Juventus have put themselves in a spot of bother after losing a second consecutive game in the Italian Serie A. This time, however, it was against potential title rivals Roma. This is the first time in the history of the club that they have lost their opening two games, but manager Massimiliano Allegri says that he will not panic. Questions were always going to be asked about the team’s ability to cope following the loss of key players like Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez over the summer. It looks like Allegri will need more time to get the team functioning at the highest level possible.
The reigning Italian champions looked reasonably comfortable in the game, but this was not about to last for long. Miralem Pjanic was making a substantial impact in the centre of the park and he helped Roma take the lead with a wonderful freekick. Paul Pogba’s future continues to remain under speculation and he did not provide the best of performances on the pitch. Roma then doubled the lead in the 79th minute after watching their opponents reduced to 10 men following the red card to Patrice Evra. Juventus tried to mount a late challenge but the 87th minute goal from Dybala was only a consolation.
Pogba is linked with a late £70 million transfer to Chelsea. It would leave Juventus with little chance to reinvest the money. Allegri said:
“I am not concerned. Unfortunately these things happen in football.
“We must above all change something in terms of mentality. Finally tomorrow the transfer deadline comes and we can focus on working together as a group.
“I don’t like people who feel sorry for themselves, so we have to work hard and emerge from this moment. There’s no fitness issue, as we actually improved towards the end when down to 10 men.”
Roma not only dominated possession but they also had numerous chances to score even more. It was a disastrous performance from Juventus, who almost won the Champions League last season. If the Old Lady loses more important players, it remains to be seen if they can continue their winning streak in the league. Juventus have won the league title continuously for the past four seasons.
Allegri has very little time to make changes to the squad by adding new faces. The transfer window shuts shortly, but Juventus are expected to remain active until the gates are shut. Juventus will be hoping to end the nightmare start to the season when they take on Chievo after the international break. Allegri has one consolation with the fact that both the defeats have come against teams that are reasonably strong in the form of Udinese and Roma. However, Chievo currently lead the table after having taken spectacular victories from the opening two games.