2013-14: SEPTEMBER UPDATE
September was a month that took us a little time to get going in, but once we were going – we were flying. Read on to find out how this month has shaped the story once more.
The start to our season in Serie A was certainly a tough one on paper, and after falling behind against Udinese early on in the contest it became an increasingly difficult task - especially going down to 10 men against a solid Udinese outfit. Thankfully our new signing Martin Montoya (whom had a tremendous first month in a Juve shirt) popped up with a fine goal late on and salvaged a point.
I was absolutely thrilled by this performance, as I was edgy about the difficulty of our group. We gave a fabulous account of ourselves and made the best possible start to the UEFA Champions League Group Stage.
This was a very frustrating result for the management team, and indeed the players. We should be winning games such as this at home but having played our strongest eleven two days prior against Marseille, we made changes and couldn't break a resilient Sassuoulo side down.
Performance of the season so far, and certainly the most important win. Having drawn the previous game against lowly opposition, it was imperative that we bounced back and took all the points against big sides. Not only did we beat Roma, we battered them, and I was a very, very, happy man after this one.
Another fine result to cap off a good month for Juventus, myself and the management team. We outclassed and 'outpassed' Genoa and they were unable to handle what was a blitzing performance from our lads. We can look to next month with great optimism after finishing September in such a fine way.
Player of the Month
Martin Montoya completed a deadline day transfer to Juventus from Barcelona at the end of August, and at £5.75m he appears to be a huge bargain. He scored two very goals pushing up from full-back and has been a tremendous addition to the side. I am very pleased with how Martin has started his Bianconeri career and hope he can progress further.
We have had a couple of unfortunate draws but we remain undefeated in Serie A and sit comfortably in 3rd place, still of course well in the title race. No disrespect to Chievo Verona, but I find it highly unlikely that they will be challenging for the title come the end of the season, as teams of higher class will surely bypass them. Though credit where it's due, they have made a wonderful start and they are without doubt the form team in Serie A.
UEFA Champions League
Our fabulous result against Marseille has given us great hope heading into October, as our first match is a difficult trip to Steaua Bucharest. Should we win that game we will be well on our way to climbing out of the group as we have our sights firmly fixed on qualifying in 1st place.
Thank you all for reading my story so far, it's sure to be a fun ride if you keep on following with me. Please comment and tell your FM Scout friends, and I'd be grateful if you could leave a little feedback on how you think the story is going. Thanks.