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Coppa Quarters: Man Down


Momentum is a fragile thing that’s quite advantageous in work and play. With our team’s disastrous start to 2011, it’s safe to say that the team’s in the midst of trying to rebuild some of that momentum that served us so well late last year. With good performances against Catania in the Coppa, and a few bright spots against Bari and Sampdoria, Juventus will need to be at their best tonight against Roma in order to inject a much needed sense of belief in the players and fans alike.

Vincenzo Iaquinta has been declared fit for tomorrow’s game against Roma, and takes his place in the squad following a recent injury layoff. Del Neri named his 20 man selection after completing this afternoon’s final preparations in Vinovo, confirming that Gianluigi Buffon will be rested for the tie. The 20 selected are as follows:

2 Motta
3 Chiellini
4 Felipe Melo
5 Sissoko
6 Grosso
8 Marchisio
9 Iaquinta
10 Del Piero
11 Amauri
13 Manninger
14 Aquilani
19 Bonucci
21 Grygera
23 Pepe
25 Martinez
27 Krasic
30 Storari
31 Costantino
38 Libertazzi
43 Sorensen

No Barzagli yet, we’ll have to wait until Sunday against Udinese maybe to see what he’s about. Since Legrottaglie wasn’t called-up, you can be sure he’s on his way to either Brescia or Cesena by now. If Nicola wanted elsewhere in search of playing time, this move for Andrea at €300,000 until 2013 with another €600,000 based on sporting accomplishments works for me.

Also, as I’m sure most of you know already, Aaron will be taking some time off so I’m officially looking for a partner(s). My schedule is one that really fluctuates in terms of free-time from one week to the next so despite my best efforts to fill the rather large empty shoes Aaron leaves behind, I know I’ll need some help. So if any of you want to give it a go for a couple weeks, send your emails to juventus[at]theoffside[dot]com and I’ll get you set-up and teach you the ropes. No need to write an essay, just drop your name and a little about yourself and that’s that.