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Fresh off a very impressive feat in the Champions League, Juventus now turn their attention back to domestic affairs as they take on Genoa.

Not only did the Bianconeri beat Barcelona, but they did so without conceding a single goal. The Blaugrana were perhaps hoping to pull off another comeback like they did against PSG, who won the first leg 4-0 only to lose 6-1. However, Juventus are way more defensively solid than Les Parisiens, and whilst the ambitious, cash-rich club showed naïveté at Camp Nou, there was none of that for Massimiliano Allegri’s side. They put in a wonderful defensive performance to shut down Lionel Messi & Co. and deservedly booked their spot in the semi-finals as the only side to keep a clean sheet over 180 minutes.

Two games now separate them from the final, something that Juventus have wanted to finally establish themselves as among Europe’s elite. Until then, however, it’s back to Serie A duty as they welcome Genoa. Interestingly, the last time the two sides met, the Grifone shocked Juve by beating them 3-1, but lots has happened since then.

At that point in time, Genoa were still viewed as dark horses for a European spot. Now they are in the bottom half of the table, and the only reason they aren’t in the relegation spots is due to the struggles of Pescara, Palermo, and Crotone.

Ivan Juric’s back on the bench after making a return post his sacking; Andrea Mandorlini just did not cut it for the struggling side. The Croatian tactician marked his return by managing a draw against Lazio, but they are taking on a side who have no problems with scoring – nor keeping their opponents quiet.
In addition, Genoa do not have a good traveling record. Juventus, meanwhile, are still the only side in Serie A to lose at home, after Fiorentina lost shockingly to Empoli last weekend, and a straightforward three points seem to be in order for the Serie A champs as they chase a Treble this term.

 

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