We managed to defeat Bari in what was a subpar display from our defense once again. The one positive I think we can all take is the return of Gigi Buffon. To have a champion return after so much time off and play a decent game through rarely tested is very important for the club going forward. We know that we need to obtain a striker, but I am closer to the idea that we should reinforce the back just as Moggi has been instructing us to do. Who can we buy? Well Greg Van der Wiel is my pick and I hope we can work that out.
Transfer talk is just that as it is all talk. We can speculate all we want, but we won't know until a deal is set in stone.
Sampdoria is next up for our Vecchia Signora and this is no easy test. Kiko Macheda has just scored his first goal for Samp since his arrival during the Coppa Italia clash with Udinese. Giampaolo Pazzini is making positive strides to rediscovering his form and will need to put on a powerful performance if he is to convince the Juventus board to make him the primary attacking option for the summer. So the strikers will pose the biggest threat on our Juve and have the ability to make the difference. Stefano Guberti is making great strides to cement himself in the starting 11 and Ziegler has been gaining a lot of praise in Europe. Curci played brilliantly in Week 2 when we finished 3-3 and is looking poised to put up another solid performance.
Let's look at this from our side of the spectrum now. Aquilani is hopefully going to be beaming on the pitch after his brilliant volley-goal for victory against Bari. Marchisio and Aquilani will be the center of the park partners for Juve come the weekend and that is a very attractive partnership for Prandelli to take a closer look at. Up top we can expect to see Alex and Amauri as Del Neri has already announced he wants to give Amauri another chance to shine. Do I agree? No. Plain and simple as I am sure many of you would agree that Amauri would be better off watering the grass at Vinovo. Simone Pepe and Milos Krasic will likely man the wings although I am the person calling to see Martinez get his chance on the left to give us more creativity.
Defensively it will likely be Grosso-Chiellini-Bonucci-Sorensen which is what has been working and Del Neri should have never tampered with that. Buffon in net so no concern there.
I feel we can come out of this game with a 2-1 victory and it will likely be decided on an Alex drawn penalty. We can be hopeful at least to get some help from the rest of the league as we aim to climb back into the Top 4.