Wednesday, March 1, 2023 – 8:32 PM
From Ahmed Zahran.
ABU DHABI, March 1, 2020, with a quadruple in the Turin derby, Juventus continued its awakening and crawled towards the first positions in the Italian league table to maintain its hopes of participating in European championships next season, despite the punishment imposed on the team this season and preventing it from competing for the title.
Juventus defeated its neighbor Turin 4-2 in the city derby in the 24th round of the Italian League, so that the team continues its launch towards the qualifying centers for the European Championships next season.
The victory over Turin was the fourth in a row for Juventus in the competition this season, and the team raised its score to 35 points to advance from eighth to seventh place, 6 points behind Atalanta, who lost to Milan 0-2 in this round.
Juventus also took advantage of Rome’s 1-2 loss against Cremonese yesterday, Tuesday, in the same round, to reduce the difference with it to 9 points, before the upcoming confrontation between the two teams next Sunday in the 25th round of the competition.
The victory over Turin yesterday was a continuation of a fruitful uprising presented by Juventus in the local league last February, after the team suffered two major shocks last January.
The penalty that the team was subjected to by deducting 15 points from its balance in the current season, due to the presence of violations in the player deals concluded by the team, had dropped Juventus from the advanced positions to the middle of the competition table.
While the team’s meager results in the competition during last January caused its score to decline significantly, but the team achieved the full mark in February and won all the matches it played in local competitions in February, including 4 league matches and its match against Lazio in the Italian Cup quarter-finals.
The team also tied with French Nantes 1-1 in the first leg and beat it 3-0 in the second leg in the “knockout” role in the European League competition.
It is worth noting that deducting the 15 points from Juventus prevented the team from being currently in second place, with a difference of 3 points in front of Inter Milan and Milan, who are currently sharing second place in the competition table, with 47 points each.
These victories were not the only gain for Juventus in February, but the team was also reassured of important players for it before going through the decisive and difficult stages of the season, which begins with the meeting with Rome on Sunday in the league and Sampdoria and Inter Milan in the league on March 12 and 19.
The team had reassured its brilliant Argentine player, Angel Di Maria, after scoring 3 goals (a hat-trick) in the Nantes match, and Frenchman Paul Pogba returned to participate with the team for the first time by meeting Turin after a long absence due to injury.
Also in March, Juventus will face the German team Freiburg back and forth in the round of 16 of the European League competition.
Muhammad Nabil Abu Taha / Ahmed Zahran / Asim Al-Khouli
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