This week, the Bianconeri split a pair of matches, losing 3-2 to Napoli on April 5th in Game 2 of the Coppa Italia Semi-finals, and defeating Chievo 2-0 on April 8th in a Serie A match. While Juve remains a comfortable 6 points ahead of second place AS Roma in the Serie A standings, they were just able to advance in the Coppa Italia.
Juventus advanced to the Coppa Italia Final on June 2nd against Lazio despite the loss Wednesday on a 5-4 aggregate, which was fueled by a 3-1 win back on February 28th. Looking ahead to the final, Juventus will be looking for their all-time leading 12th Coppa Italia title.
Last Saturday, Juventus took down Chievo 2-0 in their Serie A match. They now improve to 25-2-4 with 77 points in Serie A play. Like recent years past, Juventus has been simply dominating Serie A, as they have won the past five titles and are currently looking for their 33rd Serie A title overall. Their next opportunity to keep things going in Serie A will come on April 15th when they take on Pescara.
Tune in on April 11th as Juve has a showdown with Barcelona in Game 1 of the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals at Juventus Stadium. Juventus defender Dani Alves will take on his former club for the first time since joining Juve.
Leading up to the Champions League match with Barcelona, there was question as to if striker Mario Mandzukic would be able to play because of injury, but it is now being reported that he will be able to play. This is great news for Juve, as Mandzukic’s physicality complements the skill sets of teammates Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado very well. Juve will need to be at full strength against a Barcelona squad coming off of a loss in La Liga play.
Just a few months ago, it looked like Juve’s now beloved coach Massimiliano Allegri was going to leave for Arsenal. Now it is being reported that Allegri is on the verge of a contract extension with Juventus which will lock him in with the club until 2020, compared to his current contract which is set to expire in 2018, ending any interest with Arsenal. Allegri has really grown on fans since he first arrived to Turin in 2014, continuing Juventus’s unprecedented domestic success.