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Horncastle: Pelle takes his chance

Italy Oct 14, 2014
 By Mina Rzouki
1 day ago

Questions persist as Juventus slump to another Champions League defeat

ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein breaks down Juventus' losing performance against Olympiakos.

Is it fear? Poor tactics? Individual mistakes? It's certainly something as Juventus slumped to another defeat in the Champions League, losing 1-0 to Olympiakos in the Karaiskakis Stadium.

Carlos Tevez instantly spoke of changing the mentality of this group when questioned about the defeat after the game. A team capable of astonishing performances in Serie A, Juventus are renowned for playing a confident and mesmeric brand of football. They push forward in all directions, their defence alert and sturdy...

 By Mina Rzouki
3 days ago

An energetic Juventus needed to combat Olympiakos pressure

The ESPN FC team explain their surprise in Juventus' recent 1-1 draw with Sassuolo, while Shaka Hislop believes the title race now becomes a little more interesting between Juve and AS Roma.

With Roma being thought of as the best Italy has, at least according to Bayern director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge whose comments are also somewhat self-serving, it truly is time for Juventus to show Europe why they are better. Qualifying out of the group and reaching the latter stages of the Champions League is more important that winning another Scudetto, at least it is so for many of the fans.

The draw against Sassuolo will be forgiven and indeed forgotten if the Bianconeri manage a comprehensive...

 By Mina Rzouki
4 days ago

Draw with Sassuolo proves Juventus need more tactical work under Allegri

Massimiliano Allegri was frustrated by Juventus' inability to take their chances as the defending champions failed to win a Serie A game for the first time this season, drawing at Sassuolo.

Spitting in the face of every cliche used to describe Serie A, the 1-1 match between Sassuolo and Juventus at the Mapei Stadium was played at a thrilling tempo and demonstrated that not even Serie A's bottom placed team is willing to sit back and absorb. On the contrary, rarely have we seen a side as courageous both tactically and physically as Eusebio Di Francesco's team.

Opting to deploy a 3-4-3 formation, their first priority was to ensure they disturbed Juve's usual style of play. That meant...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Oct 14, 2014

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez and Juan Mata could be off to Juventus

Mexico forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez scores with a well-placed strike out of the keeper's reach to give his team a 1-0 lead over Honduras.

Now that the international break is upon us, the rumour mill is beginning to heat up! As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse. Here's today's batch of rumours and gossip.

Mata on the move to Juve?

It's an understatement to say that Juan Mata's tenure at Old Trafford has been less than successful. One of two David Moyes bust transfers at Manchester United (for the other, see Fellaini, Marouane), Mata has just never taken full advantage of his opportunities on the pitch since coming over...

Oct 14, 2014

Graziano Pelle impresses for Antonio Conte's unconvincing Italy

Italy defeat Malta in this Group H 2016 Euro qualifier that featured more red cards than goals.

"'Dancing with the Stars' can wait," smiled Graziano Pelle. With hair slicked back like a character from "Grease," you could understand if the producers had been in touch. Slipping on some tails and swapping his football boots for shoes with more of a heel wouldn't be out of the ordinary for the Southampton striker. As a boy, the good brother Graziano responded to his elder sister Fabiana's calls for a dance partner, and the pair would become national champions in the Latin American discipline.


 By Mina Rzouki
Oct 12, 2014

Time for Juventus to make their mark in Europe again

Was there obstruction during Leonardo Bonucci's game-winning goal versus AS Roma? Steve Nicol and Peter Walton have differing opinions.

If the papers aren't discussing the need for technology in football due to the controversial manner in which Juventus defeated Roma, then instead they're discussing Arturo Vidal and his future.

The Chilean midfielder's talent is not to be doubted, but there is a concern that he is slipping. Beppe Marotta & Co. have always cared about the delicate balance of personalities within the squad. Part of their love for Vidal came from his intensity and desire to be a leader. His relentless running and...