Aquilani 13, Felipe Melo (pen) 34, Quagliarella 43, Del Piero 81
An absolutely dominating performance by the Bianconeri saw them cruise to a romping 4-0 victory against Lecce at Stadio Olimpico di Torino. A performance peppered with superlative adjectives confirmed the arrival of change at Juventus. Lecce simply couldn’t handle the heat and were thoroughly outperformed in every department of the game.
Once again, the focal point of attack for Juve was summer signing Milos Krasić. It is safe to say that the Serbian has already exceeded his expectations and has carved a place in the Bianconeri hearts irrespective of how the season progresses. One must have lost track of the number of times he carried on his trademark sizzling runs either on the right wing or in the center, skipping past defenders as if they weren’t there. Not a single one of those runs was pointless as he constantly created chances and half-chances. Apart from the dribbling abilities, Krasić also demonstrated excellent ball distribution and selfless play. He never tried to take the game on by himself and always passed to teammates if they were in a better position or making forward runs. He won one penalty and provided direct assists for two other goals. At least two Lecce players were booked in the process of attempting to stop him.
No Juventus analysis is complete without mentioning the rise and rise of Felipe Melo. Once again, he tied down the midfield very effectively and worked hard enough to relieve the backline of any pressure. The way he took his penalty reflected his growing confidence which is critical for his form. Last season, Melo was often jeered by the Bianconeri faithful and today, he received a standing ovation. Luigi Delneri must be given huge credit for converting Melo from a midfield liability to a mediano for which Juventus actually paid for.
There was no chance Lecce keeper Antonio Rosati could save Alberto Aquilani’s stunning low drive from outside the box which broke the deadlock. In the process, the former AS Roma midfielder scored his first goal for Juventus. If this form continues, he could possess serious threat to Claudio Marchisio in the center midfield. Speaking of which, Marchisio started on the left wing today. Although not his natural position, he was very effective on the day and provided the assist for Aquilani’s goal.
The Juventus defence was hardly ever tested. The services of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci were rarely called upon. Zdeněk Grygera looked very comfortable in the right-back position and does not look prone to errors like last season. Paolo De Ceglie looked a bit nervous for some time between the first two goals as he misplaced a few passes. But apart from that he was solid. Marco Storari pulled off one brilliant save on 22nd minute as he stopped Daniele Corvia’s close-range effort and earned a well-deserved clean sheet.
Alessandro Del Piero remains Juve’s evergreen captain as he scored a fantastic goal during his appearance as a substitute. By doing so, he has now equalized Giampiero Boniparti’s tally of 178 goals in Serie A for Juventus.
21 Grygera – 19 Bonucci- 3 Chiellini- 29 De Ceglie
27 Krasic – 4 Felipe Melo – 14 Aquilani – 8 Marchisio
11 Amauri – 18 Quagliarella
64′ – 5 Sissoko on for 4 Felipe Melo
76′ – 23 Pepe on for 14 Aquilani
78′ – 10 Del Piero on for 18 Quagliarella