The Italian coach predicted their suffering at the kick-off with Sassuolo today
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said his side, who are the most successful in Serie A, must show humility and progress on all fronts if they want to win the title again.
Allegri took over the Turin club for the second time last year and is hoping to improve on results from last season as the team finished fourth for the second consecutive time after winning the title nine times in a row.
The team’s results during the pre-season have raised doubts about its ability to return to the top of Italian football after its 2-0 win over Wadi El-Ghajar, a 2- 2 against Barcelona, then a 2-0 loss against Real Madrid and a resounding 4-0 defeat against Atlético Madrid.
“The big loss (against Atletico Madrid) was useful for us to pay attention, Juventus has an obligation to win the title,” Allegri said on Monday ahead of his side’s first game of the new Serie A season against Sassuolo. “There are 4-5 contenders for the title, including us. We must work in silence and improve the conditions of the team in all aspects.” In the beginning we will have to accept the suffering, as in all games. Respecting the opponent and not underestimating him has always been one of the winning teams’ strengths.”
Juventus has strengthened its squad with new players during the current summer transfer period, but it will play tomorrow’s game deprived of the efforts of some players, such as midfielder Paul Pogba, due to a knee injury, in addition to the main goalkeeper Wojciech Szczecin.
And striker Federico Chiesa is expected to return to the squad next January, due to his knee ligament tear and his absence in the second half of last season.
Allegri added: “Stinsney is on the road to recovery. Pogba is training and we hope to be back as soon as possible. Chiesa will be back by January at the latest.”
It is worth noting that Milan launched the campaign to defend its title with a comprehensive victory over its host Udinese 4-2 in the first stage of the Italian football league, while its rivals Inter a last-gasp victory over Lecce 2- 1 achieved.
At the San Siro Stadium, he took turns scoring Milan’s quartet of Frenchman Theo Hernandez (12 from a penalty), Croatian Ante Rebic (15 and 68) and Spaniard Ibrahim Dias (46), while Brazilian Rodrigo Picao (2) and Moroccan Adam Masina (45 4) My goal is the guests.
With this first win, Milan picked up the first three points on their way to defending their title, while Udinese were left empty-handed. The Udinese team managed to quickly impose its rhythm, to open the scoring after 90 seconds through Picao, who kicked to a corner kicked by his Spanish colleague Gerard Deulofeu and (2).
In the ninth minute, the referee awarded Milan a penalty after reverting to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technique against Frenchman Brandon Sobe for obstructing David Calabria, so Hernandez successfully slotted it into the goal converted (12). And only three minutes later, Rebic doubled the score and scored the goal for Milan, after a cross from Calabria from the right, the Croatian met with a direct shot into the net (15). Rossoneri were awarded a free-kick from outside the penalty area by Algerian Ismail bin Nasser, but it went wide of goalkeeper Marco Silvestri’s left post.
In the last minute of first-half stoppage time, Udinese equalized through Moroccan Massina, who met an excellent right-handed cross from Argentine Roberto Pereira and scored (45 4).
In the second half, Milan greeted Udinese with an early goal through Dias, about half a minute into his start, when he received a cross from the left lane in which the Udinese defense made a fatal error, and the Spaniard has it easily in the net.
There were several chances for Udinese to equalise, most notably by Nigerian Isaac Succes (52) with a powerful long shot over the crossbar. However, Rebic decided to add to Milan’s goal kick with a fourth goal (68), after Dias managed to get the ball into the right arcade and set up a cross by the Croatian into the net.
Lukaku got off to a perfect start on his return to Inter, scoring a goal two minutes from time against newly promoted Lecce after the first leg.
The Belgium international striker scored Lecce’s close-range header from a Matteo Darmian cross to give Inter the lead at the “Via del Mare” stadium at the start of the “Nerasori” campaign to take the Scudetto from rivals AC Milan to restore
The irony is that Lukaku himself scored a goal against Lecce in his first match in the Italian league in 2019, when Inter won 4-0.
Marco Baroni’s side refused to concede to their opponents, and he equalized less than two minutes into the second half through Gambian Asan Sesay following a pass from Federico Di Francesco.
However, Dutch full-back Denzel Dumfries grabbed the spotlight by scoring the winning goal for Inter in the fourth minute of stoppage time (90 4).