Juventus In November: Roots Strong Enough For The Winter?

Posted on 02/11/2010

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As everyone knows, whether you call it l’autunno, Autumn or Fall, this time of year sees the leaves drop away in preparation for winter, revealing the tree beneath, & this November the same holds as true for Juventus as it does the Canischio forest that surrounds Vinovo.
The club faces six games in the coming month &, by the time the last one is played much more will be known about where the club stands. Saturday’s win over Milan will prove a huge boost to confidence & the penultimate Europa League game is on December 1 – which should determine the progress of la Vecchia signora in the competition – then the draw for Juve’s first tie in the Coppa Italia will be made. 
Home ties against Salzburg, Cesena, Roma & Fiorentina are punctuated with trips to Brescia & Genoa. It is far from the toughest schedule Juventus have faced, & there is the key reason why it is so important. The two away matches are games Delneri’s side must look to win, as are the first two games in Turin.
While Roma & Fiorentina may currently be struggling those games are some time away & both clubs fortunes may have altered dramatically by then. Even if they are still at the wrong end of the table, both will raise their games as always when the opposition are in Bianconero. Historic clashes, mutual dislike & a desire to topple the Old Lady resonates loudly with both, but Juve must look to take positive results from those games.
“Under all the beautiful leaves there had been all sorts of irregularities & defects. They had been invisible because of the leaves. Now those defects are startlingly revealed, the tree is no longer beautiful in it’s appearance. But has the tree actually changed?” – Madame Guyon
There is huge potential for upsets during this November run of games for Juventus, but it is also packed with a chance to really make the rest of Serie A start to pay serious attention to the project Andrea Agnelli, Beppe Marotta & Gigi Delneri have put so much effort into. It is precisely the kind of month where six wins would catapult the club into contention on all fronts.
With only one European fixture to contest, the coach will also not have to worry about the absence of the ineligible Alberto Aquilani, quickly becoming a key man in this side, dictating play & tempo from his central midfield position. Fabio Quagliarella is not as influential, but has weighed in with crucial goals & being free to play regularly will help, as will Milos Krasic returning from his two game suspension.
By the time December arrives, 14 Serie A games will have been played, just over a third of the season. Then will be a perfect opportunity to judge the progress of this Juventus, with the excuses of being so new, so different & adapting to so many changes gone. With those leaves stripped away we will look at the tree anew & be nearer to answering the question “has it actually changed?”
Source: Il Tifosi
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