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Opinion: Last night was the best possible thing that could happen to Juventus

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“I’ve never loved Juventus more than I do right now.” That was a quote from my tweet earlier on Twitter today and I’ll tell you why? For years the media and other supporters of Serie A clubs have been pushing and trying to sell the rest of the football world this false narrative that Juventus is a corrupt football club that Juventus need to cheat to win. If you are young or just started rooting for the club that I have been supporting for the past 30 years, you now see what I see, and what all Juventini from my generation see. The narrative is false and the deck has always been stacked against us, and for that reason, Juventus is and will always be the best club in the world.

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If you are upset about the way today’s match went with Inter, you should be. It’s been clear all season, that every time Juventus play Inter, you can bet the refs will do whatever it takes to get them the win. It should be no coincidence that as soon as Inter stood down and said they would stop pursuing their Super League ambitions, every call goes their way when playing Juventus. We saw earlier in the season when Inter was given a penalty after it was clear Edin Džeko was not fouled by Mattia De Sciglio in the Supercoppa final, and in fact, was second to the ball. That still didn’t stop VAR for asking the ref for a check and inevitably overturning  his original correct decision and thus giving Inter their only way back in the game and their second trophy in a decade, which goes to show Juventus’ dominance.

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If we go back in time to 2006 and the investigation into “match-fixing” was started, the red flags that initially got the ball rolling by a corrupt low life prosecutor from Napoli were way less than what we saw this season in the last two matches between Juventus and Inter. Here is some good news friends, today’s loss to Inter isn’t the end of the world, in fact, it’s the complete opposite. This controversial defeat did something that I haven’t seen from this fan base in over 3 seasons. It united us all. If you think that same passion and spirit that is running through us right now isn’t being felt by the players, then you do not know the first thing about what it is to be a competitive athlete.

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I wasn’t a fan of sacking then Juventus Manager Andra Pirlo, but if I could hire any manager to replace him, it would be Mister Max Allegri. I know what you’re thinking if you are a follower of mine that has seen me criticize the Juventus chief on Twitter, and a lot of that has to do with team selection and formation, but If you were to ask me if I had to choose one manager to build a project and he has four years where he is a guarantee not to get the sack, it would be Allegri. More than any manager in the world, Max Allegri understands what it takes to win and to build a proper culture. You can be sure that after today, he will use this going forward as a rallying cry and to sell to the players something most long time Tifosi, and now some of the new generations are beginning to see, It is us against the world!

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