Old grudges in classic Juve, Roma match

SaturdayParma     vs     Milan        18:00    Juventus     vs     AS Roma    20:45    SundayUdinese     vs     Genoa        12:30Bologna     vs     Catania        15:00

Parma     vs     Milan        18:00    Juventus     vs     AS Roma    20:45    Sunday
Udinese     vs     Genoa        12:30
Bologna     vs     Catania        15:00
Palermo     vs     Chievo
Sampdoria     vs     Napoli
Cagliari     vs     US Pescara
Lazio     vs     Siena
Atalanta     vs     Torino
Inter     vs     Fiorentina    20:45

ROME - Leaders Juventus and Roma face off late on Saturday in Turin in a potential grudge match which is the highlight of the weekend’s Serie A programme.

The traditional rivalry gathered steam this season with the return of Zdenek Zeman on the bench of Rome’s Giallorossi.

While at Roma in 1998, the maverick Czech coach hinted at a possible use of performance-enhancing drugs from Juve players, which led to a trial in which Juve’s team doctor and director general were acquitted in 2007. Old memories aside, Zeman fuelled angered Juve lately as he said that, in his opinion, suspended coaches should not be allowed to train their team.

The reference was obviously about Juve’s Antonio Conte, who this season is sidelined - only from games, according to sports rules - for failing to report an attempted match-fixing case while he was at Siena in 2011.

Conte, who was among the many Juve players questioned in the trial, will be in the stands at the Juventus Stadium, while his assistant Massimo Carrera, also a former Bianconero, steers the players on the pitch.

Mid-week action saw Juve slow down after four straight wins and draw 0-0 at Fiorentina, allowing Napoli to draw level at the top on 13 points as Edinson Cavani’s hat-trick downed Lazio 3-0.

“(On Tuesday) it was a difficult game,” international defender Giorgio Chiellini tweeted, “but in the end we managed to retain our unbeaten record (of 44 games).”


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