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08/19/2013
 

It has been confirmed today that Claudio Marchisio is likely to be out for a month following a knee injury picked up in yesterday's Super Coppa. Marchisio had to be subbed off quite early in the match, with Paul Pogba coming on to replace the injured midfielder. While Juventus will miss the Italian international's grit and experience, Pogba showed yesterday that there is nothing to worry about.


Pogba has been making headlines every since he chose to leave Alex Ferguson and Manchester United in favor of the team he supported as a young boy, Juventus. Last year in his debut Serie A campaign, the young Frenchman scored some phenomenal goals and demonstrated his class. Although he didn't get the start in yesterday's match against Lazio, he was Conte's first option to replace Marchisio. Pogba made an instant impact as he got the Bianconeri on the board and made it 1-0 for the Scudetto champions.


The young midfielder will have the opportunity to play more and earn a starting spot with Marchisio out injured. While Pogba has been linked to the likes of Arsenal in recent days, expect Conte and company to hold onto him for as long as they can. Conte has already shown a willingness to insert Pogba into a number of positions in the lineup and will be more than happy to increase his playing time. Many Juventinos would prefer Pogba to start over Marchisio already, and over the next month Pogba can prove them right.


Juventus will meet Sampdoria on Saturday in their Serie A opener and I would fully expect for Pogba to be in the starting XI. While last year may have been a season that put Pogba on the radar of fans and teams everywhere, this year has the potential to a monster breakout one. Pogba has become a vital part of this Juventus squad and can solidify his place in the starting lineup for years to come. 

 
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03/16/2013
 

Second-half goals from Mirko Vucinic and Claudio Marchisio gave Juventus a 2-0 win at Bologna on Saturday which allowed the Turin giants to move 12 points clear at the top of Serie A. Bologna, beaten only three times this year and coming off the back of a 1-0 win over Inter at the San Siro last week, had hoped to continue their purple patch at a sold-out Stadio dell'Ara. But a week ahead of a break for international duty, Juventus turned on the class to secure a 20th win of the season that most pundits believe is enough to secure their 29th league title.


Juve now lead Napoli by 12 points while Bologna have slipped two places to 12th. The pressure is now on Napoli, who host Atalanta on Sunday with one eye on third-placed AC Milan, who are a further two points adrift, as they take aim at grabbing three points at home against a struggling Palermo.


Juventus coach Antonio Conte had warned of the threat of an "excellent" Bologna side coming into this game, and defender Giorgio Chiellini deflected an Alessandro Diamanti strike over 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon's crossbar early on. Juve replied, but when Federico Peluso, given a rare start in place of Swiss Stephan Lichsteiner, set up Sebastian Giovinco the little striker's weak effort was blocked.


Bologna 'keeper Gianluca Curci then did well to keep out Vucinic's effort after some good individual work from Simone Padoin, called up in preference of Ghanaian Kwadwo Asamoah. After a missed effort by Juve forward Arturo Vidal, preferred by Conte to Frenchman Paul Pogba, early in the second period Bologna striker Alberto Gilardino had his headed goal from Alessandro Diamanti's freekick chalked off for offside.


Juve finally took the lead when Vucinic ran on to a through ball from Marchisio and danced round Brazilian defender Naldo to beat Curci. Bologna came close when a Saphir Taider effort was blocked and then Gabbiadini sent an effort wide. Those misses proved costly when Vucinic returned the favour to Marchisio on 73 minutes, setting up the midfielder to beat Curci with the outside of his right foot from close in.


In Saturday's early match Alejandro Gomez scored a brace as Catania secured a deserved 3-1 win over Udinese which moved the Sicilians up to seventh place.

 
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02/12/2013
 
Neil Lennon's team had hopes of going past the round of 16 in this UEFA Champions League, until the Italians destroyed them with a three goal away victory. Celtic previously only lost at home against Barcelona, but could do nothing against a defensive Juventus that conceded the possession of the ball to the home team but did not miss the few opportunities that they had. Juventus got comfortable early on with a goal on the third minute and extended their lead after Celtic could not find a way to score against Buffon.

The home team started strong on the attack, but 3' minutes into the game Juventus scored with a long ball from Peluso that was lightly touched by Matri to beat the keeper but it was then "saved" on the line by Wilson and finally pushed in by Marchisio. On the replay it was clear that the Celtic defender did not save the ball on the line and they finally credited Matri for the goal. After the first goal it was obvious what the visiting team was playing at, Juventus fell back and threw a long ball every time they had a chance, while Celtic intensely pressured forward not letting the visitors breathe. The home team kept possession of the ball and had a lot of chances at goal, but could not get pass the defenders and could not beat Buffon on the first half.

As expected, the Italian team was satisfied with their 1-0 advantage and kept playing a very defensive game. Celtic impatiently searched for goal with innumerable crosses and shots from outside the box. Lustig limped out of the pitch on minute 59' and was replaced by Adam Matthews. Juventus reminded us that they can still be dangerous on minute 67', when Peluso found some space on the left flank, passed it to Vucinic who had a chance at goal but Wilson was there with a block. That was Peluso's last play and came out of the pitch a minute after for Padoin.

To the pleasure of the Celtic fans, Tony Watt came in for Kris Commons on minute 73' to try to be the savior of the game. A complete nightmare for the home team after Marchisio did a one-two touch with Matri, who then received the ball inside the box, cut to his right and took a shot at goal. Forster touched the ball but it still hit the back of the net, giving the visitors a very comfortable 2-0 lead. The nightmare continued when Marchisio stole the ball from Ambrose, touched inside the box for Vucinic who touched it to the left of the goalkeeper and gave them a 3-0 victory.

The Celtic team will visit Stadio Olimpico di Torino for the second leg of the round of 16 on March 6th.

 
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