Juventus, Empoli
Match Review Serie A, Serie A

Empoli deserved winners away from home to leave Juventus winless after two

August 28, 2021 - 9:42 pm

Juventus have lost at home to Empoli 1-0 in a match where they deserved very little.

The Old Lady started the match brightly, building up plenty of pressure onto our rivals defence, but they settled after around 15 minutes of play, and somewhat luckily found themselves with a clear goalscoring opportunity.

They picked up the ball down our right, but despite having a number of defenders back to deal with the play, the attempted cross ricocheted off Bonucci but span into the path of Leonardo Mancuso, how just about manages to get control of the ball to fire home.

We tried to get back on terms, but Federico Chiesa was the only outlet causing any real damage to our opponents, and he was unable to get us on terms but not for a lack of trying.

At the break, Weston McKennie made way for Alvaro Morata, which allowed the Argentine to play in just behind the Spaniard, but there was certainly no instant impact, with the Azzurri looking most likely to score early into the second half.

While we enjoyed plenty of possession after the break, we lacked creativity, with our attempts to play down the wings proving impotent, and any efforts to play through the middle being blocked.

Danilo and some others tried to take on some efforts from long-range, but the goalkeeper had little serious work to do in reality, and we will now go into the international break with a huge cloud of doubt about our chances of returning to the top this term.

Patrick

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    Joeke August 28, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    I don’t know what to say….
    What a horrible match.

    The one thing that came out positive was Locatelli.
    When he came in, Juve finally had a player who came towards the ball, claimed it and gave directions.
    I really hope he’s our future.

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    Mai August 29, 2021 at 5:37 am

    I didn’t like the match, but this was just 2-nd round and it takes time for idea of Max is implemented. We need to be patient to find the winning formula

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    Valerio August 29, 2021 at 7:11 am

    “Juventus is better without ronaldo” hahahahahahhahahha where is martin???

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      Comrade August 29, 2021 at 11:25 am

      Have been looking for the dude o

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    chpo August 29, 2021 at 9:01 am

    What I realized is that Bonucci is under par (Chiellini is better), Juve is very prone to counter attacks, Szczesny is not good enough anymore (just try Perin), there is still always someone missing in the opponents box when crossing. And Rabiot is declining (maybe try him as attacking midfielder instead of McKennie) and so is Bentancur and Ramsey. Also, Cuadrado is bad defensively, Danilo should play right back instead and give his central midfield position to someone better suited (let McKennie play next to Locatelli in CM).

    I liked Kulusevski yesterday!

    Would be funny if Ronaldo actually made Juve better and they are average without him.
    Still only two games played.