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  1. 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.
  2. You took my thoughts 🤣
  3. I was wrong to think he was a bad choice when first appointed, now I say 'yes' and hope I'm right this time.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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".
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. I have a couple of questions from this match. First (because I have not seen it - we only get Serie A in N.Z), was this Arthur's best performance in white and black? It seams he worked better, and maybe Maestro has defined the roles for Arthur and Bentancur to allow them to work together properly. The second is from Cuadrado's match, played very well. I see the squad looking very tired at times (I guess from always training and playing every three days), could having a rotational "vacation" from training and playing help the whole group perform to their best?
  13. Skippy5

    Juventus - Sassuolo 3-1, commenti post partita

    20 minuets into watching this game and my doorbell rang (10:05am New Zealand time - we get some Serie A games live on T.V). It was the courier delivering my new Juventus 3rd kit (my community club plays in orange/tangerine - I put it on straight away). There were many points in this game when I thought I should rip it off again, but I kept it on and the team found a way to win. When I think of the first 20 minuets I remember thinking to myself that the team looked exhausted (and mostly mentally fatigued). What this team is doing in this year, under a new coach, (playing twice a week, worried about family and friends and themselves), we the fans of Juventus should want to see the best from our team, but there is a much greater need this year to support the club and players in a positive way and be part of a team that encourages us on to another great season filled with trophies.
  14. Great game. Well done to our team. Bonansea was brilliant and Gama was great once again. We created more and should have had more, but to win a cup match 2-0 is always a fantastic result. Our club's first cup of the year goes to the girls. Let's hope the boys can make it two in a couple of weeks against Napoli.
  15. As a community (amateur) club representative I have advocated to our local and national (New Zealand) governing bodies for the need of the elite clubs to respect the lesser clubs, if for no other reason than to ensure a fan base that has a great understanding as well as love for the game. If the game looks only to service the very top level and does not look to give assistance to the lower leagues and clubs, the elite will become disconnected with supporters and ultimately their revenue will be reduced. I love that Juventus actively supports various programs around the world to encourage people to play and enjoy the game of football at all levels.
  16. Oh. I did not see the difference in the two home shirts! I looked at the pure stripes, they are centered (mirrored), and width of them only. I love them both, but if I were to have my say, I would want the center stripe to be white and also the back to be a white square with a black number. I think of the bianco first then the nero, please let Udinese be the black and white team and we shall play in white and black. Do we have an image of the back at this time? Also I'll still buy if the center stripe is black (it really is nit picking!). By the way my image is a gift from the community club team I coached in New Zealand winter 2013.
  17. I never thought there would be better than Zoff (my hero of 1982), but then there is Gigi. I am more amazed at his last few years than I am at his early days, how can someone over 40 years of age make the double saves he has done of recent times? Buffon is truly our greatest, and my hero!
  18. Skippy5

    McKennie vs Vidal

    It is a good comparison, and I would love to see McKennie become (and I think he can be) a great, strong, elbows out mid-fielder like Vidal (and Gatusso). This is a quality I love to see in the middle, but like Vidal and Gatusso the team will need a maestro like Pirlo to conduct the play to ensure the goals are found. I would like Bentancur to be the one to develop as to arrange the mid-field, otherwise we need to go shopping.
  19. I've been thinking of M. Kean as I see his rewards with PSG this season, and thinking of how he would make us good. I think he has found his level by playing in the French league, they do not defend as hard as other leagues and so a good enough striker can seem to be very good. With the current situation in Serie A, where by every team is doing all they can to not be beaten by Juventus, I don't think Moise would have any impact at all for us. I look forward to seeing him develop and grow and hopefully help the Azzurri to make good in the international competitions.
  20. I have always considered the local league is more important than a multi-national league (of many different sports, leagues and world areas from the 1980's to now). And while the Champions League is so very prestigious now, and I would dearly love to see our team win it, to see us be the first team from the big 5 leagues to win 10 titles in a row will be something that can only be done once. I want the golden star this year even if this means I will have to wait for the trophy with the big ears for some time later.
  21. Yes, Atletico are the 'strongest' second placed team, but we must beat all teams from now to win the Champion's League and I think we play better against stronger opposition this year. So for me avoid Gladbach and play Leipzig.
  22. We hear a lot of how hard CR7 trains, but I can only imagine Gigi trains every bit as hard (and maybe even harder) to keep in such good shape and to have razor shape reflexes for a top class goalkeeper. It is little co-incidence that Messi wanted to swap shirts with Buffon at the end.
  23. Skippy5

    Calcio in lutto: è morto Paolo Rossi

    1982. my "All Whites" (New Zealand) at the World Cup in Spain are beaten out at the first group stage. When I looked for another team to follow I found the "Azzurri". and while my hero from this will always remain Dino Zoff, I can not forget the wonderful goals and movements of Paolo Rossi. My journey to follow Juventus began here, I feel with this news some piece of my childhood dies too. Thank-you for so many great memories dear Paolo.

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