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Pirlo’s Juventus start well against Sampdoria

ByRoborto Sykes

Sep 20, 2020

Andrea Pirlo couldn’t have asked for better. This Sunday evening, at the Allianz Stadium, the young coach of Juventus Turin started his new career with a great victory against Sampdoria (3-0). Aligned in 3-4-3, with in particular the tenure of the young Gianluca Frabotta, the Piedmontese formation did not take long before being dangerous. After two chances for Danilo (6th) and Cristiano Ronaldo (11th), it was Dejan Kulusevski who opened the scoring for his first official match with the Old Lady with a coiled shot at the post (13th). Subsequently, the Turinese continued to push and in particular their Ballon d’Or, which however could not beat Emil Audero, the opposing goalkeeper, on two new good opportunities (24th and 34th), before half-time. At the break, Juve were therefore in front but did not lead off the scoreboard.

Pirlo and Ronaldo can have a smile

Upon returning from the locker room, the Pirlo players continued to dominate this meeting but could not make the break, despite two new opportunities for Frabotta (48th) and Mattia De Sciglio (71st). It took a little longer for the new strongman from Turin to be more serene on his bench. Following a corner and a mess in the area, Leonardo Bonucci made the break by concluding closely in the empty goal (78th). Behind, after an opportunity from Weston McKennie (85th), Ronaldo ended up opening his counter (88th). Ideally launched by Aaron Ramsey, the Portuguese scored with a cross strike. Rather quiet first game for Pirlo, who however saw the Samp worry twice Wojciech Szczesny, by Albin Ekdal (83rd) and Fabio Quagliarella (87th). With this first success of the season, the team-mates of Adrien Rabiot, holder and who played the whole match, are for the moment 2nd, behind Genoa.

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