November/ December 2012 Juventus Loans and Primavera UPDATE

5 Mar

Richmond Boakye strikes again…Future Juve star in the making and a snip at 4m for one leg???

Empoli’s exciting 3-2 home success over Grosseto was marred only by the omission, even from the bench, of Juve youngsters Boniperti and Spinazzola. The latter having not played for several weeks now, the former still awaiting his debut.

The story over at Brescia, who drew 1-1 with league leaders Sassuolo, is much more heartening to read…Whilst Fausto Rossi missed out completely, dutch wizard Ouasim Buoy played almost the whole second half for the home side, continuing his fight to regain a first team place, and the performance of his opponents on the day included a solid showing for the full 90 from ghanian midfielder raman chibsah, with his countryman Richmond ‘bobo’ Boakye thumping in his fourth goal of the season during his near to 80 minutes on pitch. The pair are surely one of the main positives thus far this season, both playing regularly in the starting XI for a team deservedly leading the league…

Nicola Leali. Enduring a tough time between the sticks, yet managing to find obvious joy in offensive salutes….

What are we to make of the continued horror-show failing miserably to pass itself off as a professional football club named, some would say ridiculously, Virtus Lanciano??? Poor Nicola Leali is certainly receiving a large amount of shot stopping practice, as the team around him show as much fight as a frenchman! With another heavy defeat at the weekend (0-3 home reverse to the beastly Bari) its probably best to conclude that the young goalkeeper is not the main culprit, for if he was, why the hell would he keep starting??? A second minor positive, alongside Leali making his 11th appearance of the season, was the astonishing re-emergence of the regal one, gallic defender of the realm Prince Gouano, who not only made the bench, but also achieved his first 70 minutes of competitive action. Shamefully, as a defensive player, as with Leali, he must shoulder some of the blame for the shambles which ensued. Lets give the lad time to accustom himself once again to the light…However, a rancid debut for the youngster.

Continuing to fly the Juve youth flag high and proud at Vicenza, goalkeeper Pinsoglio and attacking midfielder Giandonato both played the whole match in the 2-1 home mauling of Novara. 

Our promising young defender, likened to Nesta by some, and to Freddy Kruger by others, (Uncle) Albert Masi made his 11th appearance of the season in Pro Vercelli’s unforgivable 0-2 loss to the formidable Crotone. Star midfielder, brazilian Gabriel Appelt missed this one, as he will likely miss most if not all games for the next 6 – 8 weeks after suffering a fractured fibula in last weekend’s loss to Modena. Surgery wasn’t required, and given how well he was playing up until then, and the vast potential he showed in brazil before arriving in Turin, lets all wish him a speedy and total recovery…’twas encouraging to see De Silvestro back in action, entering the fray for the home side to battle the last 20 minutes. 
Stepping up a level in quality of competition, Manolo Gabbadini scored the second goal from the penalty spot in Bologna’s impressive 3-0 destruction of a poor Palermo side, with Freddy ‘the iceman’ Sorensen playing the whole game and seemingly back in regular contention after a lengthy period out of the first team. Christian Pasquato was not even named amongst the subs, and is surely set to be found a new home come January…
Losing the Derby di Genova, 3-1 to former Juve great Ciro Ferrara’s struggling Sampdoria side, Ciro Immobile can take pride from scoring Genoa’s consolation goal as the striker started and finished the match yet again on the defeated side.

Which leaves us the primavera, who have finally found something close to top gear, climbing up to 2nd in the league over the last fortnight, now placed 8 points behind runaway leaders Fiorentina, albeit with a game in hand… the First game of this period was the 0-1 victory over Siena, the winner scored by none other than Simone Pepe.
Team v Siena>
Laurentiu Branescu – Pol García, Jacob Laursen(Mattiello 46’), Filippo Penna, Daniele Rugani – Elvis Kabashi, Simone Pepe¹, Andrea Schiavone, Vykintas Slivka – Zoran Josipovic¹, Léo(Padovan 58’)
GOALS- Pepe ’84 (PEN)

Followed up with a 2-0 victory at home over Novara.
Team v Novara>
Laurentiu Branescu – Pol García, Hördur Björgvin Magnússon, Daniele Rugani – Elvis Kabashi, Federico Mattiello, Giuseppe Ruggiero, Andrea Schiavone, Vykintas Slivka – Stefano Beltrame(Laursen 69’), Stefano Padovan
Beltrame 11’
Padovan 41’

With several key players returning strongly from injury and suspension, the form of the primavera has drastically improved. As it must continue to do so, if we are to continue to chase Fiorentina in the league, and also progress in the NextGen tournament…in which presently we are sitting pretty in second spot of Group 2, holding a game in hand over Man City in 3rd who lie 3 points as well as position in the table behind us. In 1st currently are PSG, like us having played just 4 games, but a point ahead of us. Our final two games are both away, firstly to bottom of the table on a paltry two points Fenerbahce on the 5/12, and then finally locking horns with PSG on 19/12.


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