Here is a setback that will make a mess in the bianconera house. For its second Serie A meeting of the season, Juventus, now orphaned by Cristiano Ronaldo, lost to Empoli (0-1). Leonardo Mancuso’s first Serie A goal, the attacking rogue trained at AC Milan, made the difference (21st). For Massimiliano Allegri’s men, after their draw in Udine last Sunday (2-2), this start of the season is not likely to reassure the troops, while the Old Lady will travel to Naples after the international break.
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There was little doubt, it is now official since Friday at the end of the day: Cristiano Ronaldo has chosen to continue his career at Manchester United. It is an important page in the recent history of Juventus which therefore turned this week. After a performance to be forgotten in Friuli last Sunday, on the Udinese lawn, Federico Chiesa’s teammates knew that they should not have feelings in front of their supporters this Saturday evening, at Juventus Stadium.
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The Italian European Nations champion was therefore the first to put Guglielmo Vicario to work after a nice individual effort, a shot from the right remarkably repelled by the last rampart of the Tuscans (4th). After an interesting start to the game, a lack of concentration greatly affected the Turinese: on a blocked shot from Nedim Bajrami, Leonardo Mancuso took advantage of the passivity of the local defense to open the scoring closely, in front of a disappointed Wojciech Szczęsny ( 0-1, 21st). It was the first goal of the Milan-born striker’s career in the Italian top flight, a timely achievement.
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This goal totally destabilized Adrien Rabiot’s teammates, who multiplied technical errors throughout the first act. This despite awkward and too aggressive promoted, with yellow cards deserved for Petar Stojanovic and Patrick Cutrone (32nd, 44th). Poorly organized, and led by a tactically very absent Allegri, the Bianconeri could not count on Alvaro Morata’s entry to the break: the Spanish international striker has increased untimely zoning.
Manuel Locatelli, the new recruit of Juventini, also tried, once entered (66th), to shake his teammates but he was quite alone. His last-ditch shot at the end of the game, after a good stint from Morata, could have been the equalizer, but nothing really worked tonight: Vicario was able to watch this ball graze his left post and come out of the game limits (90th + 4). The numbers are relentless. In 51 years of Serie A, Juve has only had such a start to the season twice, with zero wins in 2 games: in 2010-2011 and in 2015-2016. Obviously, the Turinese will have to quickly wake up and leave their litany after the international break: they will have to face Napoli and Milan in the league consecutively.
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