Happy Birthday Gianluigi Buffon

In a world where popularity means more than actual ability and, in a month when fans hope their clubs will buy the latest young superstar in the transfer market, Gianluigi Buffon celebrating his 40th birthday reminds us that sometimes, the good guys with an enduring legacy win.

Unlike so many icons before him, Buffon has exploited his ego for good and dumped aside all the negative residue. There is nothing he enjoys more than playing between the sticks for Juventus and Italy before that, but aware of his age and the impact it can have on his performances, he's keen to not outstay his welcome as No. 1.

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Juventus defeat Genoa 1-0 - Player Ratings


In a match void of intensity and great play, Juventus defeated Genoa, 1-0, on Monday to collect all three points and keep up the pace with Napoli ahead of them in the Serie A table.

Scoring an early goal yet again, Juventus were in control for much of the first half as their opponents struggled with containing Juve's front line. Focused on their defensive duties, Genoa couldn't produce any danger in the first half.

A little tactical tweaking from Davide Ballardini in the second half saw the Rossoblu crank up the pressure and play with greater ambition, playing further upfield in hopes of creating opportunities.

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Juventus face Genoa next


Juventus host Genoa on Monday evening in their first game after the winter break. With Napoli defeating Atalanta to record another three points, Massimiliano Allegri is keen to ensure that his side perform to expectations to keep up the pace with the league leaders ahead of them.

It won't be easy, and Allegri has made that very clear. Juventus have a habit of excelling when building momentum but tend to falter after a break. In fact, Juve have lost both matches after coming back from International break this season to prove that very point.

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Is Dybala truly the phenomenon a big club needs?


When Paulo Dybala received the ball in Barcelona's box, the threat was not immediately apparent, but in a flash the Argentine forward spun on the spot and with his left foot curled the ball into the far bottom corner.

The Juventus stadium erupted into delirium.

When Dybala is unleashed, dribbling with the ball at his feet as he kneads together play in the final third, he is simply mesmeric. Playing between the lines and delivering perfect through balls and audacious goals, few in football can produce the tantalising performances he can, or manipulate the ball as he does.Make no mistake, 'La Joya' ('the jewel') as the 24-year-old is dubbed in Spanish, is a phenomenon… sometimes.

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Juventus defeat Cagliari 1-0 - Player ratings


Juventus were not at their best but still managed to defeat Cagliari 1-0 on Saturday evening, albeit controversially.

Juventus started the match well but Cagliari refused to lie down and roll over, playing an excellent match that perhaps should have ensured they walk away with something. Utilising their pace and creating several key chances, Juve were left rattled and forced to count on Wojciech Szczesny.

The Old Lady did eventually get the goal in what was a physical second half but it came...

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"Seven goals and a funeral" - Valencia's rise


"Seven goals and a funeral" ran the headline of Spanish newspaper Marca after Barcelona defeated Valencia in the first leg of the Copa del Rey in February 2016.

"Ridiculous" was how Superdeporte described it, downright humiliating was how the rest of the world viewed it. Thrashed 7-0, it was clear this was a club spiralling out of control and that Gary Neville was not the man to rescue them.

Fast forward 21 months and Valencia are second in La Liga and surprising everyone by proving to be Barcelona's closest title rivals. The two sides meet on Sunday (19:45 GMT) - the acid test of Valencia's unlikely title credentials.

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Can Paulo Dybala handle the Number 10 shirt?

"We have to turn over a new leaf, think of the next match and be aware that we must become more mature, because what we saw tonight was a small-team mentality," explained Paulo Dybala after Juventus' 3-2 loss to Lazio in the Supercoppa Italiana.

Donning the No. 10 jersey for the first time, Dybala is keen to live up to what is expected from a player with that shirt number. While the youngster did admit he too didn't play so well on Sunday evening despite going on to score a brace to briefly level things out, he is the player whose mentality causes the most concern.

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Leonardo Bonucci's departure sad but understandable

No sooner had Juventus fans started celebrating the arrival of Douglas Costa than rumours gathered that beloved defender Leonardo Bonucci was being targeted by Milan and a transfer was likely. In a sceptical world full of fake news, Italians laughed. They knew better. A transfer to Chelsea and a reunion with Antonio Conte, maybe, but Milan? Never. "I was the black and white sheep of a house full of Inter supporters," explained a young Bonucci when he first arrived to Turin to start his adventure.

Juventus pulled off another transfer market masterstroke when they opted to invested in little Leo, a Juventino since childhood. Although he was derided by the critics who warned that his partner Andrea Ranocchia was the better between the two defenders, Juve knew better. Never a club that invests in talent alone but in the man, the Old Lady recognised that glint in Bonucci's eye. He was a born winner and he would lead his club to glory.

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Douglas Costa is Juve's

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Making their first big signing of the summer, Juventus captured Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich in an effort to improve their attacking play next season.

Juve have often been linked to, and even purchased, great talents, but Costa belongs to the small pool of elite footballers who will undoubtedly raise the level at the club. Labelled as "one of the best wingers in the world" by none other than Pep Guardiola, Costa boasts high technical qualities, sensational ability in one-on-one situations and explosive pace. Tactically intelligent, he exploits space well, can play with either foot and boasts a strong shot.

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Juventus defeat Monaco with an Higuain brace - Player Ratings

The audacious Juventus machines continue to churn out exciting results, defeating Monaco 2-0 in their Champions League first-leg semifinal to make the return leg in Turin a more comfortable prospect.

Playing with confidence due to their experience, Juventus started the match well as their opponent surrendered to nerves. A vertical side who love to run down the channels, Monaco struggled to pierce Juventus and had a difficult time finding alternate ways to attack.

However, the home side did have their chances but -- with Gianluigi Buffon relied upon to clean up any mistakes and Dani Alves playing like the perfect attacker -- Juventus made the most of their chances with Gonzalo Higuain scoring a brace.

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Previewing Monaco - Juventus in the Champions League

Europe's most-prolific attack is set to face the continent's stingiest defence as Monaco host Juventus in the Champions League semifinal on Wednesday evening.

Having attacked their way into the hearts of many neutrals, Monaco are blessed with talent, electrifying pace and youthful vitality. With two incredibly gifted squads set to face off, the real battle might just be between two tacticians who deserve to be praised for what they have achieved with their respective sides in the past few seasons.

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Juventus draw 2-2 with Atalanta - Player Ratings

Up against a vivacious and determined Atalanta side, Juventus could only manage a 2-2 draw on Friday, conceding a last-minute goal to provoke Massimiliano Allegri's ire.

A wasted first half, Juventus barely showed any determination in the first 45 minutes, squandering possession cheaply and gifting the opponents several opportunities. Atalanta by contrast, played with intensity and pace, overwhelming Juventus and grabbing the opening goal just before the end of the first half.

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Monaco looms as Juventus prepare for Atalanta

Italian federation president Carlo Tavecchio, former Old Lady boss Marcello Lippi and club legend Stefano Tacconi all believe Juventus are in with a great chance of winning the Treble this campaign. In fact, the latter believes they've already reached the finals before a ball has even been kicked. Everyone seems to be on board the Juve bandwagon, believing this side will achieve what they have sought for so many years now.

So is there any surprise that Massimiliano Allegri arrived at his pre-match conference with a clear desire to state the side has not won anything yet? The only trophy Juve look near certain to win is the league title due to the eight-point gap between them and Roma but Lazio will be a difficult side to beat in the Coppa Italia final, while Champions League semifinal opponent Monaco are being frighteningly underestimated.

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Juventus 4-0 Genoa - Player Ratings

A complete performance, Juventus defeated Genoa 4-0 to collect their 33rd consecutive Serie A homd win, edging ever closer to another league title.

Il Secolo XIX had dubbed this match "Mission Impossible" for Genoa noting that only a paranormal phenomenon akin to catching a "wave of green lights" or "finding parking downtown during rush hour" can halt the Old Lady in her tracks. 

Playing with confidence and intensity, Juventus approached this game with the right attitude and made their superiority count as they overwhelmed Genoa and struck early to show their intent. 

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Looking ahead to Monaco and Genoa

Having dumped Barcelona out of the Champions League, barely celebrating the occasion, Juventus are concentrated on the task at hand. A side currently outplaying the best teams in Europe, Juve have what it takes to win the treble this season, as long as they maintain their humility and focus.

Drawing Monaco -- a celebrated team of exciting youngsters -- in the Champions League semifinals, Juventus must ensure they do not underestimate a side accused of lacking experience. Having managed 90 goals in 32 league matches, Leonardo Jardim's side is wickedly offensive, scoring goals with wild abandon.

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