They hoped it would be easy. They hoped they would glide their way to another victory to boost their confidence. Yet on Friday evening, in front of their own fans, Juventus suffered against a determined Atalanta side who, against the run of play, opened the scoring. The Old Lady won in the end but not as comprehensively as she would have hoped.
For one thing, Stefano Colantuono has constructed a determined side that possess the right spirit. They may have conceded a lot of space to Juventus, which is unusual for them, but they showed courage going forward and were intelligent in profiting from Juve's obvious flaw -- the slowing down of pace in the final third.
This particular point irks the critics. Juventus will push and move men forward, but just at a time when the opponent is not yet organised and swift play is required...
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