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Roma have been grabbing all the headlines since the start of the season after managing to create a new record for the most number of wins at the start of the season. They managed to have 10 straight victories, which propelled them to the top of the table. Juventus, though, have been keeping pace with Roma, but they have not attracted much attention. They finally managed to assert their superiority in the Italian Serie A by managing a 3-0 win over title challengers Napoli. This home match was expected to be one of the biggest tests for Juventus, but they sailed through it with relative ease.
Andrea Pirlo was one of the scorers in the match. The 34-year-old is still an integral part of the Juventus despite his age. Fernando Llorente, who has been linked with a move away from the club, opened the scoring after just two minutes. Pirlo then doubled their advantage in the second half before former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba made sure Juventus had a great evening. This victory meant that Antonio Conte’s men have closed the gap on table leaders Roma to just one point. Juventus have won the Italian league title twice in succession, but their European form has not been great this campaign.
“We tried to send a signal to those in front of us, to let them know we’re going to have a great season. The two defeats to Fiorentina and Real Madrid helped us to grow. Now we have rediscovered ourselves and must continue along this path. [Roma] and Napoli will be in the title fight to the end. We just have to focus on ourselves,” said the former Milan midfielder after the match. Juventus needed this victory after losses in high-profile matches against the likes of Real Madrid and Fiorentina.
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The manager of Juventus, Antonio Conte, has said that the Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola should concentrate on his own club rather than thinking about how much money the other clubs are spending.
A few days back, in one of his interviews, Guardiola had said that Juventus is one of the richest clubs in Europe at the moment and they have spent a huge amount of money in signing players this summer.
Juventus has recently made some big signings including Angelo Ogbonna, Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez.
When asked about Guardiola’s recent statements, Conte said, “It seems Guardiola is focusing too much on the activities of other clubs. He should rather have his focus on the club that he has joined recently.”
“I don’t like anybody commenting on how much money my club is spending. Since my arrival at Juventus, there hasn’t been much difference between the money earned and the money spent.”
Juventus has played 3 pre-season friendly matches so far. The team has looked a little off colour in those matches.
When asked about that, Conte said, “Yes, we haven’t played up to our potential in the games so far, but, these are early days. The guys will take some time to get into their groove.”
“The good thing for us is that there haven’t been any injury issues so far. Everybody is fit.”
When asked about Juventus winning the Serie A title last season, Conte said, “We clicked as a unit and were consistent right through the season. The guys complemented each other really well. We would like to repeat that success in the upcoming season.”
Juventus will play its first Serie A match in the upcoming season against Sampdoria. That match will be played at Comunale Luigi Ferraris on 24th of August.
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Italian international Andrea Pirlo has revealed that he will be quitting the international scene after the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The Juventus player is regarded as one of the greatest midfielders to have graced the game.
He started out as an attacking midfielder, but he was converted into a deep lying playmaker. He has made this position as his own over the last few years, while there have been few to replicate his skill in this position. He has been an instrumental part of the Italian team, which managed to lift the FIFA World Cup in 2006.
At 33 years of age, Pirlo is coming to the end of this stellar career. He will be 35 years of age by the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Hence, he is of the opinion that he needs to retire from international football in order to focus on his club career. Milan recently released Pirlo thinking that he was past his best, but he helped Juventus win the league title after a nine-year gap last season. He made his debut for the national team back in 2002 against Azerbaijan. He has been included in several star lineups announced after the end of a major tournament.
“The young players need to be given their chance. I will continue at club level for as long as I still have the passion and feel important. Otherwise I would be the first person to retire,” said Pirlo. The former AC Milan midfielder has 97 international appearances to his name. He is soon expected to cross the 100 appearance mark. Italy are expected to qualify for the World Cup comfortably, as they lead the group with a significant advantage. Pirlo also helped the national team reached the final of the Euro 2012.
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