(The following article was written by Carl Ethan Kingston, a former Welsh non-league footballer that played for Rhyl F.C. He's currently publishing a book entitled "The grass isn't always greener", which goes on sale next April)
Juventus have gone 49 games unbeaten in Serie A, yet they’re struggling in the Champions League where they have drawn 3 games out of 3 against teams such as: Fc Norjdlesasdan…no, but really FC Nordsjælland, a club that’s currently in 3rd in the Danish league. You know, that country where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Vikings are from mostly… oh no, wait, nothat’s Norway! Denmark is the largest country in EUROPE, “how so?” you might ask? Well, because they have Greenland. Anyways enough of that, Juventus also drew against Chelsea which turned out to be a good result, though one really can’t judge since Chelsea aren’t doing that well in Europe this year where they are currently placed 2nd behind DONETSK, but they did beat FC nordsjajsjsdj at least! Shakhtar Donetsk are good, I can give them credit for that, and Juventus drew against them in a match where they should have lost. But throughout this campaign, one might forget something or one might not… I’m ONE and I’m here to remind you that Juventus are supposed to be unstoppable! Come On! Unbeaten in 49 games! It’s impressive! If, and only if, it wasn’t the Serie A. Their unbeaten run has proven something though: either they’re still doing what they do best, which is bribing officials, or winning against crappy and horrible teams. Allow me to elaborate: Juventus look weak in Europe just like every other Italian team out there does, (and there are only two - Juventus and AC Milan). AC Milan sold their whole team and Berlusconi’s doing jail time so let’s not be mean to them – Paris St Germain and the courts are being mean enough to them. Inter Milan are… I’m sorry. I just do not know what to say about Inter Milan. What the hell are they doing? Yes, they’re better than AC Milan in the league table but they’re really not doing well. The fact of the matter is that Juventus don’t seem to have any contenders to steal away their Serie A title! Unlike in previous seasons when they had Inter Milan, Roma, AC Milan, Lazio, and every other crappy Italian club, that doesn’t even own its own stadium, breathing down their necks. Juventus fans seem delusional in thinking that they have a team comparable to the “Invincibles” from North London, Arsenal – a squad that went an entire season unbeaten back in 2003/04. Hate to say it, but that’s not the case. Juventus are the equivalent of taking, say a club like Tottenham and putting them to compete in…I don’t know, the Scottish Premier League. Without AVB, they would win it and would have an unbeaten run too! Let’s take another example, this time of a player. Paul Pogba. A player with a history of indecisiveness. Left his first club at the age of 14 without any consent, then he left Le Havre withbad blood to join Manchester United, where he failed to make any kind of impression, playing a few games in the Carling Cup with the young guns. He failed to impress Sir Alex, unlike other young stars such as Tom Cleverley or Danny Welbeck, or a billion other examples I can give, but despite all that – Pogba has now made it in the Serie A! Playing alongside great players such as eum… Pirlo, fine Pirlo’s good and is saving Juventus’s backsides in the Serie A, but still here is a player who’s 19 years old and is doing pretty well in the Serie A after failing to do anything of note in The English Premier League, or Carling Cup or whatever the hell the name of the cup is now! What does that tell you? Well, it’s simple really. The Serie A is not what it used to be, and they’ve got Juventus, which is an average team in a horrible league, doing really well. Unless juventus win the Champions League or make it through to the quarter-finals of the competition, then this article will stand. I’m sorry to say this to all Juventus fans: the 90’s are over. Juventus are currently just a slightly above-average team performing well in a mediocre league.