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Thursday September 20 2012
Juve are back – and with fight

Juventus made an impressive return to Champions League football as they stopped holders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Serafino Ingardia praises the resilient Old Lady.

It was never going to be easy for Juventus as they visited European Champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the night of their return to the Champions League. And, as stats show that the Bianconeri had lost their last five trips to England against Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester United and twice to Arsenal, they might have wished for a softer return to European action.

The Old Lady did things the hard way after they went down 2-0 to the Blues following a terrific one-two from Brazilian starlet Oscar. It could have been game over and a terrible blow for Antonio Conte’s boys who were as usual guided on the touchline by Massimo Carrera.

Chelsea, as Roberto Di Matteo had warned them, soon realised they hadn’t seen the end of it as this Juve is not built to surrender. Watching La Signora pushing around the European Champions at Stamford Bridge was a pleasant yet surprising affair. For over a decade they had been mistreated in the UK with their last win in England dating back to 1996 against United at Old Trafford.

This Juve side wasn’t built in a day though as their 42 League game unbeaten run shows. Don’t forget, Conte has lost just once while at Juventus – in the Italian Cup Final against Napoli last season.

In one of the most difficult of nights, the team’s fighting spirit rescued them from a critical situation. Conte wasn’t there to help, but Juve still stood up and fought back with heart and soul.

Juve may not be remembered for their quality, but their remarkable ability to straighten things up is pretty unique. This was the tenth comeback for Juventus under Conte. Seven times the Bianconeri have managed to equalise, while in three other occasions they went on to win.

And once again, Juve managed to get back on track in the second half. Last season, they had +17 points at full-time compared to half-time results. Their current campaign started in similar fashion. Against Napoli in the Super Cup, the Bianconeri went 2-1 down in the first 45 minutes before grabbing a second-half equaliser and finish off the Azzurri in extra-time. It was no coincidence they played the same trick at Stamford Bridge.

The Old Lady returned home with a precious point which gives them hope to progress to the next stage and perhaps even top the group. Nevertheless, this result gives them no reason to get carried away – it must go down as an assumption of potential.

As a matter of fact, despite a night of brilliance in London, the Bianconeri remain significantly behind the top European clubs. But as Chelsea proved last term, this is a competition open to surprises in which such a determined Juventus will certainly have a word to say.

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Have your say...
juve should've won. clearly, you're biased by living in the uk, maybe? or writing for a uk-based blog?

no one is going to want to play juve.

really. they should've won the game. despite the magic di matteo has turned turning around the pathos that was chelsea before him. they were so bad before him, it was ridiculous!

about juve? ask mourinho.
on the 24th September, 2012 at 12:54am
@ marione you clearly must be a roma or inter fan yet again jealous of juventus
on the 23rd September, 2012 at 7:43pm
I think some people here are either still young or dont follow football except when one of the many different teams they support is on, before the calciopoli juve was going to be a nuclear bomb of football only united was keeping up the pace from structure to quality of players, the cl will be back to normality for juve from now on and she will will always be there as the engine has restarted dont fool yourslevs she may take some time to win it as serie a is always her priority but she will soon
on the 23rd September, 2012 at 7:39pm
So proud of juve, just need to sort out our strikeforce as we can't keep on mixing them up in the way Conte is doing all season!! Quags plays 20 mins and now may get a few games, but then Matri may play and score and then get some games, and then Gio may do the same - make a choice and committ!!! No other team mixes their strikers so much, you need to put your faith into someone and trust them for at least 6 months - just like Conte randomly did for Borriello!
on the 21st September, 2012 at 5:22pm
@ hady, you forgot to mention, chiellini, quaglirella, barzagli, Buffon, forza Juve!
on the 21st September, 2012 at 8:19am
Grande Juve What a Great game agains chealse. we got the best midfield In Europe. Marchisio and Vidal just seem to get better and better every game. I think now it going to be easier to get a top player too. This game show that juve are for real not only in serie A but in CL
on the 21st September, 2012 at 12:51am
@Viktor

Go play with lollipop or something. If wanna downgrade my team, you should be concerned with your Serie B team.

Juve are on a par (not pair) with the top teams. And they can reach the semi-finals.

New Kaka! Because of the 25 millions and two lucky goals?, is that supposed to make him Kaka?

You pathetic !
on the 20th September, 2012 at 8:02pm
We have only lost once to Arsenal not twice may be u are trying to say chelsea.Pls do your research well before talking.An excellent performance need a good striker by january and the champions league cup would be in turin. Forza juve.
on the 20th September, 2012 at 7:41pm
Every single sky pundit lauded Juve last night. A rare phenomenon from the English. Juve were that good. Juve's technical ability was emmense and far superior to Chelseas and on par with Madrids (the best in the tournament thus far). The author clearly doesn't know what he's talking about nor has he ever played proffesional football or any other level of football I suspect.
on the 20th September, 2012 at 6:32pm
@ Viktor - with all due respect pal its only been 3 years since Juve last graced the CL yeah ok we have been re built and its DEFO a new era but before that we were always there. so dont get it twisted. Barca only recently had dominated madrid havnt won for 10 years and well the rest who cares! But anyhow well done Juve
on the 20th September, 2012 at 6:30pm
Juventus isn't near the quality of the top teams in Europe? You get paid to write that?
Do you realize they just tied the European Champion, at their home pitch???

Juventus is clearly one of the top 10 teams in the world. Talent wise, while below Madrid and Barca, is on par w/ the Manchesters, Bayern, etc... And their tenacity, drive, spirit, and coaching is second to none. Just because they don't have Messi or 2 titles in the last 5 years, doesn't mean they aren't great.
on the 20th September, 2012 at 5:55pm
I think Juventus should have done, better, they need to step it up, if they want to compete for the UCL title.
on the 20th September, 2012 at 5:23pm
@Mustafa

"Juve are on a par with Madrid, Barca and every other "top" teams as you described them."

Except the teams you mentioned has been playing CL football consistently since the begininning of Football, Juve on the other side hasn't played in CL for years. They are NOT on pair with above mentioned teams. Great draw from Juve, happy for Italian football.

If you never heard about Oscar then im surprised, 25 mill from Sao Paolo and suppose to be the new kaka (im sure you heard of him).
on the 20th September, 2012 at 4:40pm
Marchisio had so much space in the midfield, and showed it was relatively easy to penetrate the holes in Chelsea defence. Mikel and Lampard could not control Marchisio. Pirlo played more defensively in this game to help the numerically disadvantaged back 3 and was clearly beaten by magical Oscar. Pirlo still shows he is the QB. Giovinco could not muscle his way in, he is great in a less physical defence. Juve would have been better off starting with Quagliarella and Vucinic.
on the 20th September, 2012 at 3:27pm
Forza Juve!!! we had a great game, we showed those english how to play football but i think a couple of people are getting carried away we are not on par with Madrid, Barca, united and bayern munchen but we have a heart of a lion in our squared, FORZA JUVE!!!
on the 20th September, 2012 at 3:03pm
I think that Juve will have some problems against Shaktar, especially away from home. But they should qualify from the group.
In the Knockout stages, they will fight and be tough to beat, but I am a bit worried that our strikers are not clinical enough. Giovinco and Vucinic are skillful, but they dont have the instinct or power of Trezegol. Mayeb Quagliarella could be our ace, since he got one goal and a post in 20 minutes. Why is he overlooked so often? any ideas why?
on the 20th September, 2012 at 2:30pm
Statistically speaking, juventus always plays a better game in the second period as we just saw it last night. As juventus fan, I'm happy with the result and most importantly the way we play! Before the match, I was afraid what if Pirlo is 2 b man-marked and it works? And that was what exactly happened. But thanks to the remaining players who shows that he(Pirlo) is not the only 1 who can make the difference! I hope we can continue playing like this!
on the 20th September, 2012 at 2:23pm
Even tho im not a juve fan (napoli fan) i have to admit juve are a very good team and will get out the group and can do well in the competition. there midfield is one of the best in europe they just lack a 20+ goal a season stiker. respect also for having 7 nazionale team starters and having their own stadium. im begrudingly saying this but they are the team that serie a should build themselves on only then will our league get back to the top. i hope CL takes it out of them in the league tho!!!
on the 20th September, 2012 at 2:05pm
realisticly...lets just get out of the group stages 1st then we can see where or how far we can go...on any given day a team can turn you..and we suit being the underdog right now as no1 can see us coming till with hit them. I seriously seriously believe we can beat any of the English teams, Barca too are a shadow of their formerselves..Madrid with that squad and manager do look strong, City are just over paid stars and mancini has taken notes frm juve! lets just see what happens, enjoy the ride
on the 20th September, 2012 at 12:52pm
yes its only one game but we can only improve! dont forget we are basically new to CL re structured, new team new style and it works. BOY does it work. however we do need to be realistic to and stay humble with humility yet not be afraid of anyone which we are not. we still lack a serious threat up front which could be our undoing. Pirlo does look slightly jaded at the moment a rest could do him good, Marrone and Pogba are mo then capable. Marchisio and Vidal are just pure class! Forza Juve
on the 20th September, 2012 at 12:48pm
The old lady did us proud yesterday not just us Juventinos but Serie Au have to back them in champs league I hope the europa leage teams do the same now. Impressive we dominated and really should have won, draw was the minimum, fluke 1st goal. excelllent 2nd but Oscars touch was not meant! was great to hear the sky sports Pundits actually for once give credit where its due apart from redknapp whos just biased. Gio needs to get in the gym and get some strength! stay on ur dam feet for god sake!
on the 20th September, 2012 at 12:43pm
@Louis, I envy you, I hope someday be there...
on the 20th September, 2012 at 12:02pm
LoL Louis, thats awesome mate !!! I on the otherhand in lovely South Africa, was celebrating alone in my bedroom but could see the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge was amazing...
on the 20th September, 2012 at 11:57am
Love how all the naive juve fans get carried away. Ok, fantastic result well done Old Lady.
But remember it's just Game 1. How can you be so ignorant and arrogant to say Juve are already as good as Barcelona, Real Madrid etc?!? They have it all to prove!
on the 20th September, 2012 at 11:56am
What a performance i said before the game if juve go 1 or 2 behind we will come back to draw or win we refuse to get beat may it contiue forza juve
on the 20th September, 2012 at 11:49am
A few years ago after going 2 down to a team like Chelsea we'd have been lucky to scrape a 4-1 thrashing; this is totally new era.
on the 20th September, 2012 at 11:43am
Agree with Mustafa. They are not significantly behind Europe's top clubs. They matched Chelsea, the European champions no less, on their home turf and nearly one. All after going down by two goals. "Significantly behind", your having a laugh. This Juve can go far in the UCL this year
on the 20th September, 2012 at 11:32am
@moh I'm lucky enough to be able to say that I was 1 of the juve fans u saw going mental after the 2nd goal. And i just want to say what a performance from not only the players, but the fans as well. We sang constantly for 2 hours and when that 2nd goal went in... mamma mia. N what followed? 5 solid minutes of - OH MAMMA MAMMA MAMMA, OH MAMMA MAMMA MAMMA, SAI PERCHE MI BATTE IL CORAZON? HO VISTO QUAGLIARELLA HO VISTO QUAGLIARELLA, EH MAMMA, INNAMORATO SON !!!!!!!!!!!!!
on the 20th September, 2012 at 11:24am
this is a such poor article!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Did you really write: "Juve may not be remembered for their quality, but their remarkable ability to straighten things up is pretty unique"? Are you serious! Pirlo, Vucinic, Marchisio, Vidal, Asamoah and Lichsteiner are considered what then?
Please football italia, next time u want to write an article like this, let a non-juve hater do it
So pitiful
on the 20th September, 2012 at 11:07am
As a Milanista I have to begrudingly congratulate Juve as they were excellent and could have won it. This is good for Serie A. However, I have never understood the fuss over Giovinco and yesteray he was the same "thick" player that he was a few years ago. Maybe this game was too physical for him but he isnt the cleverest of players. If Vucinic can add some killer instinct to his wonderful touch and hold up play he could have been amazing! The Montenegran Berbatov.
on the 20th September, 2012 at 11:04am

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