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Juventus 2-1 Parma: 6 Things We Learned

Jack Alexandros RathbornContributor IIIMarch 26, 2014

Juventus 2-1 Parma: 6 Things We Learned

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    Juventus picked up all three points and snapped Parma's hot streak while extending their own on Wednesday night.

    Carlos Tevez bagged a couple of goals to jump ahead of Ciro Immobile in the race for the Capocannoniere.

    Cristian Molinaro's rocket volley halved the deficit, but Roberto Donadoni's hopes of salvaging a point went up in smoke when Amauri elbowed Giorgio Chiellini, earning a straight red card.

    The Bianconeri held on for their 15th consecutive home victory, a new Serie A record.

    Juventus still perfect at home in Serie A this season. 15 wins. New record. Surpasses the 14 Torino managed in 75-76. Extraordinary #Juve

    — James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) March 26, 2014

    Here are six things we learned.

Tevez Is the Front-Runner for the Capocannoniere Now

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    Carlos Tevez can be considered the favourite to claim the Capocannoniere this season.

    Not only he has edged ahead of Torino's Immobile, but his form has been sensational. He has five goals in his last five starts in the league, reaching 17 goals for the season.

    Given that he is now assuming more responsibility in the side, gathering the ball in deeper areas and running at the opposition, he has more opportunities to score.

    Earlier in the season, he was working off the front a lot more and waiting for service to arrive to him rather than creating chances for himself.

    Tevez is clearly motivated by the opportunity to win such a prestigious award in his first season, and it appears probable that he will succeed.

Amauri May Find Himself out in the Cold Moving Forward

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    Amauri showed ill discipline against Juventus by giving the referee little choice but to send him off for an elbow toward Chiellini as the pair challenged for a header.

    The Brazilian received something of a surprise start ahead of the in-form Ezequiel Schelotto, joining guaranteed starters Jonathan Biabiany and Antonio Cassano.

    Roberto Donadoni may have lost patience now, though, and the more mobile trio could receive a good run of games together.

    Schelotto and Biabiany flanking Cassano would give the Crociati tremendous industry down the flanks as well as decent service.

    It would also give Cassano more action through the middle of the pitch, granting the Gialloblu more of a cutting edge.

    Amauri will need to work his way back into the side and may have to prove himself from the bench for a while.

Osvaldo Could Begin to Oust Llorente from the Starting Line-Up

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    Dani Osvaldo is starting to factor into Antonio Conte's mind about whether he should partner Carlos Tevez moving forward.

    Fernando Llorente is the current partner, and the Spaniard has enjoyed a good season.

    But the former Athletic Bilbao striker is far from assured of his place, and Conte may be tempted to integrate the Azzurri international into the XI moving forward.

    Osvaldo is technically superior to Llorente and can produce the spectacular, so how he is used for the remainder of the season will be fascinating.

    Conte is more than likely to make his loan move from Southampton permanent in the summer, but if he uses him heavily in the closing weeks, his price could soar if he fires, which would be detrimental to the club's transfer kitty.

    There will surely be enough game time for the 28-year-old to showcase what he is capable of though, as a permanent move will more than likely suggest that Conte intends to use him as a starter.

Donadoni's Streak Ends, but He Has Made His Point

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    Roberto Donadoni's incredible unbeaten streak has come to an end, but the former Azzurri manager has completely reinvigorated his managerial career and has re-established himself as a top coach in Italian football.

    This 17-match run has shown what he can do, as he has overachieved with the Gialloblu. Obtaining a Europa League place for the club would cap off a sensational season.

    He must now be at the top of the list for all of the big managerial positions that will become vacant in the near future.

    Even clubs that don't have vacancies, such as Milan, could do with getting in touch with Parma and enquiring as to the availability of the former Rossoneri legend.

    Parma are one of Italian football's biggest clubs, and after this season, with, or without Donadoni, they should be able to maintain their position in the upper echelons of the league.

Vidal Is Not Hiding, Despite Struggling for Form

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    Arturo Vidal is having a good season, but he has gone off the boil in recent weeks.

    The Chilean is not hiding though, which is showing tremendous character.

    "El Guerrero" is still making the runs from midfield and beyond the front two, which is such a significant part of his game.

    He played a big part in Tevez's second goal, bursting beyond the Argentine to gather the ball inside the penalty area and force a smart save from Antonio Mirante.

    The Parma keeper parried the ball into the path of the former City striker to give the Old Lady a two-goal cushion.

    Vidal appears to be close to regaining the form that made him Europe's most complete midfielder, and the fact that he is not shrinking is the main reason.

Paletta Showed Why Prandelli Has Decided to Make Him an Italy International

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    Gabriel Paletta showed why Cesare Prandelli has decided to make him an Italian international.

    The Argentine-born centre-back was tremendous for the most part, with some fine distribution out from the back to give the Crociati the foundation to build large spells of possession.

    The 28-year-old completed 96 percent of his passes, per WhoScored.com, which was the highest accuracy from all starters on the pitch from both sides.

    Furthermore, according to WhoScored.com, he made five interceptions, five tackles and seven interceptions, blocked two shots and won four aerial duels to complete a superb defensive display.

    It was ironic that he was excellent at the Juventus Stadium, the home of Angelo Ogbonna, who will likely miss out on a World Cup place due to a poor decision to join the Bianconeri—a side he had very little hope of gaining a regular place in the line-up.

    Ogbonna's loss is Paletta's gain, and the Parma stalwart will be an excellent option for the Azzurri this summer, based on this form.

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