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Juventus 1-1 Chievo Match Review and 5 Key points

September 13, 2015 - 7:25 am


Juventus 1-1 Chievo

Scorers: Hetemaj 5 (C), Dybala pen 83 (J)

Serie A Week 3 –  Saturday, 12th September – 14:45 CET – Juventus Stadium

Juventus dominated possession but only managed to salvage a draw against a resolute Chievo side who sit top of Serie A.

In the days leading up to the game, Max Allegri had insisted that his teams season would begin in this home fixture against high-flying, top of the table Chievo. In contrast, the Bianconeri were rooted firmly at the foot of the table in 17th place prior to kick off.

Chievo quickly found their rhythm and took a surprising lead after just five minutes. The defence backed off and gave space to Perparim Hetemaj who had all the time in the world to fire his shot into the far bottom corner from just outside the box.

Hernanes looked lively in midfield and forced a save from Albano Bizzarri before Roberto Pereyra fired a cross into the box that Leo Bonucci only missed by a whisker. Pereyra and Paulo Dybala both had half chances shortly after but both efforts were blasted over the bar.

Juve were booed and whistled off the pitch at half-time before Gigi Button went over to the crowd to ask them to get behind the team.

Paul Pogba replaced an injured Marchisio at half-time with Hernanes slipping back into the regista role and Pereyra playing as the trequartista.

Despite the Juve dominance and pressure, it was Chievo who nearly scored early in the second-half. It took a truly incredible Buffon save from point-blank range to keep Bostjan Cesar’s volley out of the goal.

The Bianconeri continued to pile forward and the pressure almost paid off as Pereyra, Pogba and Dybala all scuffed their efforts. Pogba had a very solid penalty appeal waved away before Chievo were awarded a dubious free-kick at the other end. Cesar had the ball in the back of the net for the visitors but it was disallowed for a foul on Bonucci.

Hernanes curled a perfect free-kick over the wall but Bizzarri was on hand once again to keep the score line 1-0.

Allegri looked to switch tactics, bringing on Juan Cuadrado and switching the formation to 4-3-3 and the Colombian made an immediate impact. His run into the box was met by a Cesar sliding challenge which the assistant linesman flagged as a penalty. Paulo Dybala stepped up to convert from the spot to earn Juve their first point of the season.

 5 Positives:

1. Alex Sandro looked very decent at left-back, a position that we’ve lacked in for years. His range of passing and intelligent runs show real promise

2. Hernanes was one of the few bright sparks. While he lacked a connection with the front two, he wasn’t afraid to shoot on sight and he forced Bizzarri into at least 2 saves

3. Dybala scored again. While he wasn’t at his best in open play (Not entirely his fault), he took his penalty really well and he’s now scored in 2 games in a row

4. Juan Cuadrado gave Juve another dimension when he came on. Granted, it was only a cameo, but he was direct, he ran at the opposition and beat his man more than once

5. It’s still only week 3. Late signings mean it will take time to get this team working together but its early days into a long season



foot12Man of the Match: Paulo Dybala

foot13  Flop of the Match: Alvaro Morata

foot14  Corners: 5

foot05  Pass Accuracy: 89%

foot00  Shots on Target: 7

foot07  Total Shots: 26

foot01  Ball Possession: 70%

foot08  Formation:  4-3-1-2




Juventus: Buffon; Caceres, Barzagli, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Pereyra, Marchisio (Pogba 46), Sturaro (Cuadrado 65); Hernanes; Dybala, Morata (Mandzukic 73)

Chievo: Bizzarri; Frey, Gamberini (Dainelli 58), Cesar, Gobbi; Castro, Rigoni, Hetemaj; Birsa (Pepe 73); Paloschi, Meggiorini (Pinzi 66)

Ref: Guida




Leonardo Bonucci’s comments after the game



Gigi Buffon asks the Curva Nord to get behind the team


Superman with another world-class save


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    Moderator September 13, 2015 at 8:22 am

    3 games in and i;m a little worried – Not panicing yet, but there is so much that needs to be worked on.

    midfield looks non-existent at times
    When we went a goal down, everyone wanted to be a hero and score the equaliser
    defence looked shaky
    Attack and midfield had no cohesion – no linkup at all

    on the plus side

    Sandro looked great but i worry he might not get back enough
    Hernanes was really decent, forced 2 saves from Bizzarri but he needs to know what his forwards are doing
    Cuadrado added pace and trickery

    Maybe 4-3-1-2 isn;t the way forward ?

    3-5-2, even if people are bored of it, with Cuadrado and Sandro + Hernanes in midfield, could work better ?

    or even a 4-3-3, depending on the opposition – we looked more likely to score from that.

    It’s there – all the players are talented and we know they can score and win games….but we just need them to start working together

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      BelgianJuventino September 13, 2015 at 9:40 am

      352 is not going to help the team imo. Its a formation that doesnt work out against good opponents. We should stick to a 4man backline, even for the sake of practice alone. Formation isnt the problem i think, can’t say what exactly is the problem though.
      We have quality, depth, a flexible coach, a strong italian backbone, just the performance isnt there. All we need is more time I guess, but we simply dont have the luxury of more time

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      tpick September 13, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Allegri needs to move Hernanes back to midfield, and start Cuadrado at TQ. Or change formation and play a 3-5-2 or 4-3-3.






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        Markiv September 13, 2015 at 3:30 pm

        cuadrado could even play on the right hand side of a 3 man midfield and team up with lichtsteiner. Hernanes needs to play the trequartista role as he also has the shot to match from that range.

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      Deuces September 14, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      little worried lol… Facts Allegri: Milan and Juv same pattern- wins the league his first season … check
      – ticket sales are up … check
      – sell best players … check
      – destroy the team…. check milan… juv is waiting lol..
      good luck rubas

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    Moderator September 13, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    MArchisio out for up to a month

    News is that Allegri will stick with 4-3-1-2 v City with Hernanes as regista, Pereyra as Trequartista

    taking a guess:

    Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra, Hernanes, Sturaro, Pogba, Pereyra, Mandzukic, Morata ??

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      BelgianJuventino September 13, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      I am not so much a fan of Pereyra as trequartista.. Its hernanes’ Natural position, let him play it or use Dybala/Pogba imo. Pereyra isnt effective enough there.

      In attack i think Dybala is the only one who definitely should play every game. Morata as his partner preferably but he has to find his form fast

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        Juventin1897 September 14, 2015 at 1:18 am

        I kind of like Morata-Cuardado infront of Dybala. Offers a lot of movement and Dybala would fill in space from Cuardado wandering to the wings. While Morata makes runs into further created space. Which is what he is best at.

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          BelgianJuventino September 14, 2015 at 10:53 am

          If Cuadrado can play as that kind of striker I wouldnt mind this idea either

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    Auzziejuventino September 13, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Maybe a 4-2-3-1
    Lich – bonucci – chiello – sandro
    Pogba – marchisio
    Cuadrado – hernanes – dyabla
    Morata or mandzu

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    Auzziejuventino September 13, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Also read moratta had a chat with klopp
    Any idea of rumors goin around

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      ho Hi September 14, 2015 at 7:24 am


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      Deuces September 14, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      he is just offering him a blowjob

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    Deuces September 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    all of you clueless rubas

    Cassano: if i scored against Milan am gonna do happy dance, if i scored against Inter i will cry of shame, if i scored against Juve am not gonna do anything! its gonna be disallowed anyways !!hahaha

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    DutchJuve September 14, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Now the question is, should Cuadrado be a starter? It’s been only one match, but he looked dangerous.