Maurizio Sarri is leading Juventus to yet another Serie A title but the Italian giants do not look comfortable at the top of points table.
Paulo Dybala got on the scoreboard. The Argentine is enjoying football’s return.
Cristiano Ronaldo could not be contained. The Portuguese sent a rocket from distance to trouble the scorers.
Douglas Costa would use his trickery to pile misery on the tired legs of Genoa players. He made it 3-0 before Andrea Pinamonti scored a consolation goal.
The Old Lady have registered three straight wins in Serie A, while Lazio and Inter Milan have found it difficult to scrape points.
While Dybala and Ronaldo have managed three goals apiece, Juventus have looked unconvincing. The results have come but the affairs were more closely matched that the result states.
Maurizio Sarri is fighting for his job and here are three reasons why.
Miralem Pjanic, Adrian Rabiot and Rodrigo Bentancur were fielded in midfield. The trio were tasked to maintain possession and put Sarri’s plans into action. It was not to be.
Juventus do not assert themselves in the middle of the park. They lose possession far too cheaply and do not make the most of their opportunities. Had the individual brilliance of the forwards not come into action, it would have been a tough fixture to negotiate.
At 35, Cristiano is not the same force as he was before. He is a physical marvel but to expect him to deliver day in day out it a big task. However, the Portuguese forward continues to chip in with goals. Such is his brilliance.
When Ronaldo has an off day, Juventus suffer. It was witnessed in the Coppa Italia final. Napoli thwarted the former Real Madrid attacker’s advances and the Old Lady were silenced.
Miralem Pjanic is leaving and Arthur Melo is arriving. For a net transfer spend of €10 million, Juventus are getting a ten-year younger midfield maestro. But is he the player Juventus need? They already have plenty of midfielders in their dressing room.
Jorginho was the player they needed. The midfielder well versed with Sarri’s demands. He would have fit in like a glove but no. The Old Lady reduced their wage budget and got yet another midfielder.
It is time the Turin based outfit look at Liverpool and understand that quality rather than quantity matters.