15 Sep Fiorentina v Juventus Match Report, 14/09/2019, Serie A
Serie A champions Juventus dropped points to the first time this year at a goalless draw with Fiorentina in Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Maurizio Sarri saw on in the dugout for the first time but couldn’t stop Juventus’ perfect beginning to the Serie A campaign coming to a conclusion in a goalless draw Fiorentina on Saturday.
Juve’s head trainer had been absent for the wins against Parma and Napoli because of a bout of pneumonia but was on that the sideline at Florence as his side failed to discover a means through.
The people lost Douglas Costa and Miralem Pjanic to supposed hamstring and thigh injuries respectively before half-time and never really got going at Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Fiorentina were with no point heading into this game – and with no Serie A win because February – but seemed the more likely to score against a lacklustre Juventus, who transfer one point clear of Inter and Torino in the summit after enjoying a game longer.
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Franck Ribery was given his entire debut for the side and fired at a low drive 16 moments in which was rescued by Wojciech Szczesny, that lived a previous scare when his clearance ricocheted away Federico Chiesa and flew over the bar.
Fiorentina keeper Bartlomiej Dragowski kept out efforts from Blaise Matuidi and Pjanic at the area of a moment, however, Szczesny was also kept busy in the opposite end as Dalbert came alongside his back-post header.
The hosts continued to look the more likely to score at the first stages of the second half since Dalbert’s angled drive was palmed off by Szczesny, minutes before Gaetano Castrovilli scuffed wide from a fantastic position.
Chiesa’s tumultuous effort skimmed the crossbar 65 moments in and Nikola Milenkovic subsequently led straight at Szczesny in a fantastic place as the game ended scoreless.
What exactly does it imply? Juve far from complete circulation
Juve’s 4-3 win against Napoli followed a slim 1-0 success against Parma on the opening weekend.
Kalidou Koulibaly’s own purpose could have retrieved the winners out time but there was no such luck now, giving the chasing pack a opportunity to capitalise on this initial slip-up of this effort.
Ribery still has it
Employed as a substitute at Fiorentina’s first two matches, the two-week fracture gave Ribery a opportunity to achieve peak fitness and he had been really playful on his very first start.
The 36-year old had a few attempts on goal in the first half, made a glorious opportunity for Dalbert and abandoned the field to a standing ovation 69 minutes in.
De Ligt requires time to accommodate
Matthijs de Ligt fought on his Serie A debut against Napoli two months back and he looked shaky at times here as Fiorentina took the match to their opponents – although Juve did keep a clean sheet on this event.
The Netherlands centre-back place Szczesny under stress using a bad back-pass at the first half and has been cautioned 35 minutes to the second phase for bringing down Ribery.
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– Juventus are winless in their past 3 games away from home at Serie A after an global fracture (D3 L1).
– Ahead of now the previous time Juventus made two substitutions at a first half in Serie A was in January 2011, against Parma.
– Fiorentina haven’t won in their past 13 home Serie A matches, their longest run in the airport.
– Juventus have won just one of their past six Serie A off games, following five wins from the past six.
– Juventus surrendered 18 shots: the previous time that the Bianconeri surrendered more in Serie A was in March from Napoli (21).
– Fiorentina have experienced 18 shots in all three Serie A matches this year.
What is next?
Fiorentina see Atalanta following Sunday and Juventus host Hellas Verona the afternoon ahead, but they visit Atletico Madrid in four days’ time because of their opening Champions League team fixture.