​Juventus’ continued dominance of Serie A is in no small part due to the intimidating atmosphere created in its new Juventus (Allianz) Stadium. The cacophony the 41,000 Bianconeri fans generate here is in stark contrast to Juve’s previous home, the truly awful Stadio delle Alpi. I went there in 2003 and – like many others – am glad to see the back of it.
“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent,” Roberto De Niro passionately tells his son in the 1993 movie ‘A Bronx Tale’. While it’s debatable whether indeed that is accurate, there rings an element of truth to it. The sight of an individual capable of great things not achieving what they should can be immensely frustrating, worse still when it plays out in front of your eyes.