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    The Bianconeri’s struggles have not spread
    to their Champions League form, but the
    Argentine wants to see the continental
    performances to carry over to the Serie A
    Paulo Dybala has seen enough from
    Juventus’ Champions League exploits to
    suggest a fifth consecutive Serie A title is
    not out of their reach, despite a woeful
    start to the season, with a fine chance to
    kickstart the Scudetto hunt arriving with
    Bologna in Turin on Sunday.
    A solitary win from Juve’s first six games
    has done little to suggest that Italy’s
    dominant team of the past four seasons
    will be able to recapture their former
    glories, but Massimiliano Allegri’s new-look
    squad has impressed on the continent.
    Victories over Manchester City and Sevilla
    have left Juve top of a hotly contested
    Champions League group and a run of one
    defeat in 25 league fixtures against
    Sunday’s opponents will be further cause
    for optimism.
    Former Palermo forward Dybala has not
    seen much difference in the side’s
    performances in domestic and continental
    action, so expects a title challenge to
    remain at the forefront of their ambitions.
    He told Premium Sport: “I do not think
    that there is a difference in our
    performances in Serie A to those in the
    Champions League.
    “In Europe, teams play more open and
    allow more space. In Serie A, all teams are
    closed. In the 1-1 draw against Frosinone,
    we gave away the ball and they scored.

      “The Scudetto is still a possible target
      because we are Juventus and we always
      fight to win. We did not start well but we
      will fight until the end.”
      Dybala has only started in four of his eight
      Juve appearances since joining from
      Palermo in pre-season, but is the
      champions’ top scorer with three goals in
      all competitions.
      He added: “I played a good game against
      Sevilla, but I also played well in the Super
      Cup against Lazio when I came on.
      “I fought together with the team until the
      end and settled on the pitch very well.”
      Summer signing Sami Khedira made his
      debut against Sevilla in midweek, boosting
      a Juve midfield that is still searching for its
      best form since being shorn of Arturo Vidal
      and Andrea Pirlo, as well as injury victim
      Claudio Marchisio, although the latter is
      reportedly in line for a return this
      Stephan Lichtsteiner is sidelined by a
      respiratory illness, although Chelsea
      loanee Juan Cuadrado has impressed in
      his place on the right flank. Martin Caceres
      has been suspended by the club after
      being caught drink-driving this week and
      Mario Mandzukic remains out with a thigh
      Former Juve winger Emanuele Giaccherini
      will not return to Juventus Stadium this
      weekend, as Bologna’s on-loan Sunderland
      man has a thigh problem.
      It is another headache for Delio Rossi, with
      Bologna having lost five of their six games
      this term. High-profile summer signing
      Mattia Destro is yet to find the net since
      arriving, but Rossi insisted this week that
      the Italy international “is not the problem”.


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