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Serie A

  • 26 September 2010
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Torino
  • Referee: C. Brighi
  • • Attendance: 19394

Serie A Preview: Juventus - Cagliari

Serie A Preview: Juventus - Cagliari

Old Lady withering fast

Juventus' 4-0 thumping of Udinese in Udine last weekend injected a healthy dose of confidence among the supporters. However, the Old Lady went back to square one on Thursday evening as they were humiliated 3-1 by Palermo in Turin.

It was their second defeat in Serie A this season and one that has dragged them by the nose to just two points above the relegation zone. Luigi Del Neri's side are currently 15th with four points and are already six points behind defending Italian champions and current league leaders Inter.

Coach Del Neri has come under pressure as the Old Lady continue to wither but the former Sampdoria tactician remains calm, although he does suggest that it could be a long and hard campaign for the former European champions.

"We all know it is going to be a difficult season," Del Neri reflected. "I thought we had resolved our problems, but we haven't. We will start again, and will work hard during training.

"The victory in Udine was meant to give us some security, but it obviously didn't. The side has paid the price for not being attentive enough. We must be more decisive with what we do on the pitch."

Eying an upset

Cagliari are having quite a fruitful season in the Italian top flight and accomplished an encouraging feat in midweek when they held Sampdoria to a 0-0 draw in Sardinia.

The draw keeps the Rossoblu in seventh place with six points from four matches - just one off a European place. Furthermore, Cagliari have the best defensive record among the 20 clubs in Serie A as they have conceded just once.

Cagliari are unbeaten so far this campaign and have drawn both their away matches. However, Pierpaolo Bisoli's side have failed to score either Palermo in Sicily or in Bari.



Buffon, Martinez, Traore and De Ceglie remain unavailable because of their respective injuries. Latest reports suggest that Aquilani could be given a start by Del Neri.

Possible starting XI:
Storari; Motta, Bonucci, Chiellini, Grygera; Krasic, Aquilani, Sissoko, Pepe; Del Piero, Quagliarella.


Dario Biasi and Daniele Conti are unavailable because of injuries, but the Serie A side otherwise have a full squad to choose from.

Possible starting XI:
Agazzi; Pisano, Canini, Astori, Agostini; Biondini, Nainggolan, Pinardi; Cossu; Acquafresca, Matri.

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30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
77Leandro RinaudoDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
26Zdenek GrygeraDefender
-Milos KrasicMidfielder
10Alberto AquilaniMidfielder
3Felipe MeloMidfielder
7Simone PepeMidfielder
-Vincenzo IaquintaStriker
1Alexander ManningerGoalkeeper
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
-J. MartínezMidfielder
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
6Nicola LegrottaglieDefender
-Mohamed Lamine SissokoMidfielder
-Alessandro Del PieroStriker
-Michael AgazziGoalkeeper
24Gabriele PericoDefender
-Michele CaniniDefender
13Davide AstoriDefender
33Alessandro AgostiniDefender
-Davide BiondiniMidfielder
23Radja NainggolanMidfielder
21Andrea LazzariMidfielder
7Andrea CossuMidfielder
12Robert AcquafrescaStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
-Ivan PelizzoliGoalkeeper
-Lorenzo AriaudoDefender
-Daniele MagliocchettiDefender
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14Francesco PisanoDefender
4Simon LanerMidfielder
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