-to-back titles – although they were stripped of the club due to match fixing. Conte has a contract with Juventus until the summer of 2015, but there has been indications from the club that they would like to keep him at the club for much longer. Juventus managed to go unbeaten in the previous campaign, while they have suffered just five defeats this campaign. They managed to steal the title with three matches remaining in the season.

“It’s not a secret the fact that I would like to work abroad. I hope, in the future, to be a coach in the Premier League. I’m in the place I’ve always dreamt to be when I started my career as a manager. I’ve made my dream come true, we’ve won two consecutive titles, now the bar concerning our expectations is being raised exponentially.

I didn’t go abroad as as a football player. I would love to do it as a manager. I have this aspiration, as this would enable me to improve my professional career,” said Conte.

JUVE NOT AT THEIR BEST

Despite having a lead in the Italian Serie A table, the champions Juventus have not been at their best in recent weeks. This has allowed their rivals like Napoli and Inter Milan to close the gap at the top of the table.

Juventus have managed just two wins in the last five matches, which has allowed Napoli to come level on points with them. It was only a few weeks ago that Napoli were 10 points behind Juventus. The title seemed only a few months away from the cusp of the current champions, but this poor form has put the title race firmly back on.

Despite this poor run of form, the manager Antonio Conte has said that he is confident that Juventus can win the title. He has argued that the poor form of the team in recent weeks has just been down to the lack of luck. Conte has also pointed out to the fact that they still remain top of the table, while they have also qualified for the semifinals of the Coppa Italia and the last 16 stage of the Champions league. Juventus have brought in the former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka – a move that is expected to strengthen the attack, which has always been not at its best in recent years.

“Is it a difficult time for us? If I look at the table, then I’d say no. If I see we are through to the Champions League knockouts and reached the Coppa Italia semi-final, then I say no. We deserved more against Lazio, both home and away, despite the fact we used the Coppa to help players gain experience and get more playing time. A coach cannot just look at the result. It can happen that you try to give your all, but then concede two goals with the only real chances. I am not worried,” said Conte.

LIPPI BACKS JUVE

The former Italian national team manager Marcelo Lippi has praised the Juventus manager Antonio Conte by saying that he expects the current Italian champions to remain top of the table at the end of this season as well.

The manager recently returned to the Juventus dugout after serving a four-month ban after being found guilty of being involved in match fixing. The manager, though, has been one of the key members of the rival of Juventus into one of the top clubs in Italy once again. Juventus thought that their glory days of winning the Italian Serie A championship numerous times were over after their relegation in 2006.

However, Conte not only managed to get Juventus top of the table last season, but he did so by keeping the team undefeated through the entire season. Even though the undefeated run has recently come to an end, Juventus still remain top of the table this season. They also have a sizeable advantage of 10 points over the chasing pack, which makes them the clear favourites for the title once again. Ahead of the break in the Italian division during the Christmas period, Lippi has said that he expects Juventus to win the title again this season.

“Antonio Conte has brought back the ‘Juventus spirit’ and identity, a concept that people outside the club do not always understand. I am referring to the work ethic and ferocity in searching for results that represent the Juve DNA, but had been slightly lost in recent years. The comparisons with my Juve, or those of Fabio Capello and Giovanni Trapattoni, are understandable because we are all united by that culture,” said Marcelo Lippi. Juventus have already lost two matches this season, but the poor form shown by the likes of Inter Milan and AC Milan mean that they have not been challenged so far.

LUCIO SET TO LEAVE

The former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan defender Lucio has said that he is extremely keen on leaving the Italian club Juventus either in January or in the summer after falling down the pecking order. Lucio joined the Italian champions in the summer from Inter Milan, with whom he spent three successful years.

Prior to moving to Inter Milan, the Brazilian defender was one of the first choice players at Bayern Munich. He was extremely successful at the German club winning numerous Bundesliga titles amongst many trophies. However, his best period in the European football came in 2010 when he was an integral part of the Inter Milan team that won the treble under the guidance of José Mourinho.

The 34-year-old has now revealed that he is now considering leaving the Italian champions in the January transfer window. He has been picked for the first team by the manager for only three matches this season. He has also revealed that there are a number of clubs interested in securing his services. Due to the fact that he does not have a long time remaining in the game, he wants to maximise his chances of playing football. Hence, he wants to leave to a club where he can play regular first-team football.

“(Juve coach Antonio) Conte doesn’t pick me, so I want to leave. I’m not happy in Turin because I’m not playing. These have been some difficult months because the coach doesn’t consider picking me. I want to leave and find a club that will let me play. Wolfsburg? That would be a good opportunity. I spent a lot of great years in Germany. If I started talking about returning to Germany my children would get really excited,” said Lucio. Juventus are currently top of the table once again.

JUVE SMASH SIENA

Juventus has defeated Siena in a Serie A match played at Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi on Tuesday. Juventus won the match by a close margin of 2-1. This was the sixth victory for Juventus in the ongoing Serie A League.

Juventus is currently at no. 1 in the Serie A points table with 19 points in 7 matches. Out of the 7 matches that Juventus has played in the Serie A in the current season, it has won 6 and the remaining 1 ended in a draw.

On the other hand, this was the fifth defeat for Siena in the ongoing Serie A League. Siena has played 7 matches in the competition and hasn’t managed to gather all the three points in any of those matches. The team suffered defeat in five matches and the remaining two finished in the form of a draw. Siena is currently placed at no. 20 in the Serie A points table with only two points in seven games.

In the match against Siena, the Juventus team was off to a fantastic start. Andrea Pirlo took Juventus ahead in the 14th minute of the match. It was a low, angular shot by the Italian midfielder and the ball went straight into the right hand corner of the net.

Just before the half time break, Siena managed to equalize the scores. Emanuele Calaiowas was the one who scored the leveller for the hosts. It was an extremely powerful header and the Juventus goalkeeper had no chance of stopping the ball.

There were no goals scored in the first 40 minutes of the second half and it seemed that the match was going towards a draw. But, that didn’t happen. Juventus managed to get ahead with the goal of Claudio Marchisio just a few minutes before the end of the game.

The Siena team couldn’t find the net in the remaining time and suffered yet another defeat in the ongoing season.
Juventus will play its next match against Napoli on 20th of October at the Juventus Stadium.

HIGH HOPES IN SERIE A

The Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has said that the club does not only want to succeed in the Champions League this season and are looking to do well in all competitions. Juventus managed to lift the league title for the first time in nine seasons.

They even went unbeaten throughout the season, which was also a record for the current format of the Italian Serie A. As a result, many are predicting that the club will be focusing only on doing well in the Champions League this season, as they have spent a long time waiting to play in this competition.

It has been more than a decade since Juventus last won the Champions League. Even though the star midfielder Andrea Pirlo, who was influential in the success last season, has said that the club are desperate for success in the European competition, it would not prevent them from focussing on all competitions they participate. Pirlo has stressed that they would like to win the league title once more. Juventus have made a good start to the new season after they have won their first two matches of the Italian Serie A campaign. Pirlo has said that he hopes they will be able to repeat the success of last season.

“We enjoyed a great 2011-12 campaign and we’re looking to build on that. The club has had an excellent transfer campaign, which should enable us to challenge for silverware in all competitions. We have started the new season with the ambition to do well in all competitions,” Pirlo stated to Sky Sport Italia. Juventus started the new season with matches against Parma and Udinese. The 2-0 win over Parma was followed by a stunning 4-1 win over Udinese. Pirlo has stated that they would like to maintain the good start to the season.

SUAREZ NOT KEEN ON JUVE

Luis Suarez has prevented any speculation linking him with a move to Italian club Juventus by signing a new contract with Liverpool, according to the Liverpool news website. The 25-year-old Uruguay striker has been linked with Italian club Juventus throughout the summer.

It was thought that he has grown extremely frustrated with life in the United Kingdom after being constantly abused after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra. However, the 25-year-old has signed a new deal with the club that will see his wages increment numerous amounts to its present value of £ 120,000 per week. This makes Luis Suarez one of the high earners at the club.

Even though the striker had four years left on his existing deal, Liverpool were extremely keen to tie him on a long-term deal due to the interest from Juventus. After winning their first major title since 2003, Juventus are looking to revamp the squad in such a way that they will be able to challenge for the Champions League title this season. Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie have been two main target for the club in this transfer window. After signing a new contract, Luis Suarez has said that he is extremely delighted to extend his stay with Liverpool.

“To sign a new contract with Liverpool is unbelievable for me because I am so happy here at both the club and also in the city. That is important for me and I am very happy with my new contract. I am happy off the pitch because the people of Liverpool are good with me and my family. I try my best on the pitch and when you are happy off the pitch, you are happy on the pitch,” said the striker after the announcement of the new deal. Luis Suarez was eliminated from the London Olympics in the quarter-final stage.

SUPER CUP WIN

Juventus have won the Italian Super Cup, defeating Napoli in the final by 4-2. The result of the match couldn’t be decided in the first 90 minutes. So, the match was extended for the next 30 minutes. The players of Juventus played brilliantly in extra time and won the match convincingly.

Napoli took lead twice in the match, but, on both the occasions, Juventus leveled the score.

The Juventus players were on the attack right from the start of the match. The players of Napoli were looking under a bit of pressure. But, all of a sudden, Edinson Cavani got through the defense of Juventus and scored a fantastic goal in 27th minute of the match. The goalkeeper of Juventus, Gianluigi Buffon, tried to bounce the ball back into the play again, but, Cavani kicked the ball powerfully on the rebound and succeeded to beat the goal keeper this time around.

But, Napoli couldn’t maintain the lead for too long – they weren’t really expected to win the match, in spite of ebing named as one of James Richardson’s football betting tips prior to the match.

Juventus leveled the score in 37th minute when Kwadwo Asamoah scored a brilliant goal. This was the first goal of Asamoah for Juventus. He joined Juventus this season and he proved his utility in the team. But, Napoli took the lead for the second time in the 41st minute. Goran Pandev scored the second goal for Napoli. Gianluigi Buffon moved from his position and tried to make a save, but, Pandev kicked the ball over Buffon’s head and the ball went into the goal post.

In the second half, the Juventus players were trying hard to level the score and they succeeded in the 73rd minute when Vidal took the advantage of the penalty kick and Juventus came back in the match again. At the end of the second half, the scores were tied at 2-2, triggering extra-time, and causing a new flurry of fans to watch the live Football Online.

In the extra time, Christian Maggio of Napoli headed the ball in his own goal post by mistake and Juventus got up by 3-2. Four minutes later, Mirco Vucinic made the score 4-2 by capitalizing on a wonderful pass from Claudio Marchisio. Napoli wasn’t able to make a comeback after that and lost the match. In the later part of the second half, Pandev and Juan Zuniga were shown red cards by the referee and Napoli played with only nine players in the extra time.

JUVENTUS WANT JOVETIC

Juventus sporting director Beppe Marotta has said that he feels that Fiorentina midfielder Jovetic will be a great signing for the club. Juventus have been linked with the 22-year-old midfielder, who has been heavily linked with Premier league club Chelsea as well. However, it is thought that the Italian club will be the front-runners when it comes to the negotiations stage.

Juventus are the complete rebuilding stage after having just won the title. The club have stated in the last couple of weeks that reclaiming their lost position in the European front will be the main ambition of the club in this season. As a result, they have been looking at signing high profile players like Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.

The Dutchman has only one season left on his current contract, while he has already revealed that he will not be signing a new contract with the club. Juventus are thought to be the front-runners for his signature. However, Robin van Persie is not the only target they have in mind after the sporting director Beppe Marotta acknowledged their interest in the Fiorentina midfielder Stevan Jovetic. Even though Juventus won the title last season, their strikers were not exceptional when compared with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“Overall we have made available to Conte a good squad of players, we are happy with the new arrivals, but at this stage we are also considering other market opportunities. Jovetic? He’s a player at Fiorentina that we like, whose profile responds to what we are looking out for, for our objectives, but from here we will talk about transfers as they happen. That’s all I can say out of respect for Fiorentina,” said Beppe Marotta in a recent interview. Fiorentina have said that they will not consider selling Jovetic for less than € 30 million.