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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This late Rizzoli ref is another reason, why juve need to make a call for another rev, before d game.
They knew this guy (rizoli) were a reason of some controversy at juventus worldwide image. He made some bad decision that caused insults on juventus.He's d guy that invite mockers to mock juve as if juve really use d rev to win. Well,juve don't need rev's assist.
They knew what he did, n they still used him for a big match of juve, against a team as big as AC Milan. Why him AGAIN?

Results: he make bad decision. Again. Juve lost d game.

Imagine if d decisions is against milan. Juve would be called cheater again.
But this time, it happened against juve. It benefits milan. Did any one (who's no juve van) says that milan cheat? Helped by rev?
Well I think it's not necessary to accuse milan for that.
I believe rev got weakness. They's not "always right" computers.
So, I won't say milan cheat. As I also would like to ask all football fan (especially from italian serie-A club) to stop accusing juve as Cheater. It's rev error. Don't b hyperbolic when it helps juve, coz u guys don't say a word when it helps other team, especially your fav team.
on the 27th November, 2012 at 6:36am
@ Saj

"Thanks to our cheating, we've lost the 4th CL spot"

Do you actually know anything about Football?!

Italy lost the 4th spot because of Italian's disrespect & disregard of the Europa League... Not because of any scandal

Unfortunately UEFA (unfairly) take all European competition into account when it comes to allocating CL spots, and Italy has fallen down the rankings as a result of their Europa League standing over the last decade... you need to get your facts straight.
on the 13th November, 2012 at 9:20am
And some internisti still think they can mock juve for only 1win.
Juve beat d danish Nords 4-0,they said it's a win agains very weak team. Well, they qualified to b at champions league,n juve beat them by 4goals. Inter lost against atalanta,a team that don't even qualified for champions league,but u guys still mock juve like it never happened.
Being loyal supporters is good. But, cut off d mocking, especially when u r in improper situation to do so
on the 13th November, 2012 at 1:59am
@ JuveFanatico i agree with you and have said this as well inter fans go awfully quiet about their proven guilt over sporting fraud and as yet are still unpunished and i find it astounding how thick skinned they are with this matter Ive also said this before it could be argued that juventus are the only team to be punished by being demoted and the other teams got of light,@ inter fans ppl that live in glass houses should not throw stones your just as guilty.
on the 12th November, 2012 at 6:01pm

I have said this before & ill say it again, Inter deserved to beat Juve. Even though they got a soft at best penalty awarded to them. Still Inter won because they wanted it more. However If you truly believe that Juve lost us the 4th CL spot then you are the most fable person commenting on this blog. Inter were the clear cheaters who got away with Calciopoli. Never mind the fact that for years Italian clubs have thrown away the Europa league matches which ultimately cost us the 4th CL spot
on the 12th November, 2012 at 4:07pm
inter atalanta? a penalty that never was. this is how juve always win.
on the 12th November, 2012 at 2:14pm

The CL miss this year was a little blip and we will be back playing in it next season.

BTW, we have qualified from the Europa League group stage. You better pray that you guys qualify otherwise you will also end up in the EL.

Thanks to your cheating, we have lost the 4th CL spot.
on the 12th November, 2012 at 2:08pm
on the 12th November, 2012 at 1:19pm
Well Inter did not deserve to lose against Atalanta. Their goalkeeper had a really great game and Palacio should have done better with those chances.
We really do need Samuel and Ranocchia back soon as Silvestre is not stepping up to the mark.
Hopefully with Coutinho and Sneijder back soon, Strama will have more tactical options.
Having said the above, congrats to Atalanta for the win.
And I am really sick and tired of the talk of "when Conte will be back".......first get out of the CL group.
on the 12th November, 2012 at 11:38am
on the 12th November, 2012 at 9:45am
The words of Cyndi Lauper spring to mind when I think of Inter "I see your true colours shinning through" Haha, what a bunch of chokers!

Tutti voi Interista, salutate la Capolista

on the 12th November, 2012 at 7:39am
Interisti Logic : Well, that defeat against Atalanta means nothing for us. at least we are the team that slap Juventus at their stadium. HAHAHAHA

always said it from the first. if only their victory against Juve is like Little Scudetto for them then let it be because at the end they would still come with empty hands a.k.a ZERO TITULI!
on the 12th November, 2012 at 7:14am

"Dude, theyre both lame teams... After they play next 2 weeks games we will see.. in the mean time the most stable team is called Inter..."


Juve played bad vs inter, if they had not, Juve would trash inter just like last season, and yes conte still in the box + without killer striker.

on the 12th November, 2012 at 2:28am
All the inter's fans relax please, juve played bad and gottt really slapped hard. If they didn't play bad the outcome would be same like last year home and away victory over inter.

Glad now juve shows the hunger and determination just waiting for a skillful striker and juve will broke another record !

And one more thing thank you inter for losing to Atalanta hahahahahaha

on the 12th November, 2012 at 2:18am
Jeez the amount of kids in here. "Inter might end up regretting their victory in Turin" doesn't mean literally, it just emphasizes the effects to Juve tht the game had.

Juve looked alot sharper since, and although the article is premature it has valid points even against small clubs. Juve tend to suffer more to small clubs but we scored 10 goals in two games. Thats not just an average performance.
on the 12th November, 2012 at 1:51am
The biggest boost Juve will have is when Antonio Conte reruns.This is another week gone without the "Maestro" conducting the movement from the sidelines. A quality finisher is the final piece of the jigsaw-would Guiseppe Rossi be worth a thought-?
on the 11th November, 2012 at 10:45pm
We can also thank Inter for being typical Inter against Atalanta tonight, made me laugh and laugh and laugh
on the 11th November, 2012 at 10:06pm
Well Atalanta 3-2 Inter. Juve right back to a 4 point lead over Inter. Didn't last long all this pro Inter vibe. Over confidence much Inter? LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL. FORZA JUVE!!!!!!!!!!!!
on the 11th November, 2012 at 10:06pm
on a side note lolololololololololol @ itnter how funny is that i ask thats the difference juve might drop points against the big sides but they hardly ever against the average sides,i know Roma fans love him but in reality don't you think you should cash in on de rossi he isnt even that great hes ok but hes a dm and hes not exactly super skilled i said it before you should of took the money when it was on the table.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 9:45pm
Glad Santon is given a chance he has played well for newcastle. My squad would be. Buffon, Consigli, Viviano, Roncaglia, Chiellini, Barzagli, Ogbonna, Santon, Balzaretti, Cassani, Criscito, De rossi, Motta, Montolivo, Florenzi, Pirlo, Verratti, Marchisio, Insigne, Balotelli, Quagliarella, Osvaldo, Destro, El shahaway, di natale. Dont care about di natales age he is quality. No Astori,Bonucci, Maggio or Giovinco. Abate if he was fit. Ranocchia I dont rate. Why 4 goalkeepers again prandelli?
on the 11th November, 2012 at 7:57pm
I'm gutted after todays derby defeat. I feel so bad. Everything went against us. De Rossi has cost us dear. In the last 3 derbies a red card in each has cost us the match. We have to stay strong and fight for europe with everything we have. For once its not down to Zeman. Prandelli is driving me mad, where is consigli, Roncaglia and Quagliarella,its a joke. No de rossi yet osvaldo is there despite his red card in last match. Florenzi deserves a chance. Giovinco and Astori what a joke.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 7:43pm
I'm so upset after losing the derby today, everything went against us. The red cards in the last 3 derbies have cost us dear. For once I am not blamign Zeman. De Rossi what where you thinking. I'm gutted but we have to keep going and fight wiht everything we have. I think we where very unlucky with the goals we conceded today. Prandelli is driving me mad where is Consigli, Roncaglia ( who is great and should be in squad) and Quagliarella. Why is Giovinco there again and Astori my god.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 7:29pm
well in this case juve should lose more often as it seems to make everyone happy including their fans.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 7:29pm
Was there ever any doubt then? Juve are by far the strongest team in the lauge, 1 defeat wont change that. A Juve scudetto was and is still the by far most logical outcome of this Serie A season.

If they had a Cavani among their ranks, they could conquer Europe as well, if that kind of player arrives, I dont see anyone breaking their Serie A dominance.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 7:25pm
Did anyone think Juve would crumble from now on then??

They still have the best team in the league, 1 loss vs inter wont change that so a juve scudetto is and was always the most logical assumption.

If they had a Cavani as well I'd see them conquer Europe as well but without that topstriker Serie A is the max atm.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 7:18pm
the loss to inter did do juve some good it shook them up which they needed.juventus looked stale against them and although the last two games have been against weak teams juve did do things better they moved the ball a lot quicker and got the ball into the front two a lot still not convinced with the front two i think it should be guag and matri they look the best pairing and as i said before i would put gio out wide so he can get one on one and use hes pace cutting in.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 6:32pm
All these comments from interista only mean one thing, that deep down they all fear this article maybe right that inter might just have awaken the beast. Say what you want about the 2 teams they played but before that defeat Juve was not playing like the Juve we came to know under Conte. Now that they don't have that 49 match unbeaten streak to protect a huge weight is lifted off their shoulders and now that last season high pressing determined hungry Juventus form is back.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 6:19pm
Although Juve have been impressive since the Inter defeat, I think this article is slightly premature when you consider the quality of the opposition. With all due respect both games should be straight forward wins for any team that considers itself to be half decent. Wait until after the next 3 games before you start going mad for them again.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 5:36pm
Don't get your hops high, Lazio will teach u guys a lesson !!!
on the 11th November, 2012 at 4:16pm
The title race should be a lot more interesting this year, with teams like Napoli, Lazio and Fiorentina fully capable of beating anyone on their day.

Ultimately though, I think either Inter or Juve will claim the scudetto. Inter will NOT regret beating Juve, since it has given them the 3 points as well as strengthening them mentally. If the Nerazzurri can maintain consistency and grind out draws in tough games, they should be able to win the league. Juve are lacking a world-class striker.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 3:42pm

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