Juve back home with renewed zest

SaturdayCagliari     vs     Catania    19:00    US Pescara     vs     Juventus    21:45

Cagliari     vs     Catania    19:00    US Pescara     vs     Juventus    21:45

Palermo     vs     Sampdoria    13:30    Torino     vs     Bologna    16:00    Milan     vs     Fiorentina
Genoa     vs     Napoli
Lazio     vs     AS Roma
Parma     vs     Siena
Chievo     vs     Udinese
Atalanta     vs     Inter        21:45
ROME - Four goals in Champions League action were Juventus’ response to a defeat against Inter Milan that has weakened their leading position in the Italian Serie A.

Three days after losing 3-1 to the second-placed Nerazzurri, Juve crushed Nordsjaelland 4-0 on Wednesday to keep the knock-out phase of the elite tournament in their sights.

Back at home, the reigning champions lead on 28 points, but saw Inter move within one point after stopping their run of 49 unbeaten games.

The win over the Danes ended another run, being Juve’s first success after nine draws in international games.

“After the defeat with Inter, some disappointment was normal because we wanted to keep the unbeaten record going,” Claudio Marchisio, who opened the scoring against the Danes, told Sky TV.

Saturday’s visit to promoted Pescara should allow Juve to complete their recovery, while Inter look to keep up pressure when they close the weekend late Sunday in a regional derby with Atalanta.

With seven straight wins in the Serie A, and two in the Europa League, Inter are the team of the moment.

But young coach Andrea Stramaccioni said that “our heads aren’t spinning after the win against the Bianconeri.”

Stramaccioni tried instead to stay focussed on Thursday’s game at Partizan Belgrade, which could pave the way to the knock-out stage in the Europa League.

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