Juventus eager to bounce back from Bayern bump in Serie A
Agence France-Presse in Milan
Leaders Juventus will look to put their 2-0 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich behind them by putting strugglers Pescara to the sword today as they continue their march towards the Serie A title.
The Old Lady of Turin looked decidedly frail midweek against the soon-to-be German champions, with veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon labelled a "pensioner" by German legend Franz Beckenbauer after he failed to stop Bayern's first-minute opener.
Buffon has since hit back at the "old wise man" of German football, claiming the former Bayern coach and president "should be quiet and wait for the [outcome of the] next game."
In the meantime, Pescara provide the Bianconeri with a chance to take another step towards a successful title defence and allow coach Antonio Conte an opportunity to rest some tired legs in what is a busy period for the champions.
Conte, however, already has one eye on next Wednesday's second leg at Juventus Stadium.
"We have a league game against Pescara on Saturday and immediately after that we'll focus on the return leg," said Conte.
Taking anything less than three points from a Pescara side that has garnered only eight from a possible 45 on the road this season would be considered a disaster - at least by Juve's fans.
A win on the other hand would put Juve 12 points clear of closest challengers Napoli, although the latter were in a similar position last week until Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score a late brace in a 5-3 win away to Torino.
Still nine points off the pace, Napoli host Genoa tomorrow looking to reinforce second place, the last in Serie A offering automatic entry to next season's Champions League.
But with Milan only two points off the pace in third, Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik believes his side's next three games could make the difference.
Napoli host Genoa, are away to Milan and then host Cagliari while Milan are away to Fiorentina, host Napoli and then face Juventus away.