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    01.03.2018 14:00 - in: Serie A S

    The month ahead: March

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    Five Serie A showdowns and a crucial Champions League encounter are on the menu for the Bianconeri this March

    The Bianconeri can look back on February with a certain degree of satisfaction. Last month started in style with their largest ever margin of victory at the Allianz Stadium: 7-0 against Sassuolo. Hard-fought wins in Serie A followed away to Fiorentina and Torino, either side of the 2-2 draw with Tottenham in the Champions League Last 16 first leg. 

    While the league match at home to Atalanta had to be postponed due to unplayable weather conditions, there was no stopping the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg against the same opponents from going ahead, as Juve booked their spot in a fourth straight final. 

    Now though, it’s the dawn of a new month, with new challenges on the horizon! Here’s a look at what’s in store for the Bianconeri:

    3 MARCH | SERIE A | LAZIO VS JUVENTUS

    March begins with a trip to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, where Lazio are lying in wait and looking to bounce back from the heartbreak of losing in a dramatic penalty shootout against Milan in their Coppa Italia semi-final on Wednesday night. 

    Prior to that match, the Biancocelesti had won three in a row, beating Hellas Verona and Sassuolo in the league and FCS Bucharest in the Europa League, scoring nine goals in the process. 

    Simone Inzaghi’s men have not conceded in their last four matches, ever since being thumped 4-1 by Napoli on 10 February.

    Juve enjoy a strong record in this fixture, having claimed maximum points in all of their last three league visits to Lazio, and are looking to extend that trend this Saturday.

    7 MARCH | CHAMPIONS LEAGUE | TOTTENHAM VS JUVENTUS

    Next week, the Bianconeri fly to London to take on Tottenham with a place in the Champions League quarter-finals at stake.

    The first leg of this Last 16 clash ended 2-2 at Allianz Stadium after goals by Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen cancelled out Gonzalo Higuain’s early brace, so it’s all to play for in the English capital at the iconic Wembley Stadium.

    11 MARCH | SERIE A | JUVENTUS VS UDINESE

    The Bianconeri are back home in 10 days’ time with the visit of Udinese at Allianz Stadium. 

    The reverse fixture between these two teams back in October turned out to be a true classic, with Juve overturning an early deficit and overcoming their numerical disadvantage – after Mario Mandzukic’s red card – to win the game 6-2, Sami Khedira scoring a famous hat-trick on the day.

    Khedira was the hat-trick hero in Udine.

    After a run of five straight Serie A victories at the end of 2017, the Zebrette have won just once in 2018 – against Genoa on 28 January – and have dropped to 11th place in the Serie A standings.

    14 MARCH | SERIE A | JUVENTUS VS ATALANTA

    This match was postponed due to adverse weather conditions on 25 February, meaning that the Bianconeri will be playing twice at Allianz Stadium in the space of just three days after Udinese. 

    Atalanta were of course the team that Juventus only last night beat in order to reach the Coppa Italia final, but nevertheless are enjoying a strong showing in Serie A this season, currently sitting in eighth place.

    Juve celebrate reaching the Coppa Italia final.
    17 MARCH | SERIE A | SPAL VS JUVENTUS

    You have to hark back to September 1973 for Juventus’ last competitive fixture away to SPAL – a 5-0 Coppa Italia win – and May 1968 for the last league match between the teams. 

    This historic encounter sees Massimiliano Allegri return to his old stomping ground, having managed SPAL in 2004-05. Former Bianconeri forward, Marco Borriello, currently leads the line for the Ferrara-based club.

    31 MARCH | SERIE A | JUVENTUS VS MILAN

    Juventus end the month with a match that many fans will have penned in their diaries when the fixture list was announced back in the summer – and now the contest has taken on even more intrigue given that the two teams will lock horns in the Coppa Italia final on 9 May.

    Milan have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes with former Rossonero playing legend Gennaro Gattuso at the helm, and are unbeaten so far in 2018, winning nine and drawing three of their last 12 matches across all competitions. 

    The visit of the Rossoneri at Allianz Stadium will see Leonardo Bonucci return to his former club for the first time since departing last July.

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