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Milan 1-0 Juventus: Milan sit deep, then break quickly through their front three

November 27, 2012
Milan 1-0 Juventus: Milan sit deep, then break quickly through their front three

Juventus lost in Serie A for the second time under Antonio Conte. Max Allegri continued with the 4-3-3 shape he used away at Napoli last week – Mario Yepes replaced Francesco Acerbi at the back, while Marco Amelia started in goal. Antonio Conte picked Martin Caceres on the left side of defence in place of the...
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Milan 1-3 Fiorentina: Allegri’s Milan outplayed across the pitch

November 13, 2012
Milan 1-3 Fiorentina: Allegri’s Milan outplayed across the pitch

Fiorentina produced an excellent display, particularly in the first half, while Milan looked completely uncomfortable in their system. Max Allegri continued with the 4-2-3-1 system he’d successfully used in the 5-1 win over Cheivo, but brought back Philippe Mexes, Mattia De Sciglio and Kevin-Prince Boateng into the side. Vincenzo Montella was without Stevan Jovetic, so used...
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Juventus 1-3 Inter: unbeaten run ends at 49

November 4, 2012
Juventus 1-3 Inter: unbeaten run ends at 49

Juventus lost a Serie A game for the first time under Antonio Conte, and for the first time in their new stadium. Conte selected a partnership of Mirko Vucinic as the primary striker and Sebastian Giovinco just behind – the rest of the side was as expected. Andrea Stramaccioni slightly surprisingly selected his tridente rather than...
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Juventus 2-0 Napoli: substitutes settle a tight encounter

October 22, 2012
Juventus 2-0 Napoli: substitutes settle a tight encounter

First versus second in Serie A – Juventus eventually got the breakthrough, and now lead Napoli by three points. Antonio Conte’s main decision was about which forward combination to select – he went with Fabio Quagliarella and Sebastian Giovinco, the same duo he selected at Fiorentina, last time ZM covered Juventus. Marco Storari played, as...
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Milan 0-1 Inter: Inter strike early, then hold on with ten men despite constant Milan pressure

October 9, 2012
Milan 0-1 Inter: Inter strike early, then hold on with ten men despite constant Milan pressure

Inter preserved a one-goal lead for almost the entire match after Walter Samuel’s crucial early goal. Max Allegri played Daniele Bonera at right-back rather than Ignazio Abate, and used Urby Emanuelson on the right flank. Andrea Stramaccioni named the same XI that defeated Fiorentina last weekend, in a 3-4-1-2 starting shape. There was barely a tactical battle...
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