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Sunday November 4 2012
Strama's masterpiece

Inter fully deserved their victory thanks to the audacious Andrea Stramaccioni and Susy Campanale is grateful it stopped the controversy.

The unbeaten run had to come to an end sometime and it screeched to a halt at number 49 in the most dramatic of circumstances. Juventus are not invincible, that much had become clear in recent weeks with the Champions League and their controversial victory in Catania. After 18 seconds of the Derby d’Italia it looked as if we’d be in for more weeks of people bringing up the ghost of Calciopoli as Arturo Vidal’s goal should’ve been chalked off. When Stephan Lichtsteiner inexplicably avoided a second booking, that just added to the sense this was playing straight into the hands of the conspiracy theorists.

 Thankfully, Inter fought back to win fair and square in a result nobody can contest, otherwise we’d never have heard the end of it. Can you imagine the utter chaos if Juve had avoided defeat in those circumstances? I tell you, Juve fans, it’s better to have lost than suffer through that!

Even the most ardent Juventino must bow down and accept Inter were the better team on the night. Andrea Stramaccioni deserves immense credit for having the courage and the sheer gall to bring a 3-4-3 system to Turin. It was extremely risky and downright arrogant for the youngest Coach in Serie A to take such an attacking approach, but Strama confirmed comparisons with Jose Mourinho. He is arrogant and smug, but that’s what makes him so very effective. That is what gave him the guts to break down a Juve side that had won all their home games this season.

The Inter boss even brought back memories of Mou by mocking Juve’s “we won 30 on the pitch” motto and stirring up further controversy on why he considered ‘carefree tactics’ to be an insult from Beppe Marotta. Strama might not be carefree, but he is admirably unfettered by doubt.

This could well be good for Juventus, too. They have been coasting recently and relying too heavily on their aura of invincibility to intimidate opponents – not to mention riding their luck... They must remember it’s no mean feat to dominate Serie A and every point must be earned. Maybe we’ll see better performances from now on, as they have it all to prove again.

Now the season gets truly interesting. Juve have already shown they struggle to balance the Champions League with Serie A, while Napoli are far too reliant on Edinson Cavani. Milan have left themselves too much to do, Lazio and Fiorentina are still works in progress, but then again the same was said of Inter. What will the Nerazzurri do once Wesley Sneijder returns from injury? Can too many choices become a problem for Stramaccioni? Seeing him at the Juventus Stadium, I get the feeling this Coach can take anything in his stride. 

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Have your say...
So what,i wasn't born during my favorite club terrific unbeaten run..is there something you wanna tell me?!?!Honestly,I'm a young chap but trust me i'll bring you down to your knees when it comes down to football.


Yeah right,Jucheatus dominated the league by fixing matches and paying referees off,ain't that right Manny the Juve fan boy???...Lmao.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 10:13pm
Can Conte please ditch the vucinic-giovinco partnership? i'ts the worst partnership. juve should revert to vucinic-matri that brought us so much success last season. inter stunned juve, but that's all it is! juve will win the scudetto convincingly again and it will seem like this loss never happened. FORZA JUVE!!!
on the 4th November, 2012 at 10:04pm
@N010_manny...The more you try to prove to me you not ignorant the more unknowledgeable you sound.Quiet frankly,we not halfway through the league,so for you to be thinking Milan is battling outta the rock-bottom zone is another proof you ignorant..lol!Speaking of Ex-players,it's like you've forgotten the only good pick in your joke of a team is Pirlo[Ex Milan-player].Without Pirlo,Juve would be pure crap....Yes utterly crap.Need i remind you,those victories against milan were flat-out fluke.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 9:57pm
Well done susy! i'm an ardent juve fan, and i must say: you impressed me with this blog. I'm ashamed to say this, but stramaccioni is beginning to scare me. Coming at juve like that like he had nothing to lose when he had everything to lose was really arrogant. but it payed off. marotta was upset which for me is absolutely understandable; perhaps the reason he said inter's tactics were "carefree"! My juve needs a clinical finisher, all the front pairings this season have been under-par!
on the 4th November, 2012 at 9:56pm
@ viktor
You proberbly dont know the words.
your sentence pal before you correct others of their spelling and grammer, take that english tutor of yours to task mate or tbh get a refund.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 9:51pm
@Paul

That make sense. Really, thanks for your input.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 9:17pm
@ viktor that would be probably auto correct yourself
on the 4th November, 2012 at 8:57pm
Lets all get behind Italian teams in europe this week. I'm hopeful Juve and Milan will both win their games. In europa Napoli and Udinese as long as they field strong teams should win their home games. Lazio and Inter also should win their games again if tehy play strong teams. Hopeful of a really good week and 6 wins would be magic, although it never works out like that.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 8:52pm
Full credit to Andrea and his team. His tactics where excellent and Inter fully deserved to win. Cassano, Palacio and Milito caused Juve no end of problems at the back. I agree Juve werent at the races and this maybe the wake up call they need. I expect a big response midweek in europe and at Pescara next weekend, although they will be buoyed after beating parma today. Juve need Llorente and Villa badly up top. Focus on the match and not let certain decisions over shadow what was a great match.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 8:47pm
and as good as the squad was and the respect i have for the old legends (so dont think im picking at milans old school team).... the unbeaten run for a.c milan in 1991-93 was u even born then bruv? cause we can go back juventus 1976-81 where we dominated the league like true champions
on the 4th November, 2012 at 7:58pm
@Spirited-Milan-Fanatic haha me sound like an ignorant fan? first off the whole past and terrible season, fair does but over came it and become one of the invincibles come back to the past a.c milan trying to survive relegation, and two seasons ago without ibra (who dont forgot was for juve barcelona and intermilan before milan) kept ur team alive!, season after u had the same squad and we still managed to come back and beat u 3 out of 4 games last season
on the 4th November, 2012 at 7:53pm
Strama is a great coach. Inter lucky to have him. Oh I hate that so much. We need Conte back!

I've been following serie A for almost two decades. I agree with Anthony. Referee errors balance themselves out over time. But unjustly, Juventus recieves the journalistic spotligt whenever we get them. It doesnt help that we do get benefits of errors in big games, but it certainly balances out. I know so because i see it so.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 7:09pm
@No10_Manny...You sounding like an ignorant Juve fanboy with this statement '' u follow ur terrible team thats being saved by a 19 year old''.Don't even get me started with the word 'terrible' cause any legit Juve knows they were super terrible last two seasons ago[No need to bring your club past but its noteworthy to have you shut up]. Hopefully,this loss would kick start avalanche of losses for Jucheaters. lol Gosh...totally forgot,Milan's impressive 59 unbeaten run is still intact.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 6:40pm
maybe that's why you haven't been around lately arjen because of romas great football that they keep playing but losing not being funny but i watched a 3rd division game last week live it reminded me of roma poor football and the keeper with a constant back ache from picking the ball out of hes own net so often the only difference was that none of teams was playing in red, i love watching roma reminds me of watching kids games on a Sunday and all 22 running round chasing the ball.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 6:22pm
oh look arjen the troll is back i wondered when the roma bitter and twisted trol would raise hes head and he has, how are Roma doing this season arjen lol lol another cricket score game tonight arjen most likely not in romas favour,,,,lol zeman is a great coach .should of sold de rossi and bought a new squad
on the 4th November, 2012 at 6:12pm
@ arjen - no what is amazing is the level of thought you have when commenting on football as is shown by your post. good effort though!

juve lost get over it and quit with the conspiracy theories! it may have been offside the 1st goal. they got it wrong, but lost and didnt complain as it was fair result in the end! but we could easily have been out of sight within 20 mins too! long season ahead its ONLY! one game and we are STIL! top so lets see how the season pans out.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 6:11pm
Fantastic advert for Italian football the derby d italia, just hope my team ac milan can maintain some sort of consistency and stability, i think this years scudetto race will be fascinating, every week i count how many goals are scored in serie a and its nearly over the 30 mark each week, this stat clearly shows catennacio is truly gone and ignornant football fans should give italian football a chance.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 6:01pm
When refs make mistakes in Juve's favour, Juve are labelled ladri. When Inter or Milan benefit from errors like scoring offside goals, no one says a word. Last season I recall decision after decision going against Juve. Barely a mention in the media. As soon as there was a high profile one in our favour (the Muntari goal), all of a sudden people notice. That is inconsistent journalism. This season the refs have made more errors in our favour, and those are the only ones people see.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 4:30pm
Amazing... the ref as usual tried so hard to let Juve win, 2 disgracefully and decisive wrong decisions in juves favour once again, normally that does the trick.... 11 decisive decisions for and zero against this season, yes it MUST be a coincidence. The ref must have been devestated that inter won no matter how hard he tried to help Juve....
on the 4th November, 2012 at 4:21pm
doesnt matter what striker you have they have enough goals in them its the build up play that cripples the forwards inter did to juventus what juventus should be doing every week which is breaking with pace but im sorry but its true pirlo vidal and vucinec destroy fast counters by hogging the ball and going side ways rather than forward a new striker wont change this because matri gio and quag all want to run in behind but the midfield wants to play in front of a back four rather than in behind
on the 4th November, 2012 at 4:02pm
ive said this before and ill say it again .its not super natural that when juventus counter with pace they create chances the first 20 minutes says it all after that look what happened like it does every week pirlo vidal take all the pace and sting out of juventus fast counters happens every game the ball doesn't go back to front quick enough often enough,vidal as per usual poor in possession silly fouls for the free that led to the penalty gave the ball away for the second, pogba is better.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 3:59pm
@ Daniel Giambrone - couldnt agree with you more. Juve were slow, sloppy and just didnt seem bothered! that spark isnt quite there and this was a reality check i hope that the teams needed. there is now NO doubt our attack is not upto the job, last season the midfield carried us but Marchisio is not playing like he was last year Vidal looks jaded, pirlo needs to be rested we have quality in marrone and pogba! use them and ditch the 3 5 2!
on the 4th November, 2012 at 3:45pm
@ Viktor, is that a fact my friend? you enjoy words that actually exist? 'Nuff' said?! OHkay then..lol reason i say man u is simply due to the fact that you sound like a Man U supporter..which usualy means the lack of knowledge when it comes to footy!

@Spirited-Milan-Fanatic u can harldy call last seasons achievement mediocre! it was anything BUT!

and for all those ppl esp Milan fans who hav com out of the woodwork check ur facts before you brand about 'Cheating' a bit of education would help
on the 4th November, 2012 at 3:39pm
As a Juve fan, I have to admit we cost greatly in this match without taking advantage of our chances. But I am also certain this time we are coming back stronger. Do not forget we still have 2 legends whom had yet tasted defeat in Serie A since. One went to A-league which probably won't be coming back home anytime soon. While the other, the conductor, contributed most to the clause, is eagerly awaiting for his return, and he is extremely hungry for success.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 3:20pm
All juventus fans know this is now a wake up and the juventus squad and staff need to shake things up once again and get the team playing like champions and not false confidance like we have after the napoli game this season and in champions league we need to climb up that ladder quick! give matri and qaugs more oppertunities! far better than vucinic and bentner
on the 4th November, 2012 at 2:34pm
Honestly Manni & Daniel Giambrone Comments Are The only ones worth reading and inter out played a poor on the day juventus, lets continue with other games to come, Victor ur an absolute idiot your just taking swipes at juventus for no reason even ones that aint relevant leave this topic to intermilan and juventus fans who are all agreeging on the same thing, u follow ur terrible team thats being saved by a 19 year old
FORZA JUVE
on the 4th November, 2012 at 2:32pm
I'm a juve fan, and I watched a Juve side riding their luck. We have relied too much on our midfielders and need to rotate more and get some decent strikers. Inter were superior but the Juve that won the scudeto last season would have beaten yestedays Inter side. Everyone seems to forget the impact Conte has in the dugout and in the dressing room tactically and psychologically - cant wait for december when he's back!
on the 4th November, 2012 at 2:24pm
Although i hate the fact that it has to be Inter to shoot down Juventus[The Prisoners],Im glad their unconvincing unbeaten run has come to an halt.Hopefully,from now onwards no corny,cocky Juve fanboy would be boasting about their mediocre run.

It's only butt-hurt bitter Juventus fan-boys would think Susy[intelligent] post is an attempt to take a swipe at them....Get over the loss already Sore Losers lol.



Forza Milan Forza El Shaarawy
on the 4th November, 2012 at 2:17pm
Grats to Inter and their coach. However their choice of a 3 man attack did not win them the game. They'd changed formation at the 1-1 stage and for the last goal had only 1 man upfront. It was a great night for them but to imply that the attacking mentality of a 3 man attack was the reason they won is incorrect.

Penalty then counter-attack x2. It was very well done but again, COUNTER-attack. Inter, to my mind, still lack any sort of game and if that continues they won't be challenging too long.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 2:01pm
@Maxi, there was no corruption last night, just incompetence! If there was corruption, Inter would not have got a penalty. These cheap swipes at Juve are really becoming boring. There are problems with our entire league, not just Juve. All the owners have to work together, in an effort to both improve, and clean-up our game. Otherwise the likes of France, Russia, Portugal etc will usurp us in the uefa co-efficients. Serie A fans should unite together, and show some class.
on the 4th November, 2012 at 1:39pm

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