Juventus VS Sassuolo Football Match Score 15 Aug 2022
After an uncharacteristic period of struggle, Juventus aim to get back on track in 2022-23, and they kick off their campaign by hosting Sassuolo on Monday. While the Bianconeri finished fourth for the second straight season, their visitors slipped to 11th despite some typically enterprising displays – including a 2-1 win over Juve in October. A season that started with the hasty departure of Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester and featured the January arrival of £70m striker Dusan Vlahovic ended in mediocrity for Juventus, as they only had Champions League qualification to show for their efforts across a testing 12 months.
Max Allegri’s return to the touchline could not halt Juve’s decline – losing both the Supercoppa Italiana and the Coppa Italia final to arch-rivals Inter – and having fallen below the high standards expected, changes have been plentiful this summer: Paulo Dybala, Douglas Costa, Federico Bernardeschi and iconic captain Giorgio Chiellini have all moved on. Meanwhile, re-signing favourite son Paul Pogba, plus bringing in Angel Di Maria, Filip Kostic and Bremer – the latter joining from city rivals Torino to replace Bayern Munich-bound Matthijs de Ligt – has sparked hopes of a revival among the Bianconeri faithful.
However, a flat note to end pre-season serves as a reminder that Juventus must bridge a big gap to the resurgent Milan clubs: having drawn with Barcelona and then lost to Real Madrid in the USA, they completed the holy trinity of La Liga by facing Atletico last week, in a fixture hastily switched from Tel Aviv to Turin. A 4-0 hammering was not the ideal outcome at Juve’s training centre, but as Allegri fine-tunes his squad for the coming campaign, the portents for Monday’s opener are good. Not only have Juventus won on 11 of the last 12 occasions they started their Serie A campaign at home, but they have also scored in 17 of their 18 matches versus Sassuolo – at an average of 2.4 goals per game.
Indeed, Sassuolo have won only once away to Juve in Serie A, losing seven of nine matches to date, but they did emerge victorious from their most recent visit last autumn, when goals from Davide Frattesi and Maxime Lopez helped them earn a 2-1 win. The Neroverdi have established a reputation as one of the most entertaining teams to watch in Serie A, and despite some early difficulties, managed to finished 11th in Alessio Dionisi’s first season at the club since succeeding the popular Roberto De Zerbi.
However, before getting the new league season under way with one of the toughest possible fixtures, Dionisi has had to deal with some turmoil in his renowned attacking department, which has proved so potent in recent times.
Gianluca Scamacca’s exit for West Ham brought in a reported £35m, and his fellow Italy international Giacomo Raspadori is still expected to leave before the transfer slides shut. Nonetheless, the Emilian club have responded in recent days, as Andrea Pinamonti arrives from Inter via a successful loan spell at Empoli and Uruguayan youngster Agustin Alvarez adds depth up front.
With Raspadori still leading the line, though, Sassuolo slumped out of the Coppa Italia at the first round stage last week, losing 3-2 at Serie B side Modena. Already, their chances of silverware are already over for another year – hardly the perfect preparation for a trip to Turin.
Italian giants Juventus will kick off their 2022/23 campaign with a home game against Sassuolo at the Allianz Stadium on Monday night.
It has now been two years since Juventus last won the Serie A title, and Massimilano Allegri will be keen to change that when he kicks off the 2022/23 campaign against Sassuolo at home in Turin.
I Bianconeri are coming off the back of a summer transfer window that saw them make some rather curious moves. Paul Pogba is the headline arrival, but the Frenchman is not yet fit to re-take to the field in the white and black. Angel Di Maria and Filip Kostic have also joined Allegri’s revolution and will be keen to make an instant impact.
In Sassuolo, Juventus are facing an opponent who can hurt them on their day. Given the injuries on their books, there is every chance that the Turin giants could be caught out if they aren’t at their best.
Sassuolo finished a disappointing 11th in the Italian top flight last season. They lost Gianluca Scamacca this summer and replaced him with talented South American youngster Agustin Alvarez. With Filip Djuricic also gone, the onus will be on star player Domenico Berardi to make the difference.
Alessio Dionisi will be keen to improve upon last season’s finish and can make an early statement with an opening day win in Turin. Juventus aren’t the force they once were and have been brought back to earth of late. Given the injuries on Juve’s roster, the game has a more balanced feel to it, and has the potential to be the first upset of the Serie A season.
Juventus were brought back to earth after a trophyless 2022/23 campaign. Their fall in recent years has coincided with the re-emergence of the Milan giants, leading to a monumental power shift in Serie A football.
Juventus opted for experience over youth in the summer transfer window, bringing in Paul Pogba, Filip Kostic and Angel Di Maria. One can argue that they are betting on immediate success over long-term development. With several players out injured Allegri will need to turn to his tactical acumen to negotiate a tricky opening day tie.
The Turin side will be without Federico Chiesa, Wojciech Szczesny, Kaio Jorge and Pogba, who are all ruled out with injuries. Weston McKennie and Juan Cuadrado are also recovering from injuries, and it could be a case of touch and go for the latter. Dusan Vlahovic also picked up a knock in pre-season but should be fit to feature.
Adrien Rabiot has been heavily linked with a summer move to Manchester United and is also suspended for the game. It is possible that the Frenchman might have played his last game in Bianconeri colours. Moise Kean is also suspended for the game, further adding to Allegri’s concerns.