Match Review Serie A

Juventus 2 – 0 Chievo Match Review

January 25, 2015 - 6:29 pm


Juventus 2-0 Chievo

Scorers: Pogba 60 (J), Lichtsteiner 73 (J)

Serie A – Week 20 [Sunday, 25thJanuary – 14:00 GMT] – Juventus Stadium

Welcome to the Paul Pogba Show. Sure, today the game was Juventus vs Chievo. But really it was the Paul Pogba Show. He scored the first goal and created the second goal – extending his scoring streak to four games. He was a huge presence on the pitch for Juventus, whether it was his wondergoals, his dribbling, or his strength. Today’s performance was a continuation of his rapidly advancing development.

To be fair, the game was tied 0-0 for 60 minutes. There were some chances for Juventus, not really for Chievo. Alvaro Morata, Claudio Marchisio, Carlos Tevez, and of course Pogba all had shots on goal in the first hour. Good shots, too. Sometimes though, you just need Pogba and his weird hair to break through a team. 37 year old Chievo goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri did his best to stop this, and he almost succeeded. Indeed, even though his side lost 2-0, he was perhaps their best player.

13 minutes later, Pogba made more magic. From inside the penalty box he took a volley, definitely putting some power into his shot. Bizzarri saved it, but Stephan Lichtsteiner was there to get the tap in from an extreme angle.

After taking the lead, Max Allegri had his side switch to a 3-5-2. We’ve seen this happen a few times – Max will swap to the 3-5-2 when he wants to preserve a lead. It was a bit odd to see this happen against Chievo, but most likely the fact that the team lacks depth out wide played a role in this decision. Simone Padoin came on for Patrice Evra, and he’s definitely not a left back. He is a somewhat left wing back, though.

Also of note: Simone Pepe played a bit at the end of the match. His recent garbage time is of great significance given the severity of his injury and the fact that he hasn’t been a regular player for nearly three years. It’s not clear how much he can contribute on the pitch, but we all know Pepe is a great factor in terms of morale, and with time he could return to the serviceable player he once was.

Alvaro Morata got the start, but he didn’t get a goal. Morata at times had very good hold up play, and other times he misplayed passes or made poor decisions when it came to moving with the ball at his feet. Overall I was disappointed with his performance today. In the two games against Verona – not Chievo – he had an assist in one game and a goal in another. Today, he seemed rather flat. However he really hasn’t started and played a full 90 in many games for Juve, so he is still learning how to be effective for an entire game.

Finally, Gianluigi Buffon deserves credit for making a few important saves. He wasn’t challenged much, but he made sure Juve kept a clean sheet. Admittedly though, Chievo’s best chance came in the 86th minute when Ezequiel Schelotto hit the woodwork.

Next up for Juventus is a match versus Udinese. However, Roma still has to play their fixture for this week. They play Fiorentina, but quite possibly by the time you read this that game will have finished. Even if Roma win, Juventus will end this week with a five point lead atop the Serie A table.


foot12Man of the Match: Paul Pogba

foot13  Flop of the Match: N/A

foot11  Fouls: 19

foot14  Corners: 9

foot05  Pass Accuracy: 85%

foot00  Shots on Target: 8

foot07  Total Shots: 29

foot01  Ball Possession: 62%

foot08  Formation:  4-3-1-2



Chievo v Juventus formations



Juventus: Buffon; Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Vidal (Lichtsteiner 62), Marchisio, Pogba; Pereyra (Pepe 86); Tevez, Morata

Chievo: Bizzarri; Frey (Biraghi 43), Dainelli, Gamberini, Zukanovic; Birsa, Cofie, Hetemaj, Schelotto; Paloschi (Pellissier 76), Botta (Meggiorini 62)

Ref: Massa


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    Moderator January 25, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Fiorentina doing us a huge favour as it stands

    + 8 as it is at the moment.

    We could have a 9 point gap at the top by the time we face Dortmund

    Pogba hitting form as well plus the possibility of Sturaro and Zaza returning. Could be a huge month for us in February

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      tpick January 25, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      I feel like Sturaro is only coming back to put the Juve jersey on a few times before he is sent to Sassuolo in the Zaza deal this summer. I think we will send 100% of Sturaro + 1 year loan of Coman + 7.5m to Sassuolo for Zaza.

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        JanJuveNL January 25, 2015 at 9:27 pm

        That seems like a win-win. What about Berardi?

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          tpick January 26, 2015 at 7:11 am

          He will be ours in the summer as well. We co own him and I believe co owns end for good after this season. Tevez Morata Llorente Berardi Zaza, not bad.

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            JuveMarchisio January 26, 2015 at 8:41 am

            don’t forget our topplayer X 😉

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            BelgianJuventino January 26, 2015 at 9:21 am

            I don’t rate Osvaldo as topplayer X 😛

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            JuveMarchisio January 26, 2015 at 9:48 am

            Osvaldo ???

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            BelgianJuventino January 26, 2015 at 11:58 am

            It was sarcasm, the “player X” they promise us tends to be the 3rd choice they were looking for. They promise Aguero, we get Vucinic, they promise Cavani and we get Anelka and so on. Like last time getting Osvaldo, which was useless, I see the same scenario happening again this summer, chase after Cavani, Suarez, Falcao and end up getting someone like Osvaldo

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            JuveMarchisio January 26, 2015 at 12:07 pm

            haha, okay, Osvlado is more player O – no 😉 every mercato we will be happy pogba is staying, is he good friends with Lacazette ??

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            BelgianJuventino January 26, 2015 at 9:30 am

            Looking forward to see him in a Juve shirt! Will be great to see

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        BelgianJuventino January 26, 2015 at 9:20 am

        If we give them Sturaro completely, I don’t see why we would also give 7.5mill, that was the price anyway so that deal would be giving away Sturaro free 😛

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          tpick January 27, 2015 at 8:08 am

          The buyback price for Zaza is 15m. Sturaro is worth 6-6.5m and a 1 year loan of Coman is worth about 1-1.5m.

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            BelgianJuventino January 27, 2015 at 9:15 am

            7.5mill of those 15 you can consider ‘paid’ already since we sold our half to Sassuolo for that, so it’s only 7.5mill really. Just pay that and loan Coman, forget about Sturaro. Or loan Sturaro and forget about Coman.

            I wouldn’t give them both, what’s the point of that

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    Juveprodigy101 January 25, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Hello my old friends… Looking forward to reading some amazing JUVE news

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      Papilaya(John)™★★★ January 25, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      Dutch, your best friend is back

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        Juveprodigy101 January 28, 2015 at 1:12 pm

        Ayyye papaya glad to see u around

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    JanJuveNL January 25, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    That’s 7 points, everybody 🙂

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    alister mitchell January 26, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    well done juve well done pogba now lets head on to extending our lead over that shit side roma and look to book our place in the next round of champions league….we are juve we are great finoallafine forza juve

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      BelgianJuventino January 26, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      I wouldn’t call Roma a shit side, I dislike Garcia and the likes of Ljajic, but they’re a good side. They are Serie A’s biggest hope for revival, after Juve.

      Lets see if we can beat Dortmund, I have no clue what to expect! They are so bad domestically but in Europe still so strong. Hoping for 2 awesome games and ofc a win in the end!