Juventus gunning for derby glory

SaturdayJuventus     vs    Torino    21:45 SundayNapoli     vs     US Pescara    13:30    Bologna     vs     Atalanta    16:00 Udinese     vs     Cagliari

Juventus     vs    Torino    21:45

Napoli     vs     US Pescara    13:30    Bologna     vs     Atalanta    16:00
Udinese     vs     Cagliari
Genoa     vs     Chievo
Inter     vs     Palermo
Lazio     vs     Parma
Siena     vs     AS Roma
Fiorentina     vs     Sampdoria    21:45   

ROME - Leaders Juventus will be eyeing a swift return to winning ways in Serie A after suffering their second defeat of the season against AC Milan.

The Turin club fell to a 1-0 defeat against the Rossoneri to see their lead at the summit cut to two points by Napoli.

A derby against Torino awaits Juve on Saturday, and club director Beppe Marotta has issued a rallying cry to his players in a bid to reverse a sequence that has seen them win just once in their last four Serie A outings.

“Last year we won the championship with our never-say-die attitude,’’ Marotta said.  “From there we’ve continued our positive run and we’re still top of the league as it stands.

We know that we’ve got experienced competition and we can’t help but acknowledge the value of our opposition. The title race is open and it’s our duty to believe we can do it.’’

Juve’s nearest challengers Napoli stepped up their title challenge with a 1-0 win at Cagliari last weekend.

Marek Hamsik scoring the only goal in that match, and the Slovakian has called on his side to continue in the same vein throughout December, starting with Sunday’s home encounter with rock-bottom Pescara.

Third-placed Fiorentina are defending an eight-match unbeaten run and will hope to continue exerting pressure on the leaders when they play host to Sampdoria.


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