Juve, beaten by Napoli, still can’t do it
While his former star scorer 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 little 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 reigned over 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 the end, the overall lack of serenity of the Bianconeri resulted in an approximate defensive gesture from Moise Kean, who 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 ».
The C1 to bounce back
This Neapolitan victory is logical as Luciano Spalletti’s players took the initiative and dominated in the game (nearly 70% of ball possession), despite the injury exit of Lorenzo Insigne (knee) at a quarter of an hour from the end. “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 opportunity, after having nabbed the ball in the feet of 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 on the bianconero side in a supporting striker role behind Morata, could undoubtedly have facilitated the second half of the Turinese, but the Swede stumbled on a perfectly out David Ospina (43rd). While Napoli fly, with this third victory in three matches, in a molten Diego-Maradona stadium, Juve now need to win, insisted Allegri, and from Tuesday for their first Champions League match, in Malmö in Sweden . Unlike Juve, Venice for its part won its first victory of the season, on the ground of another promoted, Empoli (2-1). In the evening, Atalanta hosts Fiorentina.