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      13.06.2015 15:33 - in: The team S

      Black and white October!

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      Juventus.com analyses how the Bianconeri fared as autumn began to take hold in late 2014

      As September gave way to October, Juventus travelled to Atletico Madrid, looking to keep up their great start to Champions League Group A.

      But despite performing admirably throughout, it was the La Liga outfit who took all three points at the Vicente Calderon, Arda Turan bundling home from close range after the Bianconeri had failed to clear their lines.

      Attentions soon turned to Serie A just a few days later, with 2013/14’s runners-up Roma making the visit north to Turin for a clash of the titans.

      The Giallorossi had mirrored the Old Lady’s early domestic form, and attempted to steal a march on their rivals when two goals in quick succession from Francesco Totti and Juan Iturbe turned the encounter on its head following Carlos Tevez's opener from the spot.

      L’Apache, however, made sure the two teams would go into the break level as he converted another penalty, setting up an enthralling second half in the process.

      While the Bianconeri and Roma continued to push for the winner, the pendulum ultimately swung the hosts’ way on 86 minutes, Leonardo Bonucci producing an unstoppable volley to send the Juventus Stadium faithful wild.

      The October international break then came and went, before Massimiliano Allegri’s troops returned to Serie A action with a tricky trip to surprise package Sassuolo in Emilia-Romagna.

      The Neroverdi edged their noses in front against the run of play through Juventus-owned forward Simone Zaza on 13 minutes, only for Paul Pogba to level matters six minutes later thanks to a trademark blockbuster strike.

      Looking to capitalise on their momentum, the reigning champions pushed forward for a winner, but Sassuolo managed to hold their own and became the first team in the 2014/15 season to claim a league point off the Bianconeri.

      There was a return to Champions League midweek action for Allegri’s men in the following game, as they tried to get back to winning ways when visiting Super League Greece holders Olympiacos at the Karaiskakis Stadium.

      However they were to leave empty-handed following a narrow 1-0 loss which saw Pajtim Kasami give the hosts a first-half advantage before Roberto’s goalkeeper masterclass thwarted Pogba, Tevez (twice) and Alvaro Morata late on.

      Normal service was resumed in Juventus’ next encounter, as they brushed Palermo aside 2-0 in Turin. Arturo Vidal finished a fine move to give the Bianconeri the lead, with Fernando Llorente’s first goal of the campaign, a header, subsequently sealing the points just after the break.

      Juventus were then on the receiving end of their first Serie A defeat of the term away at Genoa, Luca Antonini turning the ball home from close range in the dying stages of a match which saw Gianluigi Buffon make his 500th appearance for the club.

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