Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Soccer: Juve pay tribute to Fiorentina after surviving scare


(ANSA) - Rome, September 26 - Juventus paid tribute to
Fiorentina after their bitter rivals ended the Serie A
champions' perfect start to the season on Tuesday when they held
them to a 0-0 draw.
The Turin giants were lucky to keep the unbeaten record
that they have carried into the new campaign after not losing a
league match last term.
Fiorentina's Montenegro striker Stevan Jovetic hit the
crossbar on Tuesday and the hosts failed to convert a string of
good chances, including a splendid one squandered in the first
half by Serb midfielder Adem Ljajic.
"We came up against a strong Fiorentina side. They're
excellently drilled and well organised on the pitch," said
Juve's assistant coach Massimo Carrera, who stands in on
matchdays for boss Antonio Conte, who is serving a 10-month
match-fixing ban.
"We didn't manage to execute what we'd prepared, but full
credit to our opponents.
"It's a difficult venue to come to and we knew that. It was
their game of the season and we managed to contain them".
Juve's unimpressive showing may have been down to fatigue,
which pundits said could be a warning sign for Conte, whose side
are also challenging for glory in the Champions League this
Last season Juve, who drew 2-2 at Chelsea in their
Champions League opener last week, had more time to rest between
matches because they were not involved in European competition.
"We're tyring to keep working (on our game in training) in
spite of the heavy fixture schedule," said Carrera.
"We're unable to do as much as we did last season".
Juventus are top of Serie A with 13 points from five games
but second-placed Napoli can pull level with them if they beat
third-placed Lazio at home when most of the rest of Serie A's
midweek schedule is played on Wednesday.

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