Three takeaways from Fiorentina 0-1 Juventus: Miretti scores historically significant first goal, Bianconeri back to winning boring

Fabio Miretti became the first player to score for Juventus in all age categories, but it was another boring Bianconeri win against Fiorentina on Serie A Matchday 11.

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A Fabio Miretti goal was enough for Juventus defeat Fiorentina 1-0 on Serie A Matchday 11, and the Bianconeri won in a manner that has been typical of both eras under coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Filip Kostic provided a low cross for the Italian starlet to score from close range after 10 minutes, and the La Vecchia Signora were happy to defend that lead for the remainder of the match.

Allegri has been known as a defence-first coach since his days of coaching AC Milan in the 2010s, so this approach should not come as a surprise. However, his Fiorentina counterpart Vincenzo Italiano offered very little in terms of a Plan B with his Gigliati squad often looking slow and predictable in possession.

Miretti becomes the first Juventus player to score at every age level

A Piemontese from birth, Miretti has been a part of the Juventus fold since 2011, when he was 10 years old, and he has made the rise from the Pulcini squad to the senior one. The 20-year-old has shown glimpses of potential with his passing quality and ball control, but he had not scored in a competitive senior match.

After 56 competitive appearances without a senior goal, Miretti finally found the back of the net against Fiorentina and it proved to be decisive. The creative midfielder positioned himself like a proven striker and beat Gigliati goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano from close range.

He has became the first player to score in every age category for the club, further ingraining him into the club’s history at a young age. Miretti may not be the finished product yet, but this goal might help him find greater continuity and earn more trust from Allegri.

Juventus’ Fabio Miretti in action against Fiorentina. (@juventusfcen)

Juventus return to being boring under Allegri

This performance from Juventus was certain one for those who appreciate the tactical beauty of the game. Once Miretti had scored, the Bianconeri posed very little of a threat on the counter-attack and defended resolutely.

Although La Vecchia Signora have shown that they can play expansive football at times, Allegri decided to resort to his old methods and nullify Fiorentina’s attacking threat. Wojciech Szczesny was alert when called upon, the defensive trio of Federico Gatti, Gleison Bremer, and Daniele Rugani were rarely beaten, and Manuel Locatelli helped out from midfield with his defensive duties.

Despite their defensive organisation, the predictably of the Viola played into the hands of Juventus. They can get away with this in Serie A, but it showed last season that the rapid movement and intense pressing in Europe can break their defensive resolve. To prepare for Europe in 2024/25, Allegri needs to be play to the strengths of his forwards and not expect his defence to bail him out.

Juventus players Daniele Rugani and Arkadiusz Milik compete in the air. (@juventusfc)

Italiano demonstrates a lack of a Plan B for Fiorentina

As much as any Allegri detractor can lament the defensive approach of the Juventus tactician, Vincenzo Italiano was short on ideas to break down the Bianconeri rearguard.

Fiorentina had 68% possession; had an xG of 0.78 compared to the 0.65 of Juve; took 25 shots to 4; but they only had four shots on target compared to the three of the Bianconeri. For all their possession, the Gigliati could not generate enough clear scoring opportunities.

Lucas Beltran was static in attack, and was replaced at half-time by M’Bala Nzola, who was no better. Antonin Barak failed to make a significant impact in a rare start, and when Giacomo Bonaventura replaced him, the Italian veteran made an effort, but lacked incisiveness. Worst of all, left-back and captain Cristiano Biraghi completed just one out of 23 attempted crosses.

An Italiano team can be fun to watch at their best and Fiorentina can score at will. When they are stifled, they fail to demonstrate an ability to change their approach or think outside of the box.

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