Muscle injuries at Juve and Italy

This was supposed to be Juventus' greatest season yet. A cynical side renowned for their cunning tactics and impenetrable defence, the Old Lady splashed the cash over the summer in hopes of introducing more offensive beauty to the side to ensure European success. Four months on and Juventus are fighting against the wave of deafening criticism.

Ravaged by injuries, Massimiliano Allegri has not only struggled to perfect the attack and integrate the newcomers, he has also lost the solidity at the back, conceding 12 goals in 14 games. That is one more than this time last season, when Juve sat in 5th place in the table.

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