Juventus They are back to discussing the Serie A title as they prepare to host Bologna
On Sunday, a powerful new style of play was introduced for a club looking to bounce back from the disasters of last season.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side, a.k.a ItalyThe other three big boys impressed on Opening Day winning 3-0 Udinese And presenting the kind of aggressive offensive display that is not usually associated with a conservative coach.
Federico Chiesa He praised his team’s “modern style of football” after putting them ahead after 108 seconds in Udine and finally showed signs his injury problems might be behind him.
Allegri himself was more careful about the tactical changes, and more keen to highlight how Chiesa plays in attack.
He said, “He has to score 14-16 goals this season. He is wasted on the wing.”
But there was something new in Juventus’ approach, an optimism that had been missing last season, even before their court ordeals ended with a 10-point penalty and a season-long ban from European football.
Juventus scored just 35 goals from open play last season. Their matches were often boring affairs. Early exit from the Champions League and defeat in January Naples He emphasized its limits.
And while Chiesa said that Juventus’ goal is to return to the major club competition in Europe, observers in Italy immediately made Juventus one of the favorites to win the title.
with their main competitors. Milan and defending champions Napoli – all in the interim, Juventus looked hungry and capable, as they have since they broke the bank to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
AC Milan They will welcome their fans home for the first time this season vs Turin On Sunday, with the wind in their sails after the new additions got off to a positive start last weekend.
Christian Pulisic And Tigani Renders, two of the nine new faces, have excelled at Bologna and there is hope on the red and black side of Milan that they can reach 20 league titles ahead of local rivals Inter.
Inter Simone Inzaghi is on the way to promotion Cagliari Monday night and also in high spirits, but perhaps the most interesting game of the weekend is Fiorentina seizes Lychee – Who beat Lazio in the weekend.
And it seems that Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Italiano is ready to name the same team that crushed him Genoa 4-1 on Opening Day and made people wonder if the Tuscans might be a dark horse for the top four.
However, Brentford are trying to snatch star striker Nicolas Gonzalez after offering more than €40m, a sale that would leave fans wondering once again about owner Rocco Commisso’s ambitions for the club.
Player to watch: Hvica Kvaratskhelia
After missing Napoli’s victory on the opening day Frosinone Due to injury, star winger Kvaratskhelia will return to action in his first home appearance of the season Sassuolo Sunday night visit.
Kvaratskhelia is the other half of Victor Osimhen’s devastating attacking partnership that took Napoli to their first league title since 1990.
The 22-year-old scored 14 goals and achieved the same number of goals last season, and is now in the process of negotiating an extension to his contract with Napoli.
3: The last time Juve led 3-0 in the first half of an opening match was against Venezia in 2001. They won the league that year.
26: The number of goals scored in an entertaining opening match.
Matches (all times GMT)
Monza vs EmpoliFrosinone v Atlanta (1630), Milan v. Turin, Verona Fifth Rome (1845)
Fiorentina – Lecce, Juventus – Bologna (1630), Naples – Sassuolo, Lazio – Genoa (1830).
Salernitana against Udinese (1630), Calgiari against intermilan (1845)