The Italian Serie A looks set to be dominated by Juventus yet again after the Bianconeri secured their second consecutive win in their two league matches so far. After their victory away to Chievo in the first matchday, the reigning champions beat Udinese in the Juventus Stadium with a comfortable 2-0 win on Saturday,September 13th. Carlos Tevez broke the deadlock after merely 8 minutes to considerably lessen pressure on his team throughout the game. The victory was then sealed by Claudio Marchisio with a long range effort in the 75th minute.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri had to deal with several key absences on his squad, with the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal all sidelined due to injuries. The Turin side however confirmed its substantial squad depth since Allegri still managed to march out a very strong squad, with the debuts of new signings Patrice Evra and Roberto Pereyra. Fernando Llorente was chosen to partner an in-form Tevez in attack. The latter was quick to net the opener with a cool finish following some excellent setting-up by Stephan Lichtsteiner.
The first half continued to be dominated by Allegri’s men, with Pereyra, Tevez, Lichtsteiner and Paul Pogba all having an effort on goal. Udinese failed to truly threaten Buffon’s goal throughout the first 45 minutes, and the half-time break was perhaps a welcome pause for Andrea Stramaccioni’s men. The trend did not change much as the second half got under way – both Pogba and Martin Caceres came close to scoring Juve’s second. Udinese finally found the net through Igor Bubnjic in the 67th minute, but the home fans sighed in relief as the goal was disallowed as the offside flag was raised. Juventus finally sealed the win eight minutes later, with a low 20-yard shot from Marchisio, much to the Bianconeri fans’ delight.
Things couldn’t be going smoother for Allegri, as the new coach is securing convincing displays as well as consistent results during this start to the season. While his arrival following Antonio Conte’s departure was met with disapproval by several fans, the former Milan coach is on the right track to strengthen his relationship with the fans. Thanks to this positive result, the Bianconeri have now secured a staggering 20-game win streak in the Juventus Stadium, thus confirming the huge impact which the passionate supporters provide whenever the team plays at home.
Udinese simply couldn’t provide much of a challenge to such a strong Juventus side. Following their convincing win in the first matchday when they hosted Empoli, Stramaccioni’s side was unfortunate to encounter the reigning champions so early on. The former Inter coach can rely on club icon Antonio Di Natale, who despite being 36 years old still manages to shine in every match he plays, scoring vital goals in the process. Unfortunately for the Friulani, he could not add to his goal tally against Juventus, as he was successfully frustrated by Allegri’s solid defence. After two matchdays, Udinese are sitting on 3 points, while Juventus bagged all 6 available points thus far.