Seven points is not an insurmountable gap, but the table makes for ominous reading for the pretenders to Juve’s throne. Given that the Champions League doesn’t resume until late February, the Old Lady can focus all her attention on domestic matters. With Higuain seemingly approaching the form he showed for Napoli, they’ll take some stopping.
Juventus-Roma wasn’t quite the Rumble in the Jungle – more the Tussle in Turin – but it was certainly billed as the biggest game of the Serie A season so far. Much like the lathgtt娱乐城e Ali, the Bianconeri came out of the blocks fast and aggressive, before taking the lead through their own heavyweight, Gonzalo Higuain.
After an aggressive start in which he landed a number of blows, Ali adopted a strange tactic. The former champ leant back on the ropes, absorbing punch after punch from his powerful opponent. The scorecards had Foreman by a landslide, but inside the ring something else was going on. In round seven, following a vicious blow to the jaw, Ali grabbed Foreman and whispered into his ear: “Is that all you got George?” In the next round, the 32-year-old knocked his opponent to the canvas and reclaimed his belt.
Pre-match Spalletti had been at pains to stress that, even if they lost, his side wouldn’t be out of the Scudetto race. One would have been forgiven for expecting, therefore, that Roma would approach the game with a certain sense of calm, but for a period the capital club were in serious danger of losing their heads. The first half-hour brought three bookings, with the Giallorossi seemingly too fired-up to face the side which has so often thwarted their ambitions.
Juvenbbin真人糖果派对tus’ 1-0 win isn’t a knockout blow in the Scudetto race, but it’s clear their challengers are reeling. The result leaves Massimiliano Allegri’s men seven points clear of Roma at the top of Serie A, and Milan’s slip-up with Atalanta leaves the Rossoneri nine points adrift. The Bianconeri aren’t unbeatable by any means, but can anyone show enough consistency to take advantage if they do stutter?
Thereafter the Old Lady largely sat back and absorbed pressure. Roma had 10 shots to Juve’s seven, and dominated possession 60 per cent to 40. Yet Gianluigi Buffon and his Anthony Kiedis moustache barely had a save to make, the visitors managing just two shots on target – is that all you got, Giallorossi?
The home side simply allowed the Lupi to punch themselves out, without risking any real damage. There were chances for Roma, but were it not for Wojciech Szczesny, the game would have been put to bed in the second half, the Pole twice saving superbly f网球开户rom Stefano Sturaro.
It was the most anticipated sporting event of the year, George Foreman v Muhammad Ali in the “Rumble in the Jungle”. In October 1974, the pair faced off for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Roma couldn’t land a punch on the Bianconeri on Saturday night, now they must ensure they aren’t knocked out of the title race altogether in the coming months.
For all that Juve managed the game superbly, there were some strange decisions on the part of Roma Coach Luciano Spalletti. Gerson was given just his second Serie A start of the season, on the right wing rather than in central midfield. The Brazilian looked like exactly what he was – a 19-year-old thrown into the biggest match of the campaign in an unfamiliar position. He was substituted at half-time.