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Napoli 1-1 Juventus: Juve hold on

March 2, 2013
Napoli 1-1 Juventus: Juve hold on

Second-placed Napoli performed well after the break, but a draw puts Juve in a great position to retain their title. Walter Mazzarri continued with Miguel Britos on the left of his back three, and favoured the experience of Goran Pandev rather than Lorenzo Insigne’s directness. Antonio Conte selected Federico Peluso as his left-wing-back rather than Kwadwo...
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Celtic 0-3 Juventus: Celtic cause problems in the first half, but Juve’s finishing far superior

February 12, 2013
Celtic 0-3 Juventus: Celtic cause problems in the first half, but Juve’s finishing far superior

There was much to admire about Celtic’s performance, but they couldn’t sustain their early effort. Neil Lennon decided to use Efe Ambrose at the back, despite his participation in Nigeria’s 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations win on Sunday evening. Upfront, Lennon used three attackers – Kris Commons, James Forrest and Gary Hooper. Antonio Conte is still...
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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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Fiorentina 0-0 Juventus: home side dominate in a clash of similar systems

September 25, 2012
Fiorentina 0-0 Juventus: home side dominate in a clash of similar systems

3-5-2 versus 3-5-2, and one point apiece. Vincenzo Montella made three changes. The most significant involved him selecting the industry of Romulo over the creativity of Mati Fernandez. Adem Ljajic came in for Haris Seferovic, and Manuel Pasqual for Mattia Cassani. Antonio Conte and Massimo Carrera decided to rest Claudio Marchisio, with Emanuele Giaccherini starting instead....
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ZM’s team of Euro 2012

July 4, 2012
ZM’s team of Euro 2012

ZM’s team of Euro 2012… Iker Casillas, Spain This wasn’t a tournament of particularly fine individual goalkeeping displays, but the best two goalkeepers of the tournament – and of the century – met as captains in the final. Until the, there was nothing to separate Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon, but after Casillas made a fine...
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