Three takeaways from Juventus 1-0 Lecce: Milik an able deputy for Vlahovic, Bianconeri must offer more

Juventus inflicted a first defeat on Serie A's surprise package Lecce at the Allianz Stadium, as Arkadiusz Milik filled in for Dusan Vlahovic and netted his first goal of the campaign.

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Juventus earned a fourth win of the season as they secured a 1-0 victory over Lecce in Matchday 6 of Serie A at the Allianz Stadium.

The game was settled by a second-half Arkadiusz Milik goal, with the Poland international heading in from close range to put the Old Lady’s 4-2 defeat to Sassuolo last time out behind them.

Lecce, who were unbeaten prior to the trip to Turin, had substitute Mohamed Kaba sent off deep into injury time for a second bookable offence.

Uninspiring Juventus back to winning ways

Juventus were far from impressive and left the pitch at half-time to a chorus of jeers, as one misplaced pass after another went out of play. Whilst there was a notable improvement after the break against Lecce, the Bianconeri have failed to catch the eye this term and came into the clash off the back of the Sassuolo loss, with the pressure on already.

Meanwhile, there have been plenty of issues off the field to contend with, including a positive doping test for Paul Pogba, making convincing displays on the pitch imperative.

Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie takes on Lecce’s Patrick Dorgu (@Juventusfcen)

Whilst Lecce have been the surprise package in Serie A this season and the loss in Turin was their first defeat of the campaign, Juventus will have been looking for a reaction to the weekend’s loss and the display against the Giallorossi did not suggest that it had elicited one.

With a tough run of fixtures to come, starting with Atalanta and then the Derby del Mole against Torino, and a crunch visit to AC Milan, Massimiliano Allegri’s side must up their game or risk losing significant ground in the title race.

Milik back amongst the goals

Juventus striker Arkadiusz Milik scores against Lecce (@Juventusfcen)

Allegri caused a stir when Juventus’ starting line-up was announced and there was no room for Dusan Vlahovic, with the striker dropped to the bench in favour of Milik. The Serbia international has been the Bianconeri’s focal point in attack since arriving from Fiorentina in January 2022, and had netted four goals from the opening five Serie A games.

However, Allegri saw an opportunity to rest Vlahovic ahead of a tough match against Atalanta on Saturday and instead afforded Milik a chance in attack. Whilst the Pole saw little in front of goal, he was on hand to pounce when it mattered and show that on his day he remains a dangerous option up front.

The former Napoli striker is unlikely to see too many starts whilst Vlahovic remains fit, especially with Moise Kean also in the mix and Allegri favouring a single striker to partner Federico Chiesa. Yet, Milik showed that he can be an able deputy and retains that eye for a goal in the six-yard box.

Lecce can take confidence

Lecce’s Nikola Krstovic and Juventus’ Manuel Locatelli. [@OfficialUSLecce]

Lecce travelled to Turin sitting pretty in third place in the Serie A table and knew that a victory would move them to within a point of leaders Inter. The Giallorossi had already picked up three wins this season and were subjected to a first defeat of the campaign by Juventus, and despite a timid performance, they can remain positive.

In Roberto D’Aversa they have a coach who has experience in Serie A and has been able to turn the squad into a solid unit, whilst their scouting systems are amongst the finest in Europe. Indeed, the benefits are being shown by the unearthing of gems such as Montenegrin striker Nikola Krstovic and Swedish winger Pontus Almqvist.

Whilst the loss to Juventus is a setback and Lecce out to have offered more, the campaign is boding well and after flirting with relegation for much of last season, they can look forward to challenging for a top-half finish or more this year.

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