Without Cristiano Ronaldo, in quarantine after testing positive for the new coronavirus at the start of the week, Juventus has complicated its task. She played for half an hour to ten after the exclusion of Federico Chiesa, the last-minute rookie in the transfer window, for his very first match with the Bianconeri.
After the opening of the scoring by Crotone, on a fairly generous penalty converted by Simy (12th), Chiesa had nevertheless done what was necessary to put the Turinese afloat by offering the equalizer to Alavaro Morata (21st).
But the evening did not go as well for the two. Chiesa was severely sent off on the hour mark for a late intervention, while Morata after hitting the post with a cross header was denied by VAR the 2-1 goal for a borderline offside , ten minutes from time.
Three days before the trip to Kiev in C1, Turin coach Andrea Pirlo had lined up a new look team. With the veteran Buffon, 42, in goals (650th Serie A match for the record holder for matches played in the Italian 1st division) but in front of him a very young team with the tenures of young shoots Frabotta (21) and Portanova (20 years).
The novice coach is still looking for the right formula for his Juve who, not to mention the green carpet victory over Napoli, has so far won only once on the pitch.