Leonardo Semplici admits “Empoli played better, especially in the first half,” so the 2-2 draw is “like a victory” for 10-man SPAL.
It was a thriller at the Stadio Mazza, as Empoli came back to lead 2-1 with a Rade Krunic screamer, but 10-man SPAL snatched a point.
Pasquale Schiattarella warns the next few rounds will be crucial for SPAL, starting from Empoli. “We’re facing sides on our level.”
SPAL hope to end their slide down the standings against an Empoli side who have won both games under new Coach Beppe Iachini.
Spal Coach Leonardo Semplici insists tomorrow’s Empoli game “represents the beginning of our season”.
The referees for Week 14 of Serie A have been announced, with Daniele Orsato assigned to Fiorentina-Juventus.
New FIGC President Gabriele Gravina warns Juventus, Roma and Udinese face punishment for anti-Neapolitan chants of “territorial discrimination.”
Leonardo Bonucci called Cristiano Ronaldo “the best in the world” and suggests Mario Mandzukic makes a fine Juventus captain.
SPAL Coach Leonardo Semplici told his players to “learn from the attitude of a champion” like Cristiano Ronaldo after the defeat to Juventus.
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Max Allegri praised Douglas Costa and Rodrigo Bentancur after Juventus beat SPAL, but “we need to think ahead to the next move” like Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s cushioned volley and a Mario Mandzukic tap-in gave Juventus the victory over SPAL, with Douglas Costa rattling the upright.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the first Juventus player to score nine goals in his opening 13 Serie A games since Pietro Anastasi in 1968-69.
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Juventus director Fabio Paratici said “only a madman” would doubt Cristiano Ronaldo, despite missing out on the Ballon d’Or.
Simone Missiroli urged SPAL to show “courage, determination and play with our philosophy of football” against Juventus.
Douglas Costa warns “everyone wants to beat Juventus” as they welcome struggling SPAL. “It is not going to be a simple match.”
Juventus bring Mattia Perin, Douglas Costa, Mario Mandzukic and Daniele Rugani back into the starting XI against SPAL.
Leonardo Semplici is confident SPAL “have the characteristics that can cause Juventus real problems” on Saturday.
Juventus are without Federico Bernardeschi, Sami Khedira and Emre Can for tomorrow’s game with SPAL.