While his former star striker Cristiano Ronaldo shone with his new club, the Bianconeri were logically beaten on Saturday in Naples (1-2), remaining with only one point in their pocket after three days.
Offensively not very dangerous in the absence of Federico Chiesa and Paulo Dybala, the Turinese also displayed a worrying defensive fragility, far from the standards of the first Juve of Massimiliano Allegri (2014-2019) who re bothered about Italian football.
The two goals conceded in the second half are the perfect illustration. On the first, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, already guilty in the first match against Udinese (2-2), again released a hot ball from which Matteo Politano took advantage to equalize (57th) .
On the decisive goal, five minutes from time, the Bianconeri’s overall lack of security resulted in a rough defensive move from Moise Kean, which put his goalkeeper in difficulty and finally offered the ball to Kalidou Koulibaly in ambush (85th)! “At the moment, it is these technical errors which condition the matches. Every mistake pays dearly, but that’s football. We just have to keep working … ”, underlined Allegri. “It’s a time when things are like that … I have nothing to reproach the players, it might have been necessary to be more lucid to score the second goal”, added “Max”.
This Neapolitan victory is logical as Luciano Spalletti’s players took the initiative and dominated the game (nearly 70% of ball possession), despite the injury exit of Lorenzo Insigne (knee) at a quarter of end time. “Thanks to Spalletti, he gave the team a game, we always attacked, we led the game from the start,” smiled Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis on DAZN .
Juventus had started well by quickly opening the scoring, against the course of the game, thanks to Alvaro Morata: rid of the heavy shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Spaniard scored on his first Second opportunity, after having stolen the ball in the feet of the Neapolitan defender Kostas Manolas (10th). But Juve were overtaken by their doubts, a still perfectible physical form but also the many absences of the day: Chiesa (injured) and his South Americans (Dybala, Cuadrado, Bentancur and Danilo), deemed unavailable 48 hours after playing with their selections across the Atlantic.
Dejan Kulusevski, one of the most prominent side bianconero in a supporting striker role behind Morata, arguably could have facilitated the Torino’s second half, but the Swede stumbled © on a perfectly out David Ospina (43rd). While Napoli steal, with this third victory in three matches, in a molten Diego-Maradona stadium, Juve now need to win, insisted Allegri, and on Tuesday for their first League game of champions, in MalmÃ¶ in Sweden. Unlike Juve, Venice won its first victory of the season, on the ground of another promoted, Empoli (2-1). In the evening, Atalanta hosts Fiorentina.
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