Juventus started their Serie A title defence with an enthralling win at Chievo on Saturday evening, as Cristiano Ronaldo got his first taste of domestic Italian football.
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We can’t start anywhere else. Ronaldo’s move to Juventus in the summer pretty much broke the football world but for the main part of Saturday’s game he was well subdued by Chievo’s defence.
The Real Madrid legend will have better days for the Serie A giants but he still showed signs of why he will be a bargain for Juventus, even at €100m.
It’ll be interesting to see how his partnership with Paolo Dybala develops, with Juventus hoping that relationship can perform even more impressively than the Argentina international’s former alliance with Gonzalo Higuain, now of AC Milan.
Starting XI: Szczesny (6), Cancelo (6), Bonucci (7), Chiellini (7), Sandro (7), Khedira (7), Pjanic (6), Cuadrado (6), Dybala (7), Costa (6), Ronaldo (7).
Juventus were lacking a spark before Federico Bernardeschi’s introduction in the 56th minute and the Italy international ultimately proved to be the match winner late on.
After supplying the cross that led to Chievo’s own goal, the former Fiorentina attacker got himself into the box to prod home Sandro’s cross, gifting Juventus an absolutely priceless win on the opening day.
Paolo Dybala was impressive in spells and Mandzukic also looked lively from the bench, but Bernardeschi proved the difference between the two teams on Saturday night.
WORST PLAYER – Hooked just before the hour mark, it’s fair to say Juan Cuadrado didn’t have his best game against Chievo.
After Bernardeschi’s performance, the Colombia international is a likely casualty from Juventus’ starting XI for their next league game against Lazio.
Juventus will be watching keenly to see how title rivals Inter, Napoli, Roma and AC Milan get on this weekend, before setting their sights on their home tie with Lazio next Saturday.
Source : 90MIN