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Sunday November 11 2012
Juve can thank Inter

There were fears the Juventus spell was broken, but if anything Susy Campanale warns Inter have done them a favour by ending that 49-match unbeaten run.

Inter might end up regretting their 3-1 victory in Turin, for it could prove to be just the slap in the face that Juventus needed. After 49 games unbeaten, the Old Lady was looking complacent, arrogant and prepared only to do the bare minimum amount of work to get a result. This team had become the absolute antithesis of Antonio Conte’s vision. Not even a draw with Nordsjaelland, scraping a win against Bologna or robbing Catania of points were enough to shake them out of this self-imposed stupor. They’re awake now and boy did they need it!

The truth is that the defeat to Inter was the logical culmination of a journey Juve had been on for some time. After all, what made them so thrilling and unstoppable last season was their almost desperate hunger for success, eager to put their recent disasters behind them and embody the spirit of Conte screaming at them from the touchline. Recent performances were shoddy, half-hearted and doing no more than was necessary. They had become accustomed to being unbeatable and forgot how they put together that run in the first place. Juve weren’t the most skilful side last season, but they were easily the most determined, aggressive and hard-working.

I also don’t think it’s a coincidence that Juventus started losing their fire when assistant manager Angelo Alessio returned from suspension. A tactical advisor to Conte he may be, but Alessio is a quiet, gentle and frankly dull man. He’s not one to rattle the walls at half-time or shout orders during a difficult moment of a game. Massimo Carrera had far more of Conte’s spirit, leadership skills and ability to talk up the troops. Perhaps the setbacks prompted a reshuffle in the locker room with Carrera doing the team talks and Alessio fiddling about with a tactics board?

A 4-0 win over Nordsjaelland and 6-1 triumph in Pescara suggest Juve got the wake-up call they needed to stop the slide into mediocre complacency. That defeat to Inter may well end up being the best thing that could’ve happened to Juventus.

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Have your say...
Ahh, football italia. The only place where losing a 49 match streak at home to your biggest rivals is a positive!
on the 11th November, 2012 at 4:34pm
Dude, theyre both lame teams... After they play next 2 weeks games we will see.. in the mean time the most stable team is called Inter...
on the 11th November, 2012 at 4:27pm
We need to beat lazio and Chelsea before I'm totally happy ,we will win the league of that there is no doubt...we welcome the challenge of inter and anyone else it will only make us stronger ...we definetly miss a top player though ...get the cheque book out this summer marrotta
on the 11th November, 2012 at 3:06pm
Well Inter lost at HOME to BOTTOM place Siena, 20th place in Serie A bottom, so I think smashing Pescara 6-1 AWAY, Pescara in 14th place, is a huge thing if we take R_46, an Inter fans logic. And Susy please stop with this bias. Robbing Catania of points? Amazing how you continualy attack Juve in every article. Can't wait for the 'Robbing points from Genoa'. Great win for Juve. 10 goals in 2 games is a great return and we proved that 1 defeat to a soft penalty won't affect us. FORZA JUVE!!!!!!
on the 11th November, 2012 at 3:00pm
Yeah supposigly after the double in Turin we've awaken the beast right?That's the purpose of this article,in a closed point of view to represent the 'new face' of Juve.But this i guess is a wrong approach if you simply notice that yesterday's Pescara's performance was daunting,not so worth mentionin.More like Stroppa's masterpiece should be emphasized..
on the 11th November, 2012 at 1:34pm
@ Interista anti juve

Only in your dreams
on the 11th November, 2012 at 12:22pm
I agree with some points and disagree with others... There is nothing to thank Inter for... This was a reaction that should have happened in-house and probably right after the Catania game! Inter should be thankful that we played should low level and reduced the tempo 10 minutes into the game when we have one of the fittest clubs in Europe! Like some here say let see what happens at San Siro (when Conte is back!)
on the 11th November, 2012 at 12:16pm
I don't understand why people think Pescara should be such a bad team. They beat Palermo, Parma and Cagliari this season. Any of the big teams would struggle against them if they don't show up with the right intensity and aggression. Nordsjælland is like that too. Juve did a great job against Pescara, and I think Susy could be right. Inter and Inter fans really are bad winners :)
on the 11th November, 2012 at 11:58am
Lol calm down some of ya jeez lol i get what ya sayin susy and ya spot on. we were winning but the performances were poor . We might have still won the league playin that way but it was costing us in europe and without losin to inter we might have ended up with another european draw. we lost the intensity plain and simple
on the 11th November, 2012 at 11:52am
pls susy wait for 5 games more b4 writing this kind of piece,Juve would return to their old self when praised early. i hope we bit Chelsea in the same way.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 11:15am
Some ignorant statements here..... How can you say Inter could regret their win? It gave them 3 points and put them right in the mix for the schudetto race. Should they have tactically played for the draw? Also, to call alessio dull is uncalled for and disrespectful. I think this article is dull.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 11:05am
Yes, juve can thank Inter again later once WE beat them again @ SanSiro!
on the 11th November, 2012 at 9:43am
'Inter might end up regretting'? So you are suggesting that Inter should have lost so Juve could keep winning without playing good football? Juve were scoring maximum points each game, so it didnt matter if they were actually playing good football. Even against Inter, Juve did not play badly, they were just exploited by Inter where they were weak and they still are. Wins against minnows like Pescara and Nord. does not prove anything. Without a proper no. 9 they will still struggle.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 9:40am
You are most welcome, Susy. I am sure Inter won't mind doing your Juve more such favours in the future... maybe even bigger favours :P
on the 11th November, 2012 at 9:34am
Come on, really? You will really take Pescara and Nordsjaelland for conclusion that defeat to Inter was helpfull? I can't stop laughing.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 9:30am
Thank you Inter,again. I also forgot to thank you for the bashing of Milan last season. Lol. Now Lazio and then Chelsea. Ooops,bad time to play Juve,y'all !
on the 11th November, 2012 at 9:06am
As a Juventino I don't know why I feel relieved when Juve defeated by Inter last week..but the performance shown by Juve in the last two matches answer my question already..they really need to take one step back to leap further ahead.. FORZA JUVE!!!
on the 11th November, 2012 at 8:44am
Simple and correct. Beautiful article
on the 11th November, 2012 at 7:21am
I still think its too early to say that, yes it was a wake up call. But honestly, these are not very good teams. We should have beat them in any case! I believe the spirit is a lot better than it was for the previous games but I wont get overly excited until I see them next game vs Lazio then the big one vs Chelsea. Forza Juve!
on the 11th November, 2012 at 7:11am
I am sorry but no Scuddeto for Juve this year.I can bet on that.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 6:49am
'rob catania'Susy stop been a juve hater and an inter supporter and be a journalist for ones.'quit,gentle' is a fair coment,but calling someone 'dull' is insulting and a clear lack of respect to the man.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 6:15am
What a load of crap !?

Nothing changed. It is still the same Juve even before the Inter game. Juve had gone from the craziest screamer Conte, the less charismatic Carrera, to the quite and stupid Alessio.

That what made Juve performace go ups and downs, NOT THE INTER DEFEAT. Yeah, still the same since the start of the season because they played some great games, and some less-tempo games.

Jealousy & hatred are pouring out of your articles against Juve.

Idiotic & pathetic !
on the 11th November, 2012 at 5:52am
I am certain if they draw or lose against lazio, next week you world write a totally different article that would even look like it was written by the same person. Kinda make people think your opinion changes with every game...yawns
on the 11th November, 2012 at 5:29am
Not a slap Susy, but a lash on their backs!

FORZA JUVE!
on the 11th November, 2012 at 4:26am
"Robbing Catania of points"...wow. I know you are a Milanista but at least try to keep your bias away from your work. Shameful.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 4:15am
It's too easy to say that Juve needed a loss, to regain form because let's face it, Pescara/Nordsjaelland are teams that are pretty damn bad, and anything else than to clear victories would be a total failure.

Lets see how Juve play against proper teams like Inter and the remaining two Chl matches will give a clear answer to everyone if the loss to Inter was only a fluke or not!
on the 11th November, 2012 at 3:38am
Best believe that last years version of Juve is back
on the 11th November, 2012 at 3:21am
It was great to see Juve respond with 10 goals in 2 games after losing to Inter but it was against 2 very weak teams. The real test of Juve will be against chelsea and getting out of that champions league group. Only then I could say Inter did us a favour.
Forza Juve.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 2:45am
YAY another Juve fluff piece......"BARF"
on the 11th November, 2012 at 2:34am
What is this madness? Two wins against absolutely awful opposition is all of a sudden this reincarnation of Juventus? Not that they were ever death, but way to overreact here. Let's see how they fare against Lazio, then Chelsea and Milan after that. Then judge them.
on the 11th November, 2012 at 2:23am

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