It’s been seven years since Juventus won Serie B at a canter with the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Alessandro Del Piero, Pavel Nedved and David Trezeguet helping the Old Lady bounce straight back from an enforced relegation amid the Calciopoli scandal.
In a country with such a deep and unfortunate history of corruption and allegation, as well as a traditional mistrust of officials, it’s perhaps no surprise that the insinuations linger longingly in the back of the mind. But today is it not just a clever ploy from rival Coaches to try to disturb the success of a run-away opponent?
Napoli Coach Rafa Benitez’s insistence last week that ‘it can happen’ when facing Juve, and , opened up an age-old can of worms. There can be no doubting that the denial of Duvan Zapata’s equaliser for a foul on Buffon was an incorrect call, and that博狗网 the incidents Benitez further referred to in his post-match interview certainly gave the Girlfriend of Italy the benefit of the doubt.
There are past examples to have set off similar rhetoric. In October, Juve’s winning goal against Roma came with Arturo Vidal standing in an offside position blocking the view of ’keeper Lukasz Skorupski. Meanwhile, Juve Coach Max Allegri had his own reasons to feel bitter almost three years ago 菠菜导航when his then-Milan team hosted the Bianconeri in a title-race match at San Siro. Sulley Muntari headed over the line, only for the officials to claim Buffon had clawed the ball away before it had gone in. Replays highlighted it was an incorrect call, and out came the chants: ‘Sapete solo rubare’ – ‘you only know how to steal’.
Benitez is the latest in a line of Juve adversaries to point the finger of blame at officials for their inability to topple the Turin giants. , whilst . “Juventus ought to have their own League, as by hook or by crook they always win,” the No 10 told reporters after that 3-2 defeat. “Are we back to the same doubts? I am not the only one saying this, as these are things everyone in Italy should discuss.”
Contrary to such complaints, however, there is nothing to suggest the Bianconeri are the only side to benefit from fortune. Torino Coach Giampiero Ventura was left to lament the ‘shocking injustice’ of his side's 1-0 defeat to Napoli at the end of last season after Gonzalo Higuain appeared to trip defender Kamil Glik in the build-up to his winning goal, contact Higuain admitted in a post-match interview.
Roma, too have been given their fair share of fortunate decisions in recent times, not least
With the Old Lady marching on towards yet another title, off-field politics continue to hog the sports headlines. Whilst Juventus are continuing to dominate on the field, the doubts of old will always stick around to haunt them. Meanwhile, their challengers will continue to try t轮盘骰宝o gain any psychological advantage they can. Unfortunately for the rest, Juventus have heard it all before.