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Football results are improving but Juve is not back yet

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Football – Champions League – Group H – Juventus v Malmo FF – Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy – December 8, 2021 Juventus players celebrate after the REUTERS / Massimo Pinca match

December 9, 2021

By Peter Hall

(Dan Tri) – In a season with many ups and downs, three consecutive wins without conceding in all competitions is a positive for Juventus ahead of their trip to Venice on Saturday, but their performance is still going strong. cause concern.

Massimiliano Allegri’s return to Juve for a second time as a coach has not gone according to plan, with the Old Lady currently 11 points behind leaders AC Milan.

However, that gap has narrowed in recent weeks, with consecutive wins and a 1-0 win over Malmo in the Champions League.

Tuesday’s win over Sweden left supporters feeling frustrated, however, it was the team’s waste in front of goal and inability to pressurize.

Allegri was fully aware that all was not well.

“In the group (Champions League) there is Chelsea, the European champions, and we still deserve first place,” said Allegri.

“Now we have to think about the tournament, because tonight’s performance will not be enough to face Venice at the weekend.”

Serie A leaders Milan did not enjoy a positive result in Europe when they were eliminated from the Champions League after losing to Liverpool at home.

Their league form has been much more positive as they pursue their first Scudetto since the 2010-11 season, with last weekend’s win over Salernitana taking them to the top for the first time this season ahead of their third visit. Seven to Udinese.

Injuries, however, are becoming an issue. With a host of key players on the bench, Denmark defender Simon Kjaer dealt another blow to coach Stefano Pioli after he was sidelined for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury.

Champions Inter Milan have quietly returned to the title race, winning four in a row in Serie A to move ahead of Napoli in second, two points behind city rivals, with Cagliari next at San Siro.

Napoli, who have lost two of their last four unbeaten in their opening 12 games this season, host Empoli on Sunday and the in-form Atalanta will travel to Hellas Verona.

(Reporting by Peter Hall, editing by Ed Osmond)

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