Last night Juventus found themselves playing the Coppa Italia winners Lazio in the Supercoppa Italiana. After a big build up to the game and even some controversy Juventus still showed that they were the ones to beat even after a terrible pre season. Juventus went out to win and pledged a strong team however Mirko Vucinic was preferred to new signing Fernando Llorente.
The game began very tense but fast and each team had their fair share of chances with Andre Dias and Mirko Vucinic coming incredibly close to opening the scoring within the first ten minutes. The first goal of the game however was almost by luck. Claudio Marchisio had to be taken off in the 21st minute and his replacement Paul Pogba scored in the 23rd. Despite the goal the tensity of the game didn't ease and it would of taken a brave man to guess that the next goal would be from a counter attack. Juve cleared a corner which fell to Lichtsteiner who ran into Lazio's box to square the ball across to Giorgio Chiellini who slotted the ball into an almost empty net. This then opened the game up for just four minutes but the mark of a good team is being able to take advantage of that and Juventus did just that. Lichtsteiner made a blistering run down the middle played a little one two with Vucinic and he found himself one on one where he put the ball into the bottom right hand corner. And just seconds after that Pogba had his efforts denied by Marchetti but Pogba didn't give up and he set up Carlos Tevez for his first competitive goal for the Bianconeri. This four minute period of the game completely finished Lazio and from there on it was plain sailing for the Turin team and Juventus confirmed their second successive Supercoppa through a 4-0 win over Lazio.
This game for me was rather disappointing as the result and great performance by the Juventus players was overshadowed by the disgusting racist chants aimed at Paul Pogba, Angelo Ogbonna and Kwadwo Asamoah who were abused every time they touched the ball. Despite this when it came to the football even the racist chants couldn't disguise the fact that Juventus demolished Lazio. Juve had a poor pre season and many were doubting us for the Serie A title again but I am 110% sure that now everybody is regarding Juventus as the title favourites. Every player put in their fair share and not one player could be faulted but my Man of the Match had to be Stephan Lichtsteiner. He was and incredible threat whenever he picked up the ball but not just that he was able to defend extremely well. I can now not wait for the new Serie A season to begin ! FORZA JUVE !!!