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Sunday November 11 2012
Juve can thank Inter

There were fears the Juventus spell was broken, but if anything Susy Campanale warns Inter have done them a favour by ending that 49-match unbeaten run.

Inter might end up regretting their 3-1 victory in Turin, for it could prove to be just the slap in the face that Juventus needed. After 49 games unbeaten, the Old Lady was looking complacent, arrogant and prepared only to do the bare minimum amount of work to get a result. This team had become the absolute antithesis of Antonio Conte’s vision. Not even a draw with Nordsjaelland, scraping a win against Bologna or robbing Catania of points were enough to shake them out of this self-imposed stupor. They’re awake now and boy did they need it!

The truth is that the defeat to Inter was the logical culmination of a journey Juve had been on for some time. After all, what made them so thrilling and unstoppable last season was their almost desperate hunger for success, eager to put their recent disasters behind them and embody the spirit of Conte screaming at them from the touchline. Recent performances were shoddy, half-hearted and doing no more than was necessary. They had become accustomed to being unbeatable and forgot how they put together that run in the first place. Juve weren’t the most skilful side last season, but they were easily the most determined, aggressive and hard-working.

I also don’t think it’s a coincidence that Juventus started losing their fire when assistant manager Angelo Alessio returned from suspension. A tactical advisor to Conte he may be, but Alessio is a quiet, gentle and frankly dull man. He’s not one to rattle the walls at half-time or shout orders during a difficult moment of a game. Massimo Carrera had far more of Conte’s spirit, leadership skills and ability to talk up the troops. Perhaps the setbacks prompted a reshuffle in the locker room with Carrera doing the team talks and Alessio fiddling about with a tactics board?

A 4-0 win over Nordsjaelland and 6-1 triumph in Pescara suggest Juve got the wake-up call they needed to stop the slide into mediocre complacency. That defeat to Inter may well end up being the best thing that could’ve happened to Juventus.

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Have your say...
What crap... I love the Juventino, think they've done something special here lol

What's with these constant Juve pandering articles...

This is Pescara, newly promoted, struggling and probably the poorest performing team in Serie A right now. Big achievement guys!!!

Clap. Clap.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 2:14am
Inter will regret beating juventus? There is no competition in the world where winning is not a good thing, and there is no club, coach, players or fans, especially that of inter, that feel they should have not beaten another team. Juventus' CL performance was their last chance at staying alive, so they would've have responses regardless. Even if it did wake Juve up, at least their out their getting co-efficient points for Italy. And Susy, when inter meet this renewed Juve, we'll show them again
on the 11th November, 2012 at 2:13am
It's what I said last week on Susy's Inter article, but my comment didn't get posted, and might not this time either. I said "Inter didn't win, Juve lost," and that's what people (Inter fans) were missing, that nuance of the result. And then I said, watch Juve now, they'll take the league again. And I'll say it again, watch them now. They might lose again, and that will be a good thing. Champions need to lose every now and then.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 2:12am

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