Serie A match-week three kicked off in an enticing fashion as Juventus and Roma were both forced to share spoils in a 1-1 draw Saturday evening at the Allianz Stadium.
Ahead of the vital fixture The “Special One” stuck with his 3-4-2-1 formation and had the Serbian international Nemanja Matic make his first start for the Giallorossi in order to replace Nicolo Zaniolo following his shoulder injury against Cremonese.
On the other hand, Allegri remained firm on his 4-3-3 tactical set-up and selected the 19 year-old prospect Fabio Miretti to start in the central area of the pitch instead of the American international Weston Mckennie.
It didn’t take long for sparks to fly at the Allianz as Chris Smalling gave away a clumsy foul on the top of the box in the opening seconds of the game as he failed to contain Vlahovic.
The Serbian international stepped up to the free-kick and scored an mesmerizing free-kick with his lethal left-foot that curled in the top corner to hand the Bianconeri the lead.
Despite Roma having more ball-possession, Mourinho’s side failed to cause any sort of significant threat as they struggled to connect their passes together. The holding midfielder broke the lines as he picked out some pockets on several occasions, but Lorenzo Pellegrini’s shot went straight into the hands of Juventus’ shot-stopper and the threaded needle pass towards Tammy Abraham was slightly over-cooked.
On the other hand, The Old Lady were menacing as they made swift passes out-wide and were causing mayhem for Mourinho’s back-line. Miretti slithered through his burst of pace and marvellous technique to find Filip Kostic and Juan Cuadrado out-wide. Despite sending in vulnerable crosses, The Portuguese veteran Rui Patricio got his hands dirty and did some house-keeping in the box.
The Bianconeri managed to temporarily double their advantage as the box-to-box midfielder Locatelli scored a thunderous strike into the back of the net falling a lay-off from Cuadrado, but the goal was disallowed due to hand-ball committed by Vlahovic throughout the build-up to the magnificent finish, forcing the Tuscan tactician to settle with one-goal lead after the first 45.
Within the second half, the Portuguese tactician shuffled his deck as he subbed off Stephen El Shaarawy and Nicola Zalewski for Leonardo Spinazzola and Gianluca Mancini in order to switch to 3-4-3 formation and push towards an equalizer.
The Bianconeri continued where they left off as they contused posing a threat through their fast build-up play, but lacked the finishing touch within the final third. Despite, maintaining control for a solid fifteen minutes, Allegri’s plan began to crumble upon him.
A well-delivered corner that was stretched towards the second post lead to Dybala getting his foot on the ball in an acrobatic manner and paving it perfectly towards the English talisman Abraham in the centre of the box,who headed the ball past Szczensny to obtain the equalizer with 20 minutes to go.
Despite throwing in the likes of Milik, Mckennie, Rovella, and Kean intp the mix, Juventus were incapable of finding a match-winning goals, resulting the clash of the Serie A giants ending in a stalemate.
As it stands, Roma maintain their grip within the top four, while Juventus slip into six. Despite both teams maintaining their unbeaten status after the opening three fixtures of the campaign, Allegri’s side have tied to consecutive games.
Therefore, Allegri hopes his team can break out of this sluggish form as they play Spezia throughout the mid-week fixtures at the Allianz, while Roma are set to face newly-promoted side Monza at the Stadio Olimpico.