Bologna – Juventus: Juve Hold Onto Lead Despite Lack Of Control (0-2)
Juventus put an end to the game early when they scored two first-half goals to settle the encounter early. The rest of the match can be summed up as pure chaos, with no order whatsoever keeping both teams together. The ball continuously went up and down the field, with Juve eventually forced to sit back rather humbly and absorb Bologna’s feeble attacks.
Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.
Juve’s return to football has been disappointing for many, failing to live up to the expectations left behind before the pandemic interrupted the world’s flow. Two trophies had to be erased off Juve’s sheet of ambitions for the season, which put Sarri under heavy scrutiny. First the shock elimination in the Champions League round of sixteen by Olympique Lyonnais, then the especially painful loss in the Coppa Italia final to Napoli, the very team where Sarri made a name for himself. That left the manager with only one option, that is hoping to put his hands on a ninth consecutive Scudetto at the end of a busy summer.
Their first trip happened to take them to Bologna, where they would meet Siniša Mihajlović’s testing side. Tenth in the league and only five points away from a European spot, it was certain that Bologna would give Juve a run for their money.
Maurizio Sarri made four changes to the Coppa Italia’s . . .