Juventus and Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon looking for Premier League opportunity
Juventus should have taken the lead in the 35th following a great cut-back from the byline by Sami Khedira to Dybala but the Argentinian slipped.
“The difference? In the Champions League we have six points and in the league we have five, having played more games”, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. It was good enough to give the team their second win in the tournament so far and they are sitting firmly at top of the standings in Group D after the first two weeks of the tournament have been completed. Consolation lay in the two other major Italian trophies they accumulated that season.
After starting the Premier League season with five consecutive wins, a jolting home defeat by Juventus in their Champions League opener was followed by consecutive beatings by West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.
The new look Allegri’s side have endured a hard start to the league campaign as they sit 15th in the league standings after a solitary win from their first six games. “Yaya had a few problem with his hamstring, and we don’t know (if they will be fit)”.
“The competitive level will increase [when injured players return] but we have to build on our experience”.
Their pursuit of Everton defender John Stones throughout the summer was well-documented, a failed transfer that somewhat set the tone for Chelsea’s season ahead.
Juventus and Sevilla will square off in their second game of the group stage. The loss of both Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo continue to be keenly felt but Paul Pogba, Khedira and Marchisio have the potential to form a truly formidable trio. We’ve not played together for a long time, but we’ve got a great relationship. They couldn’t be expected to make an instant impact on the side, and are clearly not as influential as the likes of Pirlo and Tevez.
Juventus are on a 13-match unbeaten home run in the UEFA competition, dating back to a 2-0 loss to FC Bayern München in April 2013.
Juventus have several key players out injured, with striker Mario Mandzukic (thigh) joining a casualty list that already includes Claudio Marchisio.
Another cause for worry is the efficiency of Juve’s attacks.
Cuadrado was constantly involved, and his wing play down the right – along with that of Patrice Evra down the left – stretched Sevilla, which barely got out of its own half for much of the first period.