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13 wins. 14 draws. Four points behind Milan and 33 left to gain this season. These numbers will be constantly going through the head of all Juventini as they ponder the run home towards the Scudetto. Will it be a first championship since Calciopoli struck, or will Juve sit by the wayside as Milan lifts the trophy for the second successive season?

One thing is for certain, the run of six draws from seven matches has made the club nervous on and off the pitch, as evidenced by the ‘silenzio stampa’ (press silence) following last Sunday’s draw which has seemed eerily loud at times. Whilst Milan win with ease against the provincial outfits, Juve struggles against the same type of opponent. Since the start of February, Siena, Parma, Chievo, Bologna and most recently, Genoa have all held the Old Lady to a share of the points. Perhaps only against the former and certainly the latter opponent did Juve really dominate.

In Genoa the Bianconeri held 64% possession and had 30 shots on goal. However, Sebastien Frey was only tested on five occasions. Simone Pepe did see a goal disallowed for a close - marginally wrong - offside decision, whilst he and Mirko Vucinic – twice – beat Frey but could only hit the woodwork. It was a performance synonymous with the season thus far in terms of territory, possession and having control of the encounter, but Juve lacked impetus in the final third. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Turin giants have taken 172 shots on goal this season, scoring just 39 times.

In saying that, Juve did show positives in Genoa sorely lacking in the previous draw at Bologna. Void of creativity, they held possession but made little headway in the final third to seriously trouble the hosts throughout the contest. The Genoa contest incredibly ended scoreless but Juve showed enough overall to suggest the worst - performance-wise - is behind them.

The struggles against smaller clubs have been offset by Juve’s ability to come good in the direct showdowns and against rivals. Draws against Milan, Roma (both 1-1), Napoli (3-3) and Udinese (0-0) have been offset by wins over Milan (2-0), Fiorentina (2-1), Inter (1-2), Lazio (0-1) and Udinese (2-1).

Juve travels to Florence this weekend, a match which starts a run of four against old rivals. If the provincial tests were important, the upcoming collection of fixtures is make or break. Three of the past four at the Stadio Artemio Franchi have ended in a draw since Juve were promoted, the only win coming two seasons ago as Diego and Fabio Grosso were on the scoresheet. Fiorentina have not won since 1998/99, when Gabriel Batistuta netted the only goal. Antonio Conte returns to the bench following a one match dismissal, whilst Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci are one again available for selection.

La Vecchia Signora then faces Milan for the fourth time this season in the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi final, holding a 2-1 advantage. They then continue at the Juventus Stadium with back-to-back clashes with Inter and Napoli. Four points is not an insurmountable lead to overcome, but Juventus must make the most of their possession and chances to turn the frustrating draws into wins.

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