Diego 4, Candreva 65
A much improved, yet far from perfect performance from Juventus resulted in a hard-fought victory over mediocre Bologna at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.
Diego’s goal could be called a bit fortunate, but the way he ran through the defence was one of the reasons why he is in Turin in the first place. Yesterday, he did not do anything fancy on the pitch, but was the central figure in every move Juventus constructed. The most telling sign of the Old Lady’s revival was the way they kept possession during the first half. From time to time, the midfielders strung together a number of passes in an attempt to craft a move, and when it failed they started from the back. Particularly, Claudio Marchisio had a good, all-round game. It is well-known that Mohamed Sissoko and Felipe Melo are less than capable in the passing department. Perhaps, the combination of a mediano and a good passer like Marchisio might work out better than two ball-winners in the middle. Alessandro Del Piero’s return to form and the Bianconeri revival are no coincidence. The captain was creative on a number of occasions and his assist for Antonio Candreva’s goal was nothing short of delightful.
The defence still remains an area of concern for Juventus as Bologna laid siege to their goal in last ten minutes or so. Although Zdenek Grygera did not do anything wrong, he did not look entirely comfortable in a central defensive position. The Bianconeri haven’t kept a single clean sheet since Alberto Zaccheroni has taken over, providing the Coach some food for thought.
Good news for all Juventini is that Mauro Camoranesi made an appearance after a long injury lay-off. The World Cup winner had less than five minutes on the pitch but his return will be a massive boost for the Bianconeri. Camoranesi’s creativity and versatility is unquestionable and he could fit in Zaccheroni’s 3-4-1-2 system as wing-back, central midfielder or even the attacking midfielder position. It would be interesting to see how the Coach makes use of a fully fit Camoranesi. David Trezeguet was also seen warming up during the game and he should make an appearance soon, opening up options for Zaccheroni. In spite of being injured for most of the season until now, Trezeguet remains Juventus’ top scorer with 7 league goals – underlying his importance to the squad.
Nothing changes for Bologna as they stay 5 points clear off the relegation zone. Their objective would be to stay in the top flight for several seasons. Adailton was probably their best player on the pitch. The Brazilian hit the crossbar with his free kick and kept the Bianconeri defence on their toes throughout the game. The midfield duo of Antonio Busce and Gaby Mudingayi tried their best to overcome Juventus inthe second half but no end result was achieved.
From draws to controversial victory to undisputed victory – Juventus are showing definite signs of progress. Key players are returning to form and the injury list is getting shorter. Barring the repeat of an incredible debacle, the Bianconeri should comfortably achieve their primary objective of Champions’ League qualification.