Juventus hopes to capitalize on its continental brilliance in the Turin derby

Milan – Juventus are trying to capitalize on its remarkable Champions League midweek brilliance when it hosts its neighbor and rival Turin in the city derby at the Olympic Stadium today, Saturday, in the seventh leg of the Italian football league.
Juventus enter the Turin derby in the unusual position behind its city rivals in the ranking (10th place with eight points, with a goal difference behind ninth Turin), but it has started to pick up some momentum in recent weeks, the last of which was the remarkable victory over host Chelsea, the defending champions: 1-0 last Wednesday in the second round of the group stage of the prestigious continental competition.
And coach Massimiliano Allegri’s team got off to a terrible start to the season as they look to regain the title they lost to Inter Milan last season.
Juventus failed to win its first four matches in the competition, before re-balancing with two straight wins in the fifth and sixth stages, while its continental start echoed with a stellar three clean run win over its Swedish host Malmö. another expensive win over his guest Chelsea.
“We showed the spirit of Juventus tonight and this is what the coach is asking of us,” winger Federico Chiesa told Amazon after scoring the winning goal against Chelsea on Wednesday.
Juventus suffered two things last season and had to mobilize all their weapons in the final stages to ensure its presence in the top four and enter the Champions League, where it finished in fourth place led by its coach and former international midfielder Andrea Pirlo, who failed to achieve his goal to win the tenth consecutive title locally.
The return of Allegri, who led the team to five consecutive titles from 2015 to 2019 and twice to the Champions League final in 2015 and 2017, was expected to end the Turin giants’ troubles, but the ‘old lady’ – team was in last place in the league after four games Also in the six games he played in the league, he failed to keep a clean sheet.
But the old defensive determination was there against Chelsea when the European champions failed to create a clear chance, despite their dominance of possession.
Juventus are counting on future star Chiesa, who won the European Cup with his country this summer, who did well against the London team, scored the winning goal and was able to strengthen more than once, compensating for the absence of his two stars, playmaker Paulo Dybala and Spaniard Alvaro Morata, who were injured.
The 23-year-old has been criticized by Allegri after a slow start to the season, but his coach believes he can become a striker – just like his father, former Italy striker Enrico Chiesa.
“He’s not at 100 percent at all and it was the first time he played as a striker,” Allegri said.
“I have told Federico my assessment, which is that he can play as a centre-forward or as a back-up centre-back.”
Juventus have not lost in their last 14 games with Turin, who won their last derby 2-1, including at the Turin Olympic Stadium in April 2015.
In addition, Napoli, led by Luciano Spalletti, are hoping to avoid the first hurdle domestically this season as it faces a difficult journey on Sunday to take on the brilliant Fiorentina.
Napoli, who started his league campaign with a full score with six consecutive wins that gave his fans hopes of winning the league title for the first time since 1990, suffered his first loss this season when he fell to his host Spartak Moscow 2-3 de the day before yesterday in the second round of the group stage of the competition European League “European League”.
Fiorentina, fifth, six points behind the southern team, is trying to capitalize on the remnants of that defeat to take its fifth win in seven league games.
The defending champion Inter Milan is third in the standings and, like city rivals AC Milan and Napoli, is unbeaten so far.
Inter Milan will visit Sassuolo today, Saturday, after announcing record annual losses for the 2020-2021 season of €245.6 million, while Milan will play tomorrow, Sunday, with the ever-dangerous Atalanta in Bergamo.
The two poles of Milan are looking to return to the path of victories after stumbling in the Champions League competition, when Inter drew against Ukrainian host Shakhtar Danisk and Milan lost to its host Atletico Madrid.
And Roma, led by coach Jose Mourinho, will also play against Empoli on Sunday.
Today Salernitana also plays with Genoa, and tomorrow, Sunday, Bologna with Lazio, Verona with Spezia and Sampdoria with Udinese. -(AFP)

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