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Juventus and Roma's Serie A title credentials already under scrutiny

While ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol says that next week's match-up between Juventus and Roma can go either way, Craig Burley thinks that last year's Champions League finalist need a formidable challenge in Serie A.
ESPN FC's Raf Honigstein believes Juventus are merely testing the waters for Paul Pogba and not seriously considering offers this transfer window.
The pressure is intense on Juve and Roma managers Massimiliano Allegri and Rudi Garcia ahead of this weekend's clash.

Only five Scudetto-winning teams in history have opened the season with a defeat. All of them came under the Mole Antonelliana in Turin, and it's something of a Torino trademark. The Granata have pulled it off three times, while neighbours Juventus have also done it twice. The last time they did it in a curtain-raiser of a campionato was in 1974-75.

No wonder Max Allegri and the club are not panicking. "Serie A is a marathon, not the final of the 100m," he reminded everyone after Juventus opened...

 By Mina Rzouki

Juventus will need to draw on experience in difficult Group D

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Alexis Nunes look ahead to the Champions League campaigns for Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

A certain few highlighted how lady luck smiled upon Juve last season, paving their way to the final by throwing easy challenges their way. After all, Borussia Dortmund were in the midst of their worst season under Jurgen Klopp, Monaco had sold off many of their stars and were far inferior in technical terms while Real Madrid, some opined, were an easier prospect that Bayern Munich or Barcelona.

To win, one always needs a little luck, but the Old Lady earned everything she achieved last season,...

 By Mina Rzouki

Juventus miss Pirlo, Vidal and Tevez as Udinese claim shock Serie A victory

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti reacts to Juventus' shock defeat to Udinese on the opening day of the Serie A season.

Juventus lost 1-0 to Udinese on Sunday to taste defeat for the first time ever at home on the opening day of the season. The home record also went up in smoke -- after 46 home matches, the hosts were left empty-handed.

It happened when it was least expected, and Udinese executed the most basic facets to the Italian game: a tight and organised defence and a ruthless counterattack.

It is clear the champions have not woken up from their summer slumber, and in the absence of collective brilliance, no...

 By Mina Rzouki

Juventus out to remind Serie A that they're still the team to beat in Italy

Juventus may have paid a pretty penny for Porto's Alex Sandro, but the Brazilian could prove a truly exciting purchase.

The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. Serie A is back and Juventus play their first match of the season, a home game against Udinese, on Sunday. With so many great leaders departed and as many interesting faces arriving, one big question hangs over the state of this Juve side: are they strong enough to win the league for the fifth consecutive season?

Indeed they are. When compared to the competition and the sides that are best equipped to offer a real challenge, the Bianconeri...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Could Nicolas Otamendi head to Man City after Man United drop interest?

Manchester City have reportedly made another bid for Wolfsburg's Kevin De Bruyne, as the clock ticks down to transfer deadline day.

United target Argentine Nicolas Otamendi appeared in 35 La Liga matches for Valencia in 2014-15.
Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi might get his desired move to the Premier League after all.
 

As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to all the latest rumours and gossip. See all the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Man City target Valencia's Nicolas Otamendi

Manchester City have spent around £71 million on new signings this summer, and the Mirror reports that the total figure could end up closer to an eye-watering £150 million by the end of the transfer window.

The paper states that City hope to tie up a deal for Kevin De Bruyne in the coming days...


 By Mina Rzouki

Juventus signal intent for 2015-16 with Supercoppa triumph

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has praised new signing Mario Mandzukic after last season's double winners claimed the Italian Super Cup with a 2-0 victory over Lazio.

Claiming their seventh Supercoppa, Juventus defeated Lazio 2-0 in Shanghai on Saturday to win their first trophy of the season. Banishing a certain amount of pressure, Juventus demonstrated that while how many may doubt the team's capability for ongoing success, they are still a heavily motivated giant vying for more honours.

Stefano Pioli's team had started preseason training some 10 days before the Bianconeri, as they not only had to contend with Juventus for this trophy but will have to fight...