The Bianconeri visited Romeo and Juliet's hometown, and just like Shakespeare's novel, this story ended in tragedy for the Flying Donkeys. This match resembled shooting practice at Vinovo, as Max Allegri's men attempted 30 shots in this game and drove 10 of them on target. The slumping Chievo tried to offer some resistance but it was clear from the beginning that it was going to be a long afternoon for them.
Allegri used the 3-5-2 formation again. Alex Sandro started for the suspended Patrice Evra, Martín Cáceres entered for Giorgio Chellini and Álvaro Morata complemented Paulo Dybala in attack as he stood in for usual starter Mario Mandzukic, who suffered an injury against Inter. Chievo, who just transferred their top scorer Alberto Paloschi to Swansea, utilized a 4-3-1-2 configuration.
Juventus took the initiative from the beginning of the game. Four minutes after kickoff, Alex Sandro wasted a great opportunity when Morata fed him with a nice a cross, but the Brazilian shot was way over the crossbar. However, just two minutes later, the Bianconeri scored their first goal. Stephan Lichtstener executed one of his trademark runs on the right flank and drilled an excellent low cross that located Morata at the far post. The revitalized Spaniard slotted the ball serenely.
After the first goal, Juventus started to bombard Chievo goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri — literally — with powerful long-range efforts. On 34 minutes, a shot by Nicola Rigoni reminded us that Gianluigi Buffon was in the game as the veteran goalkeeper controlled the ball showing his world-class technique.
Five minutes before halftime, Morata achieved his second goal. In a replica of the first goal, Sami Khedira took advantage of a nice pass from Dybala and found the Spaniard at the second post. Once again, Morata sent the ball to the back of the net with serenity. At halftime, Juventus were ahead 2-0.
The second half of the match was the "Paul Labile Pogba Show." In the 61st minute, Juventus punished Chievo with a deathly counterattack. Dybala, Litchsteiner and Pogba crafted a beautiful combination, then the Frenchman showcased his great vision assisting an unmarked Alex Sandro. The Brazilian unleashed a powerful strike that left Bizzarri without a chance.
Six minutes later, Pogba scored in a play that resembled an adult competing with children. The Frenchman received the ball just outside Chievo's penalty box, he easily dribbled two defenders and coolly passed the ball into the bottom left corner beating Bizzarri's dive. Dab time!
Dispite the overwhelming score, Juventus continue their siege of Chievo's goal until the final moments. At 72nd minute, Stefano Sturaro, who entered for Sami Khedira at halftime, cleverly found inside the box a lonely Sandro; nevertheless, the Amazonian crashed his shot in the crossbar. On injury time, Leonardo Bonucci launched a pinpoint pass from the middle of the park to his opponents' box; Pogba run, made a gifted reception and hammered a thundering shot against the woodwork. He was very unlucky.
Juventus played a wonderful match and they equaled the club record of 12 consecutive victories in Serie A. Let's hope they conquer that milestone on Wednesday night against Genoa at Juventus Stadium.
Buffon 6.5 It was a calm afternoon for il Capitano. However, Gigi often made things looked incredible easy, he managed Chievo scarce opportunities with great expertise.
Litchsteiner 7 The Swiss Express attacked at will. His assist for Morata's first goal was superb.
Cáceres 6.5 Easy game for El Pelado. He displayed nice communication with Bonucci and Barzagli.
Bonucci 6.5 Leo played a solid defensive game. He also showed his long-passing ability.
Barzagli 6.75 Barza won points for his effective performance on the left flank. He never put a foot wrong.
Sandro 7.5 He created havoc in Chievo's defense during most parts of the game. He could have easily scored another goal.
Marchisio 7 Il Principino played a simple and organized game. He controlled effortlessly the midfield.
Khedira 7 Big Sami played a superb first half. He delivered a clever assist and presented another box-to-box effort.
Pogba 8.5 When Paul plays like he did Sunday, he can sit at soccer's VIP table. He was a force on defense and was unstoppable with the ball at his feet.
Dybala 7 La Joya was always involved in the game. He didn´t had a score or an assist but as always he showcased his playmaking skills.
Morata 8 Self-confidence does wonders. The Spaniard was allover the pitch, and once again displayed his killer instincts and topnotch mobility.
Sturaro 6.5 Entered for Khedira at 45th minute. The industrious midfielder had another solid cameo. He played with his customary stamina.
Hernanes 6 Entered for Marchisio at 69th minute. The prophet managed the final moments of the game with aplomb. He completed a couple of flashy dribbles.
Padoin s/v Entered for Litchsteiner at 81st minute. He's the icon of Juventus' victory.
Max recovered Morata just in time. Juventus was always in control from the first to the last minute of this game. He must start to rotate his players.
Things, I think I think
- It was really hard to wake up so early on Sunday, however, this game is certainly worth the red eyes.
- Morata is catching fire. It's going to be fun to watch the battle for Juventus' prima punta.
- I didn't get a lot of sleep, so please tell me if I'm wrong: I believe Juventus have the best left flank in the world right now with Pogba, Evra and Alex Sandro.
- I'm going to sleep now. I'll read your comments later guys. See you Wednesday vs. Genoa.