Juventus VS Fiorentina Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 06/11/2021
Fiorentina against Juventus is always a red letter day on the calcio calendar, and it may be even more interesting than usual this year. While the Viola have historically struggled against the Notts County cosplayers, to the tune of a W40 D58 L86 mark in 184 matches, including a W2 D2 L6 record in their past 10 meetings. That said, the Viola took 4 points from the bad guys last year, including a historic 0-3 triumph in this fixture.
The referee for this one is 34-year-old Simone Sozza of Seregno. In 4 Serie A matches this year, he’s handed out 18 yellow cards and 3 penalties; that latter category is much higher than his usual rate. This’ll be just his 13th game at the top flight, too, and his first with Juve. He has handled a Viola match before, though: the 1-2 loss to Napoli earlier this year, in which he did a reasonably decent job.
The match will be played on Saturday, 6 November 2021, at 5:00 PM GMT/1:00 PM EST, at the Allianz Arena in Turin. The forecast calls for a chilly day at the foot of the Alps, with temperatures dropping 7 C/42 F around kickoff. On the plus side, it’s going to be mostly clear and pleasant, so the traveling fans shouldn’t have to bundle up, or wouldn’t if the Bianconeri hadn’t “accidentally” made it impossible for them to buy tickets.
Taking a clear step forward compared to Serie A showings so far, Juve pushed aside their propensity for draws – of which they have six from 13 games – to maintain an unbeaten start to the league campaign with help from a Cristiano Ronaldo brace.
The seemingly-ageless Portuguese superstar is the top Serie A scorer of 2020, with 33 league goals during the calendar year – already one more than Robert Lewandowski’s Bundesliga total and currently seven in front of last season’s capocannoniere, Ciro Immobile. All of which has been achieved from just 28 top flight games.
His latest double demonstrated the ex-Manchester United man’s defining ability to brush off even the slightest hint of failure, having missed a crucial penalty in the 1-1 draw with Atalanta last week.
Bianconeri coach Andrea Pirlo has endured a turbulent start to his debut season, but was full of praise for his charges’ efforts last week. Highlighting the energetic midfield contributions of Aaron Ramsey and American revelation Weston McKennie, Pirlo also emphasised the collective attitude of his team.
Juve have statistically the best defence in Italy so far (just 10 goals conceded in 13 games) and possession is a priority, with the Old Lady currently averaging above 60% – the highest in Serie A.
Their former midfield maestro demands his side must press high, be aggressive and exert control – tests which were all met at the Tardini – so fearful Fiorentina should beware a side with renewed confidence and vigour, as the champions hunt down what would be an incredible 10th successive Scudetto.
A 1-1 home draw against high-flying Sassuolo last Wednesday, followed by a repeat scoreline in Saturday’s encounter with Verona, seems to have subdued criticism of returning head coach Cesare Prandelli and his players – who had previously been sent to a training camp after their disappointing 3-0 defeat to Atalanta.
Former Azzurri boss Prandelli has shuffled his deck substantially of late, picking a 3-5-2 featuring Lorenzo Venuti and Antonio Barreca at wing-back and Giacomo Bonaventura in midfield. Given slightly improved performances, it is likely he will persist with that apparently more resilient shape for the testing trial ahead.
Shoring up a rudderless defence has been Prandelli’s priority, though goals have been particularly hard to come by too for a team whose most important attacking weapons – like Franck Ribery, Jose Callejon and Christian Kouame – have been short of form, fitness or both.
As a result, Fiorentina remain winless since Prandelli took the reins for a second time and have also failed to keep a clean sheet since the start of November – hardly ideal preparation for a trip to the in-form champions.
Given their bitter loathing of Juve – stemming from La Viola’s final-day loss of the title race in 1981-82 plus a stream of integral players such as Roberto Baggio, Federico Bernardeschi and, most recently, former fans’ favourite Federico Chiesa moving to Turin – Fiorentina will dread their return to the Allianz Stadium this week.
At a venue where they were soundly beaten 3-0 last time these clubs met in February, few would bet against similar treatment being meted out by the hosts, whose long-time supremacy in this relationship is a constant thorn in the Viola’s side.