Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Juventus vs Inter Match Review

Juve went into the 7th  and 8th play off of the International Champions Cup losing every game before and that didn't change last night. The first half was very lively and therefore open. Both teams were attacking well but neither team was really able to get their shots away until the 29th minute when Inter broke the deadlock. Due to the open play Inter were able to counter attack with Palacio bombing down the left, he cut the ball in to Fredy Guarin who fired his shot at goal and Buffon parried the ball into Alvarez's path who just slotted in the rebound. Juve pressed on after the goal and it wasn't too long till they equalised when Vucinic was taken down in the box by Juan Jesus. Vidal stepped up and tucked the penalty away into the corner. The second half was not able to live up to the second and the pace slowed down quite a bit. Neither team looked that close to a winner with the best chance coming from a Pirlo free kick which hit the post. The game ended 1-1 and for the second time in the pre season tournament Juve had to go to penalties. But once again the Bianconeri came out the losers in a tight penalty shoot out. The first round of penalties taken by Giovinco and Guarin were saved but the next eight rounds from both teams could not be faulted until the tenth round where Mauricio Isla's penalty was saved by Carrizo who then went to score his penalty to win the game for Inter.

Not only this game but the whole tournament has been a huge disappointment. I feel that the late arrival from all the players in the Confederations Cup is the reason that Juve haven't been as sharp and they didn't have that cutting edge they have had all through last season and the year before. Despite this I feel they haven't had the best of luck in the competition and should have won the game over 90 minutes last night. However luck cannot be an excuse for the poor performances shown in this tournament. Thankfully this tournament has been played in pre season and this not what to be expected next year in the league or at least we hope not. At least there is more time for the team to improve and I am sure Antonio Conte will be pushing the players as hard as he can because there is a lot of improvements needed to win the Scudetto for a third time in a row. I think that Juve will regard this tournament as a huge failure as I am sure they wanted to prove themselves to the rest of the World and gain more supporters but I think that finishing last hasn't done very much for the club.