Previews: Livorno – Juventus

Posted on 05/02/2010


Serie A Week 23 – 6/2/10 (19.45 UK)
Livorno – Juventus
Stadio Armando Picchi

Juventus travel to Tuscany hoping to end their winless drought as they face Livorno at the Armando Picchi. The Bianconeri are in deep crisis and the locals will be showing no mercy.

The Old Lady is seriously struggling and even the appointment of Alberto Zaccheroni didn’t have the desired effect last weekend. Juve have collected only one point out of the last four games and now sit in fifth position, four points shy of the Champions League zone. Their 1-1 draw against Lazio last weekend was another disappointing display.

“We were too eager against the Biancocelesti and that proved to be the wrong approach,” said the new boss. “I am planning to change a few things against Livorno. I am sure my men will respond well although I expect much more from them, especially the Brazilians.”

Zaccheroni is planning a real tactical revolution as he will switch to a 3-4-1-2 formation. Nicola Legrottaglie will step in at the back. Zdenek Grygera and Momo Sissoko are banned so Martin Caceres will play wide on the right and Antonio Candreva in the middle. Up front Amauri will be confirmed even though he is in poor shape.

Livorno are struggling at the moment and could rapidly find themselves in the relegation zone. However, their draw against Milan at the weekend helped improve the team’s morale.

“We could have done even better if only we tried,” revealed Serse Cosmi. “But when you play at San Siro, also considering your situation in the table, you just accept a point. I get mad because when I play in this stadium I always try to do something different but my players are not psychologically ready for that.”

Cosmi is set to field a revolutionised side too. Rubinho will make his debut in goal while Andrea Esposito will start at the back. Newly signed Claudio Bellucci will begin up front next to Cristiano Lucarelli. Nelson Rivas is suspended while Leonardo Miglionico is out for the rest of the season.

Keep an eye on: Amauri (Juventus) – The Brazilian has had a woeful campaign so far. He needs to improve if he is to retain his regular place in the team. We expect him to do well against the Amaranto considering that the new strategy should help him.

Last five in Serie A: Livorno (L W L L D) Juventus (W L L L D)

Last season: Not played

Livorno (probable): Rubinho; Perticone, Knezevic, Esposito; Raimondi, Moro, Mozart, Filippini, Pieri; Bellucci, Lucarelli

Juventus (probable): Buffon; Legrottaglie, Cannavaro, Chiellini; Caceres, Melo, Candreva, De Ceglie; Diego; Amauri, Del Piero

Ref: Christian Brighi

Source: Football-Italia