Dortmund 1-3 Juventus: Amauri & Iaquinta Whet the Bianconeri’s Appetite, Champions League Teams Beware!

Milan have Ronaldinho, Inter have Mourinho, Roma have squat (for now at least), and Juve have pre-season form. That and Amauri, the tall & skilled Brazilian (soon-to-be Italian, hopefully) some Juventini did not even want back in May. I hope JuveAlessio is eating his words now, because the ex-Palermo striker has been absolutely on fire in July pre-season matches. In fact, I’ll even dare say he’s the best money Alessio Secco ever spent, since he took over at Juve. That and Momo Sissoko’s (and hopefully soon, Christian Poulsen).

Not only that, but competition for a spot seems to be doing great things for La Vecchia Signora: Vincenzo Iaquinta (another player thought to be on the verge of leaving) also keeps scoring, while his partnership with Amauri grows better by the minute. Del Piero and Trezeguet ought to watch out, but Juventus supporters should refrain from getting too excited however. Remember what everyone was saying about Ibrahimovic-Suazo last year? And we all know what happened to Suazo…

(From Gazzetta): DORTMUND (Germany), 27 July 2008 – It’s a shame this was only a friendly and not the UEFA Champions League, because Juventus showed in Dortmund today they are in great form and playing well. Extremely well. The 3-1 win over their hosts, Borussia Dortmund, was truly convincing: a victory which displayed a good overall performance and above all the strength of the attack. Amauri (who is fitting in well) opened the scoring, while  Iaquinta’s double sealed the win after the break, leaving Juve manager Claudio Ranieri with a squad-selection problem for future matches: between Amauri, Del Piero, Iaquinta and Trezeguet, who’s going to be left out?

In front of the 50,000 supporters of Westfalenstadion, Juve were particularly strong in the first half. Though still far from optimal fitness compared to their opponents (and despite the heat), the bianconeri started well and conceded very few chances. Ranieri had selected Buffon in goal, behind Grygera, Mellberg, Chiellini and Molinaro, with Camoranesi, Sissoko, C.Zanetti and Nedved in midfield behind Amauri and Trezeguet up front. As early as the 4th minute Juve were showing the right approach, with a great left-footed shot from Pavel Nedved, turned behind for a corner by Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller. Amauri’s goal came just a minute later: a great creative move from Camoranesi, who passed to the right for Grygera who immediately put in a low cross to the unmarked striker for an easy tap-in. 1-0 Juventus.

Dortmund reacted immediately with a fierce shot by Kuba in minute 9 (well saved by Gigi Buffon), and some defensive uncertainties by Molinaro left the Juve defense a bit open on the left-wing, but overall Momo Sissoko and Cristiano Zanetti were being real rocks in the center of midfield, controlling the play and giving the home side real problems. After 14 minutes Juve nearly doubled their lead thanks to a killer volley by David Trezeguet (provided by a Molinaro cross), but the ball finished just wide. In minute 22, it was Dortmund’s turn to get a chance to equalise but Florian Kringe was guilty of a shocking miss from a great position. From then on the match seemed to reach a stalling period, as Mellberg and Chiellini closed down everything at the back, while counterattacks from Nedved, Amauri and Trezeguet began to fade.

After the break there were changes on both sides, most notably Vincenzo Iaquinta and Alessandro Del Piero on for Amauri and Trezeguet. Dortmund ran into problems straight away: after a precision assist from Nedved, Iaquinta beat the keeper with a great chip, but saw his effort scrambled off the line by defenders. Juve’s second however came 6 minutes after the restart, stemming from yet another Nedved cross for Iaquinta, who scored with a comfortable header from the centre of the area. 2-0 Juventus. The German defence was partly at fault but the Bianconeri’s movements at this point were excellent. Dortmund could respond only with long range shots from Buckley which demanded relatively straightforward saves from Buffon.

By then, Juve were in control, closing down all openings (with good performances from Salihamidzic and Legrottaglie) but never giving up on the attack, seizing every chance as it presented itself. Such as in minute 62, when Del Piero found Iaquinta unmarked in front of the keeper, who however managed the save. Or on minute 75, when Christian Poulsen (yes, you have read that correctly!) executed a perfectly weighted aerial pass for Vincenzo Iaquinta, right in the front of the box. The Calabria-born striker instantly controlled the ball and chipped it over the keeper for a spectacular third goal. 3-0 Juventus. A minute later Dortmund won a penalty after a confused move in the Juventus area (Knezevic foul on Santana), which lead to Kruska’s 3-1. Claudio Ranieri and the Bianconeri fans should however be delighted with the team’s hard work: Juventus is on the right track for their return to the UEFA Champions League.


[Match Highlights]
Juventus F.C.
GOALSCORERS: 5’ Amauri (J), 51’, 75’ Iaquinta (J), 78’ pen. Kruska (D)
DORTMUND (4-4-2) Weidenfeller – Santana, Subotic, Kovac, Dede (46’ Schmelzer) – Kuba (46’ Klimowicz), Kruska, Hajnal (56’ Gordon), Kringe (46’ Buckley) – Federico (66’ Hillenbrand), Petric (46’ Valdez).Coach: Jürgen Klopp.
JUVENTUS (4-4-2) Buffon (70’ Chimenti) – Grygera (46’ Knezevic), Mellberg (46’ Legrottaglie), Chiellini (46’ Zebina), Molinaro (62’ F.Rossi) – Camoranesi (46’ Marchionni), Sissoko (70’ Poulsen), C.Zanetti (46’ Ekdal), Nedved (62’ Salihamidzic) – Trezeguet (46’ Del Piero), Amauri (46’ Iaquinta).Coach: Claudio Ranieri.


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  • 10 Responses to “Dortmund 1-3 Juventus: Amauri & Iaquinta Whet the Bianconeri’s Appetite, Champions League Teams Beware!”

    1. alessio says:

      I’d still rather have had a great midfielder+defender than Amauri. Ranieri still has no idea how to incorporate all of our strikers and we shipped out yet another youth product. Don’t get me wrong, I’m down with Amauri now that he’s here. But our left-flank and center mid still are underwhelming. Decent, but underwhelming.

    2. But our left-flank and center mid still are underwhelming.

      You only say that because you think Molinaro’s worthless :) which is where you and I differ. He’s actually improved his crossing considerably lately… and there’s always that old fox Pavel Nedved on our left, how is that underwhelming?

      Center mid I’m not worried. Sissoko = :cool: :cool: :cool: , Zanetti = :cool: :cool: :cool: and Poulsen has shown he might have Pirlo-esque qualities.

    3. alessio says:

      Haha, I don’t know how you can think Molinaro is good. I can find 4-5 instances off the top of my head where he just flat out made a big error. Against Genoa, a Zambrotta-style backheader to Buffon easily intercepted, against Milan he just stood there and watched Inzaghi get a tap-in from Kaka’, etc. His crossing has improved, THANK GOD. And he’s playing decent pre-season. But against CL teams I have little faith, he could easily-self destruct. He had a few good games this season but maybe it’s concentration lapses.

      Sissoko, Zanetti and Poulsen are all quality midfielders. But can any of them really pass? Poulsen had that nice one but it remains to see if he can thread passes around other than do some long balls. Hoping for Marchisio to step on the plate on this one, just as I’m hoping for De Ceglie to oust Molinaro, unless he makes some rapid improvements. Pavel is god and I’d never disrespect him. He spent too much time this season backtracking to save Molinaro’s ass.

    4. Dear me… asking if Cristiano Zanetti can pass is like asking if Del Piero can take free kicks… you’re kidding right? :razz:

      And more than Marchisio, I think we both forgot a certain Sebastian Giovinco. If something is lacking in Juve’s central midfield, it certainly isn’t quality.

    5. alessio says:

      C.Zanetti had some terrific passes this season, but they were mostly long balls. He is a great all around mostly-defensive midfielder, but I can’t imagine him dictating play, and with our forwards we need ‘em.

      Giovinco’s an interesting situation. Is he going to play CM? I’ll admit I did not catch him too much this season, only the two Empoli games or so. My question about him playing CM is he seems too small to be able to play defense, and we know Ranieri loves a CM who defends. CAM I have no doubt he could play, but I’m not as sure about CM. That’s why I don’t really see him as heir to Nedved on the left, even if he replaces him it won’t be a like-for-like swap.

    6. Well… dictating play is kinda what C.Zanetti did last season though. Not Del Piero-style (in the sense of playmaking), but most of Juve’s offensives forward ran through his feet, be it direct passes towards the strikers (especially those killer long balls) or down the flanks for Camo and Nedved.

      As for Giovinco, he’s no CM by any stretch of the imagination. Some sites even list him as a second striker, but in reality he’s a trequartista (or CAM if you prefer) that plays behind the offence. That’s how he played at Empoli last season and that’s how he plays for the U21 squad. Question is: does he have the maturity for a starting role just yet, the answer to which is probably no. Yet Ranieri will surely find it useful to have someone like him that can play as a “natural” trequartista (unlike Camo, who has to “adapt” to that role when Juve are playing a diamond formation).

      And no, he’s not a heir to Nedved. Different roles.

    7. alessio says:

      I know Zanetti did the passing, but we rarely moved up the middle. Tiago was supposed to be our killer passer, but obviously he didn’t pan out so well. Zanetti is a great player, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not a good idea to try and make him our playmaker.

      100% agreed on Giovinco.

    8. By the way, since you mentioned the “heir to Nedved” perhaps you are confusing Giovinco with Albin Ekdal. He‘s the one newspapers have spotted as a possible replacement for Furia Ceca, even though technically he’s more of a center player (CAM).

    9. alessio says:

      No, I didn’t think that. I don’t think either are proper heirs to Nedved, I just brought that up because a lot of fellow Juventini I know think he’ll be Nedved’s heir, at least at the left wing position. His build and style of play are completely different.

      Ekdal has been very interesting this pre-season..Primavera or loan do you think?

    10. Primavera is very unlikely (and I don’t think the player will take it kindly). He’ll be either loaned out or kept on the team, and my guess is that Ranieri will keep him (à la Ruben Olivera, though hopefully he’ll get to play a little bit more).

      With all these youngsters around though (De Ceglie, Marchisio, Giovinco… and Fausto Rossi, whom I’m growing quite fond of actually), it’ll be tough to find playing-time at Juve this year.