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    29.11.2013 18:29 - in: Serie A S

    Juve v Udinese, the French connection

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    From Michel Platini to Paul Pogba via David Trezeguet, Bianconeri Frenchmen have often lit up previous home encounters with the Zebrette

    When the Bianconeri last took on Udinese at Juventus Stadium on 19 January 2013, Paul Pogba was the star of the 4-0 win with two unstoppable wondergoals from long range.

    But it wasn’t the first time a Frenchman has sprinkled some magic on a clash against the Zebrette in Turin.

    The sequence begins on 27 February 1983, when not only was the scoreline exactly the same but also the first two Juventus goals were again netted by a French phenomenon.

    It was Michel Platini who bagged a brace, firstly with a free-kick and then with a driving run from the half way line topped off with a tidy finish, before being substituted by current Italian national coach Cesare Prandelli.

    The three-time Ballon d’Or winner once again made his mark on the fixture in 1986, scoring the winner after Massimo Briaschi’s opener was cancelled out by an equaliser from Paolo Miano.

    Another case of Juventus netting four against the Zebrette with a Frenchman on the scoresheet came in the 2003/04 season, when David Trezeguet’s goal sealed a 4-1 triumph against Luciano Spalletti’s men.

    And with Pogba currently in the goalscoring mood, already just one away from matching his Serie A total from last season, there seems to be every chance of the series continuing on Sunday.

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