Juventus hit with humbling hammering by Empoli to follow 10-point deduction

Although Juventus have done very well this season to put their off-field issues behind them, their 10-point deduction mid-Matchday 36 prompted a humiliating 4-1 loss on the road at Empoli.

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Francesco Ciccio Caputo should have grabbed the headlines with a brace as Empoli recorded a historic 4-1 win over Juventus in Serie A, but a fresh 10-point deduction for the Turin giants overshadowed a terrible performance in Tuscany.

The striker celebrated his 100th outing in an Azzurri shirt on Matchday 36 with two goals in the first half, as Sebastiano Luperto and Roberto Piccoli also netted for the hosts, while Federico Chiesa scored a consolation goal on his 200th Serie A appearance.

Just moments before the Bianconeri stepped onto the pitch at the Stadio Carlo Castellani on Monday night, the FIGC Court of Appeal handed out the latest judgment that dragged them from second place down to seventh and with a mountain to climb to secure Champions League football next term.

The Old Lady are now in a five-way fight for the remaining two top-four places, with AC Milan, Inter, Atalanta and AS Roma, after the latest punishment ensured that Lazio had qualified for Europe’s premier club competition for the first time since 2020/21.

However, moments into the game, the club responded to the latest ruling via Twitter, noting that they were bitterly disappointed in the decision and believe ‘themselves extremely penalised with the application of sanctions that do not seem to take into account the principle of proportionality’ and may yet appeal.

Did the points deduction affect Juventus in Tuscany?

Although there was little time to communicate the points deduction to the Juventus players ahead of kick-off, they displayed little of the conviction that secured three consecutive wins and also defied recent history against the Azzurri, which suggests the news had an impact.

With Massimiliano Allegri at the helm, the Bianconeri had won all five fixtures at the Castellani, which is a record for the Italian tactician in Serie A and this season his side are level with champions Napoli and Champions League finalists Inter for wins against teams in the bottom half of the table – 14 games.

Undefeated on Monday nights this season, though, Empoli have won four of their five fixtures, hinting at a preference for being given a kick-off slot sometimes seen as the afterthought of the traditional weekend schedule.

Can Juventus still make the Champions League?

Despite the disappointments on and off the pitch on Monday night, the Serie A fixture list has presented an opportunity to chase down top four rivals AC Milan, as they visit the Juventus Stadium on Matchday 37 with just five points separating the duo.

Having been on a three game winning run before the loss to the Azzurri, the Turin giants are certainly capable of taking three points from the Rossoneri, but even if they close the gap to two points, could ultimately regret their underwhelming performance against Empoli, as Milan face Hellas Verona on the final day and Juventus travel to Udinese.

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