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  1. Good to make this happen, even if a closed game. We need the work in the middle of the park to get combinations correct. I just hope the headline is not "Juve Asleep on the Mattress" and that Alvaro dose not hurt us.
  2. Dino Zoff is the player for which I follow Juve after watching him in the 1982 World Cup. While Buffon is probably better especially on the criteria given, I have Zoff as my number 1 and Gigi as my number 1A. For third I think you can make daylight as these two were so great for our club and for the national team as well.
  3. With numbers 27 - Locatelli and 28 - Zakaria in our engine room, I remember the Ferrari Formula 1 team of the 1980's. I only hope we have more success than the Prancing Horse. (Note that Arrivabene has presented both players on signing.)
  4. I own 2 of the featured shirts, the 2013/14 (photo with Tevez), given to me by my community football team for my 40th birthday, and the black and gold of 2015/16 I bought myself. I do love the Ariston of Platini (center white stripe and 11 stripes) although for modern game could do without the collar. I also love the Pink Star shirt (I think 2010/11?) though and I must make special mention of the Orange and Black camouflage from last year only because these are my community football club's colors (and of course I bought this shirt).
  5. Oh gosh no, what a horrible thought, I am a New Zealander 😂! I was given the nickname Skippy in my job 20 years ago due to 'skipping out things in what I produce' and it worked it's way into my community football club as I encouraged some of my work mates to join my team.
  6. I was wrong to think he was a bad choice when first appointed, now I say 'yes' and hope I'm right this time.
  7. Skippy5

    Torino - Juventus 2-2, commenti post partita

    From the very start of this match, it looked like we were playing a training ground game. There was no intensity to our play. Players shaking hands and sharing jokes with the opposition. I thought at the 2-2 there might be a spark of life from our team, but it just did not eventuate. The manager must motivate the team to play with desire to perform, and unfortunately I do not see Pirlo giving enough encouragement. When we concede so many goals immediately after hearing the bosses words it can only mean the boss is not saying the right things.
  8. Early in this season we lost too many points with poor defending when in winning positions (complacent, tiki-taki play across the backs). Now that the pressure is on the team to get wins, the forwards are snatching at chances and not relaxed enough to ensure scoring when in good positions. I don't want to make Pirlo the scapegoat, but I do think a more experienced boss would have managed these situations better, and I'm really disappointed he didn't get a year or two with the 23's to work out how to deal with the ups and downs of a season. I do think he will be a very good manager in the future.
  9. Skippy5

    Juventus - Porto 3-2 (DTS), commenti post partita

    At 114:00 I said "don't jump". At 115:00 I yelled "I SAID 'DON'T JUMP'!" We had 4 good shouts for a penalty in the last 125 minuets of this tie, but none given, they get 1 soft penalty, how is this right? Morata must do better with his chances, Bentancur/Szczesny lost this tie for us in the first minuet, from there most of the team did well to get back into it, but ultimately this was decided by bad refereeing decisions on balance.
  10. I have been very impressed from what I have seen of Radu in the first team. He shows a calmness on the ball that is not usual for such a young defender. I think we need his contract extended for as long as we can get him to sign to (5 years) and then send him on loan to a club that will be doing a lot of defending, but also has coaching staff and players that can help build his potential. Too often I see good young players, from all clubs, sent out on loan just to get game time, without ensuring there is good coaching available to help them develop.
  11. I remember, with delight, dancing down the sideline and past the opposition bench after my community club team scored in a final. Part of my action was to inspire my team, and another part was to upset the other team. I was a little desperate as our club had not won anything for many years, but after we were victorious I apologized to the opposition coach because my behavior was beyond what should be acceptable. When we are properly passionate about the games we play it can over run and bad things happen, but then after, true character needs to be revealed and usually this involves saying "sorry".
  12. I am forever grateful that Conte brought back a winning mentality to our team, but I was very relived when he left as I could see the team would have lost interest in his pushing the players all the time and the win at all cost philosophy he has. (I am secretly hoping this will manifest in the Inter team causing a downfall this season.) It is no surprise to me to see this behavior from him knowing how he wants to always win, Inter have not scored at our home for many years and not least this is the club he helped as both a player and a coach. But this is a very disappointing display from Conte, and I hope he does not return except to say sorry.
  13. Skippy5

    Juventus - Roma 2-0, commenti post partita

    How did we get this? I can only see gorgeous Giorgio as the difference in this match. Stay fit Capitan, we need you!
  14. I saw this today and can only hope it is true. https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/sport/football/young-all-white-liberato-cacace-linked-move-italian-giants-juventus Young All Whites star Liberato Cacace has been linked with a move to Italian football powerhouse Juventus. Fabrizio Romano, a respected Italian football journalist, tweeted this morning that Juventus were interested in signing Cacace from Belgian side Sint-Truiden for their under-23 outfit. Cacace joined Sint-Truiden last year after starring with the Wellington Phoenix in the A-League, with the Belgian club reportedly paying a record $2.13 transfer fee for him in August. Prior to Cacace’s transfer the previous record transfer fee for a Phoenix player was fellow young star Sarpreet Singh who joined German giants Bayern Munich for a figure somewhere between $750,000 and $1 million. Cacace said at the time of his transfer from Wellington it was a dream of his to play in Europe. Should the deal to Juventus be finalised, Cacace would join one of Europe’s finest clubs, with the Italian team boasting two Champions League trophies and a whopping 36 Italian league titles. The club is also the home of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Romano added Cacace would be seen as a left back for the under-23s squad if the move eventuates. This young player is a wonderful left back that enjoys getting forward, and puts in very good crosses to provide assists for the strikers, or will take the shot for himself and score some spectacular goals. Last year when he played for Wellington Phoenix in Australia's A-League and when we were having somewhat of a crisis at left back, I was thinking how good it would be to see Cacace in white and black, he will put a lot of pressure on Frabotta as back up to Alex Sandro. I hope this happens, he's a really good young player and a good person too.

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