Juve shake off rough start to put away Sassuolo - football

Juve shake off rough start to put away Sassuolo



There will be no need for a big speech from the captain after this trip to the Mapei Stadium. You would be forgiven to think during the first 20 minutes of so of Juventus? trip to play Sassuolo that the team hadn?t shaken off its recent struggles. The home team was keeping possession of the ball, busted Juve?s attempts to break their press, and forced the visitors into a couple of very bad mistakes.
But shortly thereafter Juve managed to stroke home the opening goal, and the game changed. Juve started to settle, and though there was an alarming moment here or there ? we?ll get to that ? they eventually turned in a solid performance, and took home a 3-0 win that extended their lead over second-place Napoli, who drew on Saturday, to 11 points. In addition, the performance will likely do something to assuage the fears of Juventini who had seen their team play some of the worst football of their seven-year title run over the last couple of weeks. Massimiliano Allegri was still scraping the bottom of the depth chart in defense, although Andrea Barzagli was deemed fit enough to sit with the subs for the first time in three months. Wojciech Szczesny reclaimed his starting shirt after resting last weekend, and sat behind a 4-3-3 formation. Mattia De Sciglio, Daniele Rugani, Martin Caceres, and Alex Sandro were arrayed in front of him in defense. Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic, and Blaise Matuidi formed the midfield, while Federico Bernardeschi, Mario Mandzukic, and Cristiano Ro...
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