Seeing where Juve’s last handful of Serie A opponents sit in the league table, I constantly thought to myself, “Okay, this is the game where the offense could break out a little bit and pave the way to a comfortable win.” That kind of game never truly arrived, with Juventus having to grind out their last month’s worth of wins rather than doing it with much substance and style.
Knowing how much Sassuolo has struggled this season, that chance presented itself once again on Sunday afternoon. And this time, Juventus delivered.
It was an absolute blitz offensively for Juventus in their return home to Allianz Stadium. After grinding out win after win for the better part of the last month, Juve barely had to kick things into overdrive to build a 4-0 lead at halftime and then got a second-half Gonzalo Higuain hat trick to roll to a 7-0 win over Sassuolo.
Are you not entertained?
You should have been.
The hat trick within 20 minutes from Higuain and Sami Khedira’s double — as well as probably Miralem Pjanic’s sweet half-volley to find the back of the net — will be the highlights, but finally the fact that Juve were able to break out of their month-long offensive slumber of sorts has to be
I get the fact that Sassulo are bad. They’re very, very bad. But Juventus have had chances to make games 2-0 or 3-0 in weeks past. They never got there — until this nice and sunny Sunday afternoon in Turin we just witnessed.
We’ve seen Juventus’ defense rebound from its early-season struggles, which is something that has helped the team cope with its recent offensive ineffectiveness. When you allow all of one goal over a two-month span, you don’t have to be an offensive juggernaut to be a successful team. But to get the offense going again — especially with some of the current absences due to injury the team is currently dealing with — into something other than what we saw in January would be so vital knowing what lies in the immediate future.
Opposition aside, Juventus just won a game 7-0. That doesn’t happen very often, so sit back and enjoy the show that our favorite team just put on. I know I did.
RANDOM THOUGHTS AND OBSERVATIONS
- I mean, if Juve want to make this lead after 30 minutes thing a regular occurrence over the next month or so, I’m down with it.
- Just think about what the lead at halftime could have been if Juve actually consistently connected with their passes in the first five or 10 minutes of the game. Makes you think...
- And then you remember that Blaise Matuidi had to come off injured after Khedira’s first goal and you simply shrug and add another name to Juventus’ current list of injuries.
- It’s unfortunate that it took Medhi Benatia being rested AND an injury to Andrea Barzagli for Daniele Rugani to finally get a start. Sure it speaks to the depth that Juventus have at the center back position, but it’s also the simple notion that Rugani is clearly fourth on the depth chart when it comes to Juve’s four central defenders.
- And of course right after I type that last bullet point I see that Benatia has to come on for Rugani to begin second half. Injuries are so, so stupid.
- Pol Lirola, bless his heart, tried to beat Gigi Buffon at the near post. I think we can figure out who won that battle.
- That, and the resulting scoring chance off the corner kick, was pretty much the only good things to happen to Sassuolo in the first half.
- And because of that, we were reminded that Sassuolo are not very good at all. Seems as though Eusebio Di Francesco picked a pretty good time to move on up the ladder and go to Roma this past summer.
- Alessandro Matri got a nice round of applause when he came on for Domenico Berardi in the second half. That was a cool touch.
- Here is a picture that sums up Sassuolo’s visit to Allianz Stadium:
- It was 6-0. It was the 81st minute. And what do you hear picked up on the field microphone immediately after a foul is committed? Max Allegri screaming at his players. The man does not rest even when a total beatdown is in progress.
- And I leave you with this: Since the month of January started, Juventus has played out wins of 2-0, 1-0, 1-0, 2-0 and 1-0. None of them were all that great, and I would like to think the general consensus from pretty much all of them was something along the lines of “Juve sure could have played a lot better.” What I’m trying to get at here is that after watching those games, we deserved a game like this where we could just sit back midway through the first half and know that Juventus don’t even have to kick it into another gear to try and get a second or third goal because they had already gotten it. We deserve nice things every now and then, too.