Juventus is now on top of the table in Serie A after its 2-0 win against Livorno this Sunday. Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez were the heroes of the day. The Bianconneri are now two points ahead of former league leaders Roma, who will have a chance to go back on top should they beat Cagliari on Monday.
This game was the 500th in Serie A for Juve’s legendary goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon. The Italian international has always been an important player for Juve since he joined the club in 2001 from Parma. Once again, Buffon was between the sticks this Sunday to help his teammates record a fifth consecutive win, their 11th of the season.
The absences of Andrea Barzagli, Stephan Lichsteiner, Angelo Ogbonna and Leonardo Bonucci forced Antonio Conte to play central midfielder Arturo Vidal in central defense, but Juventus controlled the game relatively easily. Facing a very defensive opponent, the Bianconneri recorded 74 percent of ball possession, but failed to score in the first half despite chances by Paul Pogba, Llorente and Tevez.
Like in the last few weeks, the light came from Pogba. The French midfielder perfectly curled his cross for Llorente, who volleyed the ball into the upper right corner of Livorno’s goal at the 63rd minute. 10 minutes later, Pogba found Llorente again in the box, who perfectly used his body to hold the ball before passing it to Tevez for a close-range finish.
Roma’s brilliant start of the season (10 wins in first 10 games) has made everyone forget that the best team in Italy was still Juventus. The reigning Champions are determined to keep their title and will be very difficult to beat this season.