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For those of you who remember me (select few, I'm sure lol), it's been quite a while since I've posted anything of substance. But after the match today, I thought it prudent to do so. I hope you can bear with me...

The positives:
Surprising performance after a pathetic showing against Malmo on Tuesday. Yes we got the victory but it was a really piss-poor performance by almost everyone on the pitch and were fortunate to break the deadlock. That being said, 4 days and all the hype around Milan gave us the impotence to actually assert ourselves against an opponent that had far more psychological momentum than us. Pereyra was a revaluation! Continuing his stewardship in the Central trident to warrant a second look in the starting XI ahead of Marchisio when Pirlo returns to full health. His energy was great, his defensive presence more than adequate, and his runs into the box and along the flanks a HUGE improvement to Asamoah who has obviously transformed to a wing player no matter what he or anyone would like to acknowledge. Licht was being Licht down the right with his link-up play and all round energy (although not as present as he was against Malmo). With Tevez dropping off into a more attacking midfield role, Licht definitely benefitted from the added space to cut inside. Pogba was back to assertive ways (although I agree with Allegri in saying he has a lot more to give than what he has shown to date). Ogbonna did a great job taking over for an unfortunate Caceres injury. I hope the Uruguayan is okay after such a great run of form but Ogbonna size and strength was definitely felt late into the match when Milan was pushing for the equalizer (Bonucci was solid in this role the whole match for the most part). Marchisio did his job well (although this ball distribution needs to improve if he really wants to play the "Pirlo" role in the holding in the holding midfield position. TEVEZ! (Should I say more?). He did everything he was asked of. Pulled De Jong and at least one of the back 4 of Milan because of his tactical change in playing a deeper role. His goal was great and was always looking to be apart of the attack and support on defense. Last but not least, Buffon was a beast when called upon. Still a top 3/5 keeper in the world without a shadow of a doubt.

Negatives:
Chiellini just needs to get match fit. Was poor on the ball and equally poor in his decision making. Tried to be too cute with the ball instead of quickly reducing the pressure of a side that is know for their counter. Llorente needs to be sat the next match. I know he isn't getting much support for his holdup play but we are no long in Conte's system so he should expect the same type of runs from midfielders. He needs more confidence so he can simply turn and make an attempt on goal.

Side notes: great to see Vidal again. He obviously is lacking the confidence to push forward without hesitation, whether because he hasn't practiced as much with the first. Squad or he is favoring his injury, I thought Pereyra was far more active compared to Vidal's limited playing time. Romulo looked like he had the pace needs to press down the right flank but he has yet to be significantly tested in defense to warrant ousting Licht from his starting role. Hopefully in time he is a solid #2 because he is already far more capable than Isla.

The other negative was lack of finishing (obviously! I won't go on about that) but even more so the sense of urgency. That was the most disappointing aspect of the Malmo match and in this match, when we seemed to have 10 Milanese behind the ball, there was little sense of urgency or pressing to try and put the match away. Calm and calculated is okay, but a showing like that against Athletico or frankly anyone who has a synergetic squad, we're skewed.

All in all, F&$king PUMPED for the victory and glad we can go into the weekend at home against Cesena with a little less pressure around our necks. I just hope Allegri starts to substitute players like Lichtsteiner in the 65 minute instead of 85 and take off Llorente for Coman or Morata in the 60th so they still have time to assert themselves into the matches.

Apologize for any misspellings or poor grammar but I am writing this at a bar after many drinks (couldn't wait for a computer after such a great win against Milan!)

Cheers! FORZA JUVE!!!
+3
I was shocked at how many heartstopping passing errors Chiellini was making. I counted at least 3.

He needs to be less cheeky with his play, especially with fast counterattacking teams like Milan.

And he also needs to improve his conduct in the box, he really manhandled some Milan players and we were lucky to avoid penalties.

And Vidal, in his short appearance, again showed he is one of the best tacklers in the business. Impressive.
Side comment:

I hope Allegri tries a new formation/tactics. He is relying heavily on the foundation built by Conte (like he did filling Leonardo/Ancelotti's boots). Hopefully against Cesena we will see a more progressive approach to Juve's stale tactical approach and get practice with alternative formations like 4-3-3 or 4-3-1-2
@Spigy i was thinking the same

Pereyra is like another version of Vidal.. Hopefully he'll become just as good. Bcoz as much as i hate to admit it and thinking bout it..we just couldn't be sure about the future of Vidal
It is strange how our play did not change all that much with the manager change. We do less crosses than before which is good to be honest, but there are still far little moves going forward that would open defenses. Sure against Malmo and now, it worked out once in 90 minutes, but what happens when we get scored on?

I doubt we can go a whole season without conceding. :)


Pereyra, it's scary actually how much he is like Vidal. I swear he even moves like him. Of course there is a quality gap, but he is the best thing to happen to our midfield this past 3 years.


That said, he is the ONLY one who is getting any game time and that is only because of Vidal's injury. If Vidal reaches full fitness and Pirlo on top of that, I can't see him getting ahead of Marchisio. Allegri knows that Marchisio is an all-rounder, but he prefers the sides where he gets to run at defenders.
Or at least he should remember what Marchisio and Vidal did to his Milan side :)

...and we still have Pogba.


Anyway, it seems 4-3-1-2 may be our other formation if Tevez keeps playing between the lines. Gio can play there as well.

This is it though...Gio, Morata, Coman, Romulo have still not played any significant time. I am secretly hoping that Allegri is actually using his brain and trying to gel the first team early and this is why he isn't changing the starters.

Though I still can't get over his extremely late subs.

Hoepfully against Cesena we will see some changes, because the subs need gametime badly.

Coman - Morata
Giovinco
Pogba-Marchisio-Vidal
Evra-Ogbonna-Bonucci-Romulo
Haha, someone thought I was crazy when I said Pereyra looked like Vidal 2.0 in the first game......glad to see more are seeing the same thing I did. He needs to improve his finishing in front of goal, which will happen, but I feel like he was brought in to serve as Vidal's understudy and step into his role next season when teams come calling again.

+4
Good game but we should have won by a higher score anyway i'll take it , happy to see Arturo back
+1
The return of the KING ARTURO

+1
Yes!!
great result..although it seems dat Juve just did enough for 3pts (considering they've plenty of matches still to go)..and its always great to keep the 100% record while denying the other team on top of the league
FORZA JUVE!
tevezzzz
carlitossssssssss
plenty of ball possession by Juve but the attack are near toothless

hopefully we're going to see the pacy Coman or Morato soon
I don't see why in that Marchisio-Muntari incident, it was Marchisio who went into the book even though Muntari was the one who went through him from behind.

In any case, Marchisio is playing so well.
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Serie A Table

Form
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GD
GA
GF
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D
W
Pl
Pos
9
5
0
5
0
0
3
3
1
9
4
0
4
0
0
3
3
2
7
2
1
3
0
1
2
3
3
6
2
6
8
1
0
2
3
4
6
1
2
3
1
0
2
3
5
5
7
1
8
0
2
1
3
6
5
2
1
3
0
2
1
3
7
4
0
2
2
1
1
1
3
8
4
0
2
2
1
1
1
3
9
4
-1
2
1
1
1
1
3
10
4
-2
5
3
1
1
1
3
11
3
0
4
4
2
0
1
3
12
3
-1
8
7
2
0
1
3
13
3
-1
4
3
2
0
1
3
14
3
-1
3
2
2
0
1
3
15
2
-1
4
3
1
2
0
3
16
2
-7
8
1
1
2
0
3
17
1
-3
5
2
2
1
0
3
18
1
-3
5
2
2
1
0
3
19
1
-3
3
0
2
1
0
3
20
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UEFA Champions League Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
22

UEFA Champions League Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
3
2
0
2
0
0
1
1
1
3
1
2
3
0
0
1
1
2
0
-1
3
2
1
0
0
1
3
0
-2
2
0
1
0
0
1
4

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