Saturday, 24 August 2013

Sampdoria vs Juventus Match Review !

The Bianconeri started their 2013/14 as they mean to go on ... winning. Juve's first game of the season was away to Sampdoria where the Bianconeri haven't been successful in their last five visits. Despite this Juve were favourites and put out a very strong team of Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Asamoah, Pogba, Vidal, Pirlo, Lichtsteiner, Vucinic and Tevez.

Juve started the game extremely well and came close to going one up when Pirlo had a shot from long range tipped over the bar by Sampdoria keeper Da Costa. Minutes after this Sampdoria could have been rewarded a penalty when he was pulled down by Chiellini however the officials decided that the foul was committed outside of the box. Juventus then came extremely close to going ahead when Asamoah had an excellent diving header tipped over the bar acrobatically by Da Costa. The first half ended goalless but Juve's dominance was proven in the statistics at half time as Juve had six shots whereas Sampdoria didn't have a shot at all. Juve came out to the second half playing with the same tempo as the first which was fast and Sampdoria found it hard to keep up with them and the fast pace of Juve payed of and they finally got the goal that they deserved. Vidal played a brilliant ball through to Pogba who slotted the ball across the box to Tevez who scored on his Serie A debut. Sampdoria managed to score just minutes after from a free kick but the goal was disallowed as the scorer Costa was offside. The Bianconeri then managed to control the game and doing this they slowed the tempo down. Juve dominated the rest of the game and in the last few minutes the win was confirmed as Sampdoria's Castellini was sent off for a two footed challenge on Lichtsteiner.

I think that this 1-0 over Sampdoria was a great result for the Bianconeri and a great way to start the season. Every Juve player impressed and proved that Juve are the rightful favourites for the Scudetto. The result was made even sweeter as Milan failed to win at Verona where Luca Toni scored two goals to help them beat Juve's rivals 2-1. I think this win for Juventus is just a sighter of what to expect from the Bianconeri during the season and that is winning.