Juventus Have Taken Another Step Towards Title
Juventus beat Roma 3-0 this Sunday. Arturo Vidal, Leonardo Bonucci and Mirko Vucinic‘s goals helped Antonio Conte‘s side gain a convincing victory. The champions are now eight points ahead of Roma and seem on their way to a third consecutive Serie A title.
As expected, Conte fielded his favorite 3-5-2 formation with his usual starting XI. Frenchman Paul Pogba was picked over Claudio Marchisio to start in midfield. Before this game, the Bianconeri were unbeaten in their last nine and have yet to lose a game at home, but it was a big test for them with the unbeaten Roma coming to the Juventus Stadium. Roma manager Rudi Garcia unsurprisingly fielded a 4-3-3 formation with his usual starting lineup.
Despite a very good start by Roma, it’s Juve that opened the scoring at the 17th minute. Vidal beat Roma’s goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis from close range after receiving a perfectly timed pass from Carlos Tevez. Not discouraged by Juventus’ goal, Roma kept dominating possession, but the Giallorossi struggled to make the difference in the final third due to the fact that Conte’s men defended deep in their own half and managed to keep their lead until the break.
Leonardo Bonucci sealed the deal for the Bianconeri three minutes after the break. Pirlo‘s free-kick over the Roma’s defense found Bonucci at the far post, who just had to tackle it into the net. Things went from bad to worse for Roma at the 75th minute with the sending-off of Daniele Rossi for a terrible two-footed tackle on Giorgio Chiellini. Three minutes later, Leandro Castan was sent off after a deliberate handball on his goal-line. Mirko Vucinic transformed the penalty to make it 3-0 for Juve.
Juventus handed Roma their first defeat of the season and are now eight points ahead of the Giallorossi. After a good first half, Garcia’s men gradually lost their nerves and let the Bianconeri take control of the game. Even though there are still 20 games to play in Serie A, it’s difficult to imagine Juventus losing the title.