Serie A Matchday 9 Catania 0-1 Juventus @ Angelo Massimino Juventus:Arturo Erasmo Vidal 57 Vidal strike seals win in Catania(Juventus Official Website)
Arturo Vidal’s third championship goal of the season settled a tight encounter in Catania and extended the Bianconeri’s lead at the top of Serie A to six points. With the game evenly poised following an entertaining first half, the Chilean pounced to sweep home on 57 minutes after Bendtner’s initial effort was parried by Andujar. Conte made three changes from last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Napoli. Pogba stepped into midfield in place of the injured Marchisio, while Bendtner and Vucinic came in for Quagliarella and Giovinco in attack. Despite Catania’s aggressive start to proceedings, Juventus immediately wrestled the opening exchanges back in their favour and began to command possession in the centre of midfield. Vidal had the first meaningful attempt on target with two minutes played, stinging the fingers of Andujar with a rasping effort from distance. Bendtner, starting for the first time since completing a deadline day loan switch from Arsenal, looked lively up front and went close to capping off a neat move by steering Lichtsteiner’s low centre home from close range. Andujar, however, was alert to the danger, diving bravely to smother at the Dane’s feet to smother. The Etnei reacted by raising their game and asking a few questions of the Juventus defence. Chiellini did well to prevent Almiron’s searching pass from reaching Bergessio, while Barzagli was on hand at the back post to turn Gomez’s cross away from the lurking Barrientos. The turning point of the game arrived midway through the first half. With Bergessio wheeling away in celebration after tapping Lodi’s free-kick past Buffon, Gervasoni moved over to his assistant and, after a period of brief discussion, opted to rule the goal out for offside. Juventus continued to press forward and Pogba, gaining increasing space in midfield, almost followed up his wonder goal against Napoli with a thunderous attempt that whistled over Andujar’s crossbar. As the seconds ticked down towards the interval, Catania had Andujar to thank for keeping the scores level, with the goalkeeper pulling off a miraculous save to keep Vucinic’s close-range effort from crossing the line after the striker was fed by Bendtner’s knock down. An unchanged Bianconeri emerged for the second half and cranked up the pressure on the hosts’ backline. Their persistence was rewarded 12 minutes inside the restart when Vidal tapped in from five yards out after Andujar had parried Bendtner’s initial attempt. The goal breathed new life into the Chilean, who almost doubled his tally moments later, but dragged his effort wide of target after some fine individual work on the edge of the area. The encounter tipped further in the Bianconeri’s balance when Marchese, already on a yellow card, was subsequently given his marching orders for deliberate handball midway through the second half. With fresh legs required to capitalise on any potential breaks on the counter, Giovinco was introduced in place of Vucinic. However, it was an inspired Vidal who almost made the points safe, only to see his low drive from the edge of the area turned around the post by man-of-the-match Andujar. Giovinco went close in the dying stages, beating several opponents with a forward burst from deep, but failed to find the finish his good work merited. CATANIA 0-1 JUVENTUS GOAL: Vidal 57 CATANIA Andujar; Rolin, Legrottaglie, Spolli; Izco, Lodi, Almiron (Biagianti 78), Barrientos (Castro 69), Marchese; Gomez (Morimoto 81), Bergessio Substitutes not used: Frison, Messina, Potenza, Alvarez, Salifu, Capuano, Ricchiuti, Doukara. Coach: Maran JUVENTUS Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner (Caceres 89), Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba (Padoin 90 +2), Asamoah; Vucinic (Giovinco 78), Bendtner Substitutes not used: Storari, Rubinho, Marrone, De Ceglie, Isla, Giaccherini, Pepe, Quagliarella, Matri. Coach: Alessio REFEREE: Gervasoni ASSISTANTS: Maggiani, Manganelli FOURTH OFFICIAL: Musolino BOOKINGS: Rolin 19, Asamoah 23, Spolli 28, Marchese 35, Legrottaglie 39, Marchese 67, Vidal 69 SENT OFF: Marchese 67
ユベントスの決定力不足は深刻だ。カターニアをはるかに上回るティーロを撃ちながらわずか1点。 カターニアのゴールがフォリジョーコで取り消され、ベントナーのティーロのこぼれをビダルが押し込んだ。それだけの最少得点差。 ベルベッシオのゴールはローディのFKが抜けたのならフォリジョーコじゃないし、途中で触っているならフォリジョーコという微妙な判定。ベントナーも受けた位置がフォリジョーコだったという微妙なゴール。 カターニアのゴールがあっても圧倒して勝たなければならないゲームで疲労もあるにせよ、あまりにもお粗末なゲームが続いている。 コンテが帰ってくるまであと1か月あまり。もう少しねじを締めなおさないとずるずると失速しかねない。モチベーションの低下が心配だ。



UEFA Champions League Group E Matchday 3 Nordsjælland 1-1 Juventus @ Parken Nordsjælland:Mikkel Beckmann 50 Juventus:Mirko Vučinić 81 Vučinić rescues Juventus at Nordsjælland(uefa.com)
FC Nordsjælland 1-1 Juventus The Danish champions looked on course for their first ever group stage win but were denied nine minutes from time by Mirko Vučinić's volley. FC Nordsjælland were denied a first UEFA Champions League group stage victory as Mirko Vučinić came off the bench to earn Juventus a point. Mikkel Beckmann had put the hosts in front five minutes after half-time – their first goal in the competition – and the two-time European champions struggled thereafter to find a way past goalkeeper Jesper Hansen. Vučinić, though, ensured the Serie A leaders claimed a third successive Group E draw when he applied a sweet finish nine minutes from the end. That late excitement was out of keeping with the start of a game that took time to get going. Both teams were tentative, mixing lax mistakes with more positive midfield work. With Vučinić beginning among the replacements after a bout of flu, the attacking partnership of Alessandro Matri and Sebastian Giovinco showed flickers of promise. Juventus set pieces proved to be another source of danger and Leonardo Bonucci was not too far wide with his headed effort. When Nordsjælland started to make progress, Gianluigi Buffon leant heavily on his experience to keep them at bay, palming away a fizzing drive from Kasper Lorentzen. Joshua John, all alone behind the defence, had the goal at his mercy but Buffon, outside his area, showed all his qualities by blocking the attempted chip with his chest. The match had acquired a good tempo and more goalscoring opportunities arrived as a result. The half ended with Giovinco belying his small stature to pose a big threat to the Danish champions' hopes of putting their first points on the board, finding the side netting after a typically dynamic surge. Andreas Laudrup, son of Michael, a player of some distinction for Juve in the 1980s, acquitted himself well on his first start in the UEFA Champions League. Fittingly, it was he who won the free-kick that led to Nordsjælland's historic goal. Beckmann's execution was sublime as it curled around the wall and beyond Buffon's left hand. Hansen saved brilliantly from a Giovinco header and then a Pirlo set piece, yet he had no answer to Vučinić's volley. A winning goal from Danish international Nicklas Bendtner would have added insult to injury but the Juve substitute was off target with a late header.
ホームでノア・シェランのGKハンセンが当たりすぎたのもあっただろうが、ユベントスの出来があまりにもひどすぎた。ターンオーバーで両翼を代えて臨んだ試合、ノア・シェランを相手になかなか主導権を奪えず。決定家黄なチャンスを与えてしまう。 ゴールレスで折り返した後半、ベックマンにFKを決められると、その後の猛攻もヴチニッチのゴール1点に抑えられてのドロー。ヨーロッパの舞台で9試合連続ドローとまったく勝てなくなってしまった。 カウンター狙いの相手に対し、警戒しすぎなのではないか。あるいは決定力に問題があるのか。 チェスのように理詰めのサッカーをしていてもヨーロッパでは勝ちきれない。相手がのびのびと臨んでくるノア・シェランであればなおさら。 これからの3試合勝たなければならないゲームばかりとなった。ヨーロッパリーグに回ってということはユベントスのプロジェクトでは許されないことなのだから。



Serie A Matchday 8 Juventus 2-0 Napoli @ Juventus Stadium Juventus:José Martín Cáceres 80,Paul Pogba 82 Super subs send Juve clear at the top(Juventus Official Website)
Late goals from substitutes Martin Caceres and Paul Pogba sent the Bianconeri three points clear of Scudetto rivals Napoli on a pulsating evening of Serie A action at Juventus Stadium. Within minutes of coming off the bench, Caceres broke free of his marker to power a header past De Sanctis and gain the advantage the hosts had been craving. And moments later the points were made safe when French starlet Pogba – a summer capture from Manchester United – announced his arrival in style by slamming home a sumptuous long-range volley. The meeting of the league’s meanest defences was always destined to produce a cagey affair, and the first half kept to the script as both sides struggled to break free of a congested midfield area. That said, Juventus started brightly and could have taken the lead inside the opening exchanges. September’s player of the month Giovinco was the first to try his luck with just two minutes on the clock, wriggling into space and rifling in a low strike which travelled through a crowd of players before being parried clear by De Sanctis. Vidal then sent an ambitious strike over the bar, and Giovinco almost stole in to prod the ball home amid a moment of hesitation between Campagnaro and De Sanctis. But Napoli, in search of revenge following August’s 4-2 Super Cup defeat, possess plenty of dangerous players in their ranks and went the closest of the two sides to breaking the deadlock in a combative first half. With 26 minutes played, Uruguayan frontman Cavani almost added to his tally of six goals with a curling free-kick that cannoned back off the upright. The second half brought more of the same. Juventus increasingly looked to impose their attractive style of football but were prevented from doing so by frequent stoppages in play and dogged Partenopei resistance. Further chances, however, continued to fall their way. Pirlo’s deflected free-kick was gathered by De Sanctis, while Giovinco thrashed wide after working himself into a good position. Alessio opted to introduce fresh legs at varying stages of the second half. Matri replaced Quagliarella in attack, Caceres came on for Asamoah down the left-hand side, while Pogba represented a like for like swap for Vidal in the centre of midfield. The substitutes’ impact was instant. With ten minutes remaining, Caceres stole a yard on his marker to meet Pirlo’s corner with a thumping header. And just two minutes later, Pogba displayed just why he is regarded as one of the world’s most promising midfielders by lashing an unforgettable strike past De Sanctis from distance. The two sucker punches were enough to stave off any further threat from a shell-shocked Napoli, enabling Juventus to put daylight between themselves and the Partenopei at the top of Serie A. JUVENTUS 2-0 NAPOLI GOALS: Caceres 80, Pogba 83 JUVENTUS Storari; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichsteiner, Vidal (Pogba 75), Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah (Caceres 78); Quagliarella (Matri 60), Giovinco Substitutes not used: Rubinho, Branescu, Lucio, Marrone, Padoin, Isla, Giaccherini, Bendtner. Coach: Alessio NAPOLI De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Gamberini (Insigne 85); Maggio, Inler, Behrami (Dzemaili 88), Zuniga; Hamsik; Pandev, Cavani Substitutes not used: Rosati, Grava, Aronica, Uvini, Mesto, Colombo, Donadel, Dossena,Vargas, Fernandez. Coach: Mazzarri REFEREE: Damato ASSISTANTS: Niccolai, Tonolini FOURTH OFFICIAL: Maggiani BOOKINGS: Cavani 12, Vidal 30, Campagnaro 63, Chiellini 63, Barzagli 74, Caceres 81, Inler 90
無敗同士の首位対決は激しい試合となったが、ユベントスもナポリもファールが多く、内容的には凡戦だった。 ユベントスは縦へ急ぎすぎてミスパスが多く、ナポリは得意のカウンターを封じられてパス回しからの崩しをことごとく跳ね返された。お互いに得意ではないプレーでゴールが奪えず、プリマ・テンポはゴールレスで終える。ジョビンコ、アサモア、マルキジオ、カバーニの惜しいティーロはあったが、ゴールネットを揺らすことはなかった。 セコンド・テンポになってもゲームの流れは変わらず。ユベントスもナポリも前線への放り込みを狙う大味なゲームでどちらもゴールのにおいを感じさせない。ユーベはジョビンコがゴール前で受けたシーン、ナポリはカウンターからパンデフが抜けたシーンがチャンスだったが決められなかった。 ゲームが動いたのは80分。ピルロのアンゴロからフリーのカセレスがヘッドで突き刺して先制。さらにポグバがナポリのクリアボールを左足のボレーでゴール右隅に決めて試合を決めた。 ナポリはポゼッションで上回りながらゴールが遠く、8試合目で黒星を喫した。 ユベントスが勝ち点22で単独首位、ナポリが勝ち点3差で2位、ラツィオが勝ち点4差で3位となっている。



Serie A Matchday 7 Siena 1-2 Juventus @ Stadio Artemio Franchi – Montepaschi Arena Siena:Emanuele Calaiò 45+2 Juventus:Andrea Pirlo 14,Claudio Marchisio 84 Siena v Juventus, the statistics(Juventus Official Website)
Claudio Marchisio’s late winner at the Artemio Franchi was no more than the Bianconeri’s efforts in Tuscany deserved. The statistics from yesterday’s meeting with Siena show that Juventus enjoyed 67% possession and threatened Pegolo’s goal on 18 occasions. Credit, however, should also go to Siena, who managed to keep their visitors at bay with several interceptions. Following close behind Barzagli’s 21 interventions were Neto, Vergassola, Paci and Felipe. As far as completed passes are concerned, there’s little surprise at who lies top of the pile. Pirlo led the way with 75, followed by Chiellini on 63, Marrone on 54, Barzagli and Marchisio on 52 each and Vidal with 49. Marchisio and Pirlo saw their attacking efforts pay dividends with a goal apiece in the 2-1 success. The ‘Little Prince’ represented the most significant threat with five attempts on goal, followed by Pirlo and Giovinco on four.
ユベントスはプリマ・テンポから押し込むが雑なパスが目立ち、またジャッジがユベントス寄りだったこともあって集中力が欠けたプレーが目立つ。ピルロが壁の下を通す技ありのプニツィオーネで先制したあともチャンスは作るものの決めきれず、カウンターからシエナにチャンスを与えてしまう。 ジャッジへの抗議でシエナのコズミ監督が退席となったあと、左サイドをアンジェロが突破。デ・チェリエをぶち抜いてのクロスをカライオがヘッドで叩き込んでシエナが同点。 セコンド・テンポに入ってもユベントスは修正がきかず。シエナに再三チャンスを作られる始末。 ドローの気配がしはじめた84分にジョビンコがアンゴロをショートで使い、リターンのクロスをキエッリーニが落としてマルキジオの今季初ゴールで勝ち越したものの、雑な試合で苦戦をしてしまった。 コンテの出場停止処分が6カ月短縮で4カ月となったことが、無罪判決を期待していた選手たちに落胆を感じさせたのか、それとも格下とみて甘く入ったのか。 いずれにしてもインターナショナルAマッチデイの間に建て直さないと、20日のナポリとの首位対決は危険なものになりかねない。 今節は負けなかった。そして勝ち点3を拾っただけの凡戦だったが、来節はきっちり修正して臨んでもらいたいね。



UEFA Champions League Group E Juventus 1-1 Shakhtar @ Juventus Stadium Juventus:Leonardo Bonucci 25 Shakhtar:Alex Teixeira 23 Juventus forced to share spoils with Shakhtar(uefa.com) ユベントスはポゼッションで優位に立てず。ヨーロッパでの試合勘が戻っていないのか、序盤から押し込まれる展開が目立つ。そして、ゴール前でつながれて失点。 2分後にアンゴロからボヌッチが豪快に決めて追いつき、ユベントスの時間がしばらく続くが決定機を決めきれないなど、昨シーズンからの決定力不足が響いて勝ち越し点を奪えず。 シャフタールもティーロまで持ち込むものの決めきれず、両者の戦いはドローに終わった。 ユベントスは勝ち点を伸ばせず3位に転落。ノア・シェラン戦で勝ち点を稼いでグループリーグ突破ができるポジションで残り2節を迎えてほしい。