For the first time in the history of the Derby della Mole, today’s match was contested in the beautiful Juventus Stadium. Coming off the stinging loss from the last game week against AC Milan, the Bianconeri were looking to make a statement in one of the fiercest rivalries in Serie A.
The big surprise was the 4-3-3 formation that Conte chose to start with, going away from his trusted 3-5-2 for the first time this campaign. Asamoah, Vidal, and Chiellini did not start the match, and the latter two were not featured at all; getting some well deserved rest ahead of the mid-week match against Shakhtar Donetsk which will decide whether the team returns to the knockout stages for the first time in a long time.
This season, Juve has developed a reputation for starting off slow, and today was no different. The start featured a lot of missed opportunities and back-and-forth play which is always expected of a derby. Things started to turn around when Glik was shown a straight red in the 36th minute for a tackle on Giaccherini. Pogba was able to draw a penalty 5 minutes later but Pirlo shockingly missed high & wide.
Luckily, the team came out in the second half with new found hunger and it paid off. Marchisio opened up the scoresheet in the 57th minute off an amazing cross from Giovinco and it was all celebrations after that. Giovinco latched onto a shot in the 67th to make it 2-0 and Marchisio completed his brace to put away the match in the 84th. Once again, the team was able to pull out a victory in the face of many blown opportunities. 26 shots, 10 shots on target, and only 3 goals.
Juve need at least one point from the match against Shakhtar to advance to the knockout stages. Hopefully the team can travel with an ambitious mindset and qualify into the next round of the Champions League. I think the funds from qualification will enable the team to buy a clinical striker during the winter transfer window which is absolutely critical for the team’s campaign for three trophies. The next time we see Juventus in Serie A, Antonio Conte will return from his suspension to lead his side against Palermo on December 9th. Forza Juve!