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This man isn't happy.
By Adrian Agius.
It would seem that the extended Serie A break has not brought about much good fortune for Juventus, as the Bianconeri continue to drop points in the league.
Antonio Conte’s side have recorded just a single point in the league in their last two outings—losing to Sampdoria and drawing with Parma.
Juve’s lacklustre performances of late have seen the gap at the top of the Serie A closed to just three points, with Lazio hot on their heels. With critics putting the recent slump down to everything from fatigue to age, I’d argue the Old Lady have simply lapsed in concentration, something I think Conte won’t let last too long.
I mean, if you take a look at where Juve have conceded in the league since the turn of the New Year, you will notice a combination of poor defending and a lack of concentration are to blame.
Perhaps it is complacency?
Regardless, come kickoff against Udinese, Juventus will need to produce the form which saw them comprehensively dominate Serie A in 2012.
Udinese currently lie in eighth place. Along with that, injuries to Claudio Marchisio and Giorgio Chiellini will rob Conte of some experience, but the likes of Martin Caceres and Paul Pogba should comfortably step up.
Expect Juventus to fire against the Zebrette, and cement their position at the top of the Serie A.
Juventus vs. Udinese: January 19, 20:45 (local time).