Amauri 42, Del Piero 61,77(p)
Rossi 16, 63
This was exactly what the doctor ordered – a win for Juventus.
Juve started the game encouragingly with two shots on goal in the first five minutes by Martin Caceres. Caceres who is a central defender but can play on the right and left was Juve’s primary source of pace. The versatile defender was the spark of creativity that the Bianconeri needed as it was his brilliant pass that found Amauri and gave him the chance to equalise. Again Caceres had the pace and determination to jump over a tackle a still be able to pass the ball accurately to the attacking player. This grit and speed had been visibly lacking from the Juve side.
On more than one occasion Juventus were slow to get a counter-attack started and by the time play had gotten up field, so had Genoa’s defence. After the interval Juve put on an encouraging show with Caceres again with the first shot at goal. La Vecchia Signora did not have long to wait for a goal, when a inspired back-heel from Diego found Alessandro Del Piero and Juve were ahead. This lasted two minutes when Marco Rossi levelled it for Genoa. Indecision and tactical uncertainty still seep through the players and it was no surprise to see the Bianconeri concede twice on the night. It is visible that a large number of Juve players are not used to playing in certain positions and, simply put, were getting in each other’s way.
It became increasingly evident that Diego needed someone to play off, as he was often on his own without support. This was often due to the fact that he had to wait for his teammates to get up field because he was simply too fast, but he was not strong enough to hold up the ball long enough for the others to find themselves in a decent position. Diego has been labelled as a playmaker but currently the lack of support on the field from his teammates is seeing that tag weigh down the Brazilian.
Juve came away from this game with a very lucky win, as it was a very contentious penalty by Del Piero that won the game. But the penalty came at 77 minutes and this Juve side – now famous for letting leads slip – were sure not make the same mistakes again and the last 20 minutes consisted of pure pressure by the Bianconeri with this one win they were not going to let slip.