Monday November 28th, 2016

It was a bad weekend for Serie A leader Juventus, which lost 3-1 at Genoa and suffered more injuries with Dani Alves (fractured fibula) and Leo Bonucci (thigh strain) facing lengthy layoffs. With Paulo Dybala, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli already injured, coach Max Allegri will be without his B-B-C back three for next week’s encounter against high-flying Atalanta, which has now won six in a row. 

Bonucci was at fault for Genoa’s first goal, which was scored by Diego Simeone’s son Giovanni. Diego himself scored a winner against Juventus for Lazio back in 2000; Giovanni, nicknamed Cholito, scored two as Genoa blitzed the visitor with three goals inside the first half hour.

“We knew Genoa were tough and we’d have to play on their level physically, but the first half was very bad. The second was better and it was too late by then,” a furious Allegri told Sky Sport Italia. “There were 25 Genoa fouls and eight from us. When those are the stats, it is impossible to win a football match.”

Juventus seemed to assume its now-regular place as champion-elect just a few weeks ago, but the injury crisis and this patchy form makes the December fixtures crucial: after Atalanta is a derby against Torino and a top-of-the-table clash against Roma–three tough games for Allegri to navigate.  

As for Cholito, his dad had apparently told him he was going to score that day.

“I heard from my father, who told me he had scored against Juventus and therefore it was in our blood, so I had to do the same,” he said. 

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