We knew the situation that presented itself. It wasn’t that hard to see that, if Juventus wanted to enter the month of February and the second half of the 2020-21 season with much of a shot of considering themselves title contenders, then taking advantage of the cards that flipped in their favor less than 24 hours earlier would have to happen.
More dropped points against a team that Juve shouldn’t drop points against would have been deemed the latest setback in a1 season already full of them.
But there would be no dropped points at Allianz Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Indeed, the weekend’s lunchtime kickoff proved to be, despite a few nervy moments to open the second half, a victorious afternoon just when Juve needed it most.
Thanks to goals from Arthur and Weston McKennie, Juventus was able to prevent any more shenanigans against mid-table opposition for at least one weekend and claim a 2-0 win over Bologna. And no, I’m not pulling your leg — Juve’s midfield, the same group that we were sitting here saying not-so-nice things about all of seven days ago, scored both of the team’s goals on Sunday and that is something that you can’t take away from them. It should also be something we should be quite happy about seeing as it doesn’t happen all that often.
We knew the circumstance that introduced itself. It wasn’t that difficult to see that, if Juventus needed to enter the period of February and the second 50% of the 2020-21 season with a very remarkable shot of seeing themselves as title competitors, at that point exploiting the cards that flipped in support of themselves under 24 hours sooner would need to occur.
More dropped focuses against a group that Juve shouldn’t drop focuses against would have been considered the most recent misfortune in a1 season effectively loaded with them.
However, there would be no dropped focuses at Allianz Arena on Sunday evening. In fact, the end of the week’s noon the opening shot end up being, regardless of a couple of cheeky minutes to open the subsequent a large portion of, a successful evening exactly when Juve required it most.
On account of objectives from Arthur and Weston McKennie, Juventus had the option to forestall additional trickeries against mid-table resistance for in any event one end of the week and guarantee a 2-0 success over Bologna. What’s more, no, I’m not testing your sanity — Juve’s midfield, the very gathering that we were staying here saying not really decent things pretty much all of seven days prior, scored both of the group’s objectives on Sunday and that is something that you can’t detract from them. It ought to likewise be something we ought to be very upbeat about witnessing as it doesn’t all that regularly.
However, more critically: Juventus presently trails AC Milan — which lost 3-0 on account of Atalanta on Saturday night — by seven in the Serie A standings.
This was the chance that Juventus expected to exploit — and they did exactly that.
That is the thing that expected to occur. Fortunately it did. What’s more, despite the fact that this was a long way from a runaway sort of game — despite the fact that it might have been if Juve were more productive before objective — Juve had the option to hold off any sort of Bologna upset offer that brought about more dropped focuses. That would have been the exact opposite thing any of us needed to see realizing that both of the Milan clubs began the end of the week with valuable outcomes.
There were minutes in this game where Juve’s negative behavior patterns from the early goings of this season would show their appearances by and by. The initial five or 10 minutes of the subsequent half had Juventus resembling the group that was losing, not the one that had a lovely predominant first half in quite a while of ownership and chances made. Be that as it may, with a smidgen of help structure their in-structure fella in objective, Juventus endured Bologna’s initial second-half surge and discovered their balance.
That is the place where McKennie came in, and put a tad of space to breathe among Juve and Bologna prior to doing a smidgen of sword play subsequent to scoring his third objective of the period.