Advantage with Dybala and then a penalty from Bonucci, Yoshida reopens the match in the 44th minute. Locatelli finds his first goal for Juventus, Candreva signs the 3-2 with 7 ‘from the end
Juve, in the rain and above all in the eyes of Andrea Agnelli, won their first victory at the Allianz Stadium, the second consecutive (and with the same result) in the league, overcoming Sampdoria 3-2, also beaten in the previous four matches with the bianconeri. A well-deserved victory but also weighed down by the injury suffered by Dybala, who came out of the field in tears: a muscle problem in his left thigh which will be known more in the coming days. Verdict that is also expected for Morata, who asked to be replaced for a muscle pain in his right thigh. If the match tells of a growing Juve in terms of play and organization, it also confirms the Juventus high recidivism in terms of goals conceded: even today there were two, one in the first half final, the other just 7 ‘from the term.
READY TO GO GOAL
Another race, another formation. Juve starts immediately with the right attitude: Alex Sandro and Cuadrado push from the rear, De Ligt gives security and Bonucci is the usual assistant director. The high pressure of Sampdoria makes life difficult for Bentancur and Locatelli, but where they find the road blocked in the middle, Juve discards the flanks and creates alternative ways to offensive penetration, with Chiesa initially on the right and Bernardeschi on the left (and Rabiot stopped for a hit). Perin gives Szczesny a rest session in view of Chelsea, while in front of Morata and Dybala they svariano, giving vivacity to the attacking front. On the other hand, Sampdoria has heavy absences forward (out Gabbiadini, Verre and the convalescent Torregrossa in the field only in the final) but makes up for it with a short team and high pressing, moves that cage Juve for the first ten minutes. Then the match is released, at the first bianconera choral action: it starts from Locatelli, continues with Alex Sandro, Church and Locatelli try repeated conclusions, and in the end the winning assist is from the former Sassuolo for Dybala: on 10 ‘his left from the edge it does not forgive and is 1-0 Juve.
Then begins the festival of the close doubling: at 12 ‘Chiesa, served by the Argentine, misses by a whisker, at 14’ Audero comes out between Dybala’s feet and blocks, at 16 ‘again the Juve school goalkeeper rejects Morata, and returns to the balloon anticipating the current Church by a moment. In all this, Sampdoria does not allow itself to be crushed like a leopard skin but generously throws itself forward, without surprising the Bianconeri. In short, it is a dangerous Juve forward but without straining behind. In a balanced word, and it is the first time that he manages to hold positions and attitude with promising continuity. Despite an unexpected event, and a heavy one: at 21 ‘Dybala comes out of the field limping and hiding the tears with his hands on his face, consoled by Bentancur. No one except the Argentine at this moment can guess the extent of the muscular trouble he was a victim of. In his place enters Kulusevski, in front of the eyes of the former maestro D’Aversa. And as Allegri wants, he tries in every possible way not to make those who come out regret: ready to go he lets himself be found in the shooting area twice, without however guessing the mirror, first with his left and then with his head. In the last quarter of an hour the pace of the match is lowered, except to ignite in the final minutes: on a lunge by Chiesa, Murru’s wide arm in the area provokes a penalty in favor of the bianconeri and a warning for him. Bonucci from the spot displaces Audero with a perfect right: Juve is 2-0 in the 43rd minute. A minute later Perin in the dive says no to Quagliarella, but on the developments of the following corner Yoshida, left alone in the area, heads the 2-1, on a cross from Candreva. And for Juve, which so far has created so much and wasted so much, the match is repopulated with ancient ghosts.
LOCATELLI, FIRST HURRA ‘. BUT THEN…
The start of the second half, always under persistent rain, is rather confused: Juve defends low, when they attack they are imprecise in the passages and with Sampdoria that makes density in the area they cannot find practicable passages. But his insistence was rewarded in the 12th minute: Chiesa wedged himself in the area and did not find the opening to conclude, on the rebound of the defense Kulusevski was quick to serve Locatelli: his robbery right beats Audero for 3-1 Juve. For Manuel it is the first goal in black and white, his overflowing happiness. Sampdoria sends Augello, Damsgaard and Silva to the field. Juve insists forward, spurred on by Allegri’s screams, but without great construct, so much so that the most dangerous action is by Samp, with Caputo inventing a heel-tunnel against De Ligt and offering Quagliarella a very poisonous ball: there Alex Sandro thinks to defuse it at the last minute. Allegri also plays the exchange card, inserting Chiellini and Ramsey in place of the two wings, Chiesa and Bernardeschi: three-man defense and experiment of a 3-5-2 that becomes 5-3-2 in the defensive phase. Bentancur with a great right calls Audero to a great intervention, while Morata first does not find the mirror and then asks for the change due to a pain in his right thigh. Kean enters his place. But to score is the Sampdoria, which in the 38th minute showcases Candreava: it is the final 3-2, with Juve collecting at least one goal for the 20th consecutive match in the league. And on Wednesday, Chelsea are the European champions.
September 26, 2021 (change September 26, 2021 | 14:40)
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