This was an impressive win by Inter and their young manager Andrea Stramaccioni as Inter kept their composure and overcame more horrendous refereeing. Besides conceding an obvious goal inside the opening minutes that was clearly offside, the referee followed that up by not sending Juventus player Lichtsteiner off inside the opening 30 minutes. I wondered is this was not going to be Inter’s day. But the team showed great poise and character to stay in the game and not let their heads go down.
The Derby d’Italia could not have started better for Juve as there were ahead after only 18 seconds. But the goal was not without controversy as it Kwadwo Asamoah was beyond the last Inter defender when he received the ball from Claudio Marchisio’s touch, and it was his low cross which was met by Vidal at the far post to put the home team in front
With Pogba and Andrea Pirlo in fine form, Juventus dominated the match against Bologna, but it took until the 54th minute for the deadlock to be broken, Fabio Quagliarella turning in Emanuele Giaccherini’s header across goal. With 19 minutes to go Saphir Taider beat Gianluigi Buffon at his far post to equalizer, but that just set the stage for Pogba’s dramatic winner as he turned in Sebastian Giovinco’s cross.
Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has defended the club’s transfer policy in a meeting with the club’s shareholders today.
“It’s true, errors have been made,” Marotta said.“Jorge Martinez [signed for €12m from Catania], above all, but you only make mistakes when you actually buy.
“Over the last two years we have had to oversee, not a revolution, but a significant rejuvenation. We’ve signed 22 players and you can get a few signings wrong.
“But don’t forget about the ones we got right, like Andrea Pirlo on a free, Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal – a player we signed for €10m and one for whom we rejected an offer of €30m.
Nicklas Bendtner’s agent Tom Brooks has hinted that the Danish striker is considering his future after struggling for playing time at Juventus.
Bendtner joined Juventus over the summer on a loan move from Arsenal with a view to make the move permanent but he has made only two appearances for the side so far.
His agent Brooks believes that the bench role does not do justice to a player of Bendtner’s ability and commitment, while also indicating that the player is open to a switch of clubs if the situation does not change.
Brooks told TuttoMercatoWeb:
Ac Milan extend their lead at the top over second place Juventus after the Rossoneri ease passed Lecce on Sunday with two goals from Antonio Nocerino and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while their rival picked up another draw on the road.
The results still puts those two teams ahead of the others especially after Lazio missed out on the chance to catch up with Juve after getting beaten by Bologna, leaving the third place spot under siege.
Is the pressure of the title race starting to get to Juventus? It appears so as last night’s 1-1 draw with Bologna was Juve’s third success draw, the third 1-1 result. If Juve does not win the title this season they will look back at the 13 draws this season as they reason they are not champions.
This was a poor Juventus performance, especially in the first-half when Bologna went ahead through a Marco Di Vaio goal in the 17th minute. They were slightly better in the second half and when Mirko Vucinic scored in the 59th minute to tie things up I expected the Bianconeri to go on an win the match.
It’s been interesting to see how the Italian Serie A is playing out these past couples of weeks. Many did not expect the likes of Lazio, Napoli and Udinese to put up such a stiff fight for such a long time.
Juve’s latest result sees them take their unbeaten run in the league to 14 games. Folowing their result, Juve moved back to the top of the league level on 30 points with Udinese. Defending Champions Milan are in third place just 2 points of the lead.
The poor performance by Italian clubs in Europe last season has caused the Italia football federation (IFF) to change the rules. Effectively immediately, each club in Serie A will be allowed to sign a second non-EU player.
Juventus became the latest footballing giant to announce a loss, as the club’s board announced on Monday that Juve lost 39.5 million euros during the first half of the 2010-11 season. Over the same period of the previous season, the club recorded profits of 14.2 million euros.
Revenue for the period was 88.8 million euros, a fall of 29% on the previous year (125 million euros). One big reason for the 29% drop in revenues was that Juve was in the Europa League this season instead of the more lucrative Champions League. There were also changes to the way money from television rights is shared between Italian clubs, which contributed to the shortfall.