Three takeaways from Juventus 1-0 Hellas Verona: Defence returns Bianconeri to Serie A summit despite Kean’s misfortunes

Despite Moise Kean continuing to see his luck in front of goal abandon him, Juventus moved top of the Serie A table with a late win over Hellas Verona and their recent form has been thanks to a solid defence.

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Juventus struck deep into stoppage time to earn a 1-0 win over Hellas Verona at the Allianz Stadium in Matchday 10 of Serie A on Saturday, as they moved top of the table.

After Moise Kean had two goals disallowed, for offside and a foul respectively, Andrea Cambiaso came off the bench to poke home at the death and give the Old Lady all three points.

Juventus were dominant throughout but could not find a breakthrough until Arkadiusz Milik hit the post from a deep cross and the rebound fell to Cambiaso to slot in.

Juventus defender Andrea Cambiaso celebrates after scoring (@Juventusfc)

Juventus go top and look to stay there

With the clock ticking and the final whistle drawing near, Juventus looked to have squandered a golden opportunity to grab what ought to have been a routine three points against a struggling and out-of-form Verona.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Bianconeri had the chance to go top of the Serie A table for the first time in over three years, having not been in first place since wrapping up the last of nine consecutive titles in 2020.

Cambiaso spared the Turin club’s blushes and sent the Allianz Stadium into ecstasy with his late impact, but the relief at snatching the win was coupled with the fact that Juventus have leapfrogged Inter and AC Milan at the top of the table.

With the Nerazzurri hosting AS Roma and Milan travelling to Napoli, it is quite conceivable that Juventus could finish the round of fixtures with an advantage in the title race and for the first time in the last three seasons the Old Lady are looking like genuine contenders.

Kean to impress but luck abandons striker

Juventus striker Moise Kean in action (@Juventusfc)

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has placed his trust in striker Kean recently, with the former Everton man handed a start in all of the Old Lady’s last four matches despite his struggle for goals.

That vote of confidence looked to have been repaid in the first half when Kean rifled in with a low strike, only for the Italy Men’s National Team international to be visibly upset at seeing his first half effort ruled out for the tightest of offside calls.

Having failed to score in nine matches before kick-off, Kean appeared incredulous at seeing a fine second half strike disallowed for a foul in the build up, and despite his hard work in stretching the Verona backline, he departed the pitch goalless when he could conceivably have been challenging for a hattrick.

With Dusan Vlahovic‘s form dipping, a resurgent Kean affords Allegri an alternative and it seems that the coach is determined to make it work for him at the club.

Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic races to get onto the ball (@Juventusfc)

Defensive dominance key to Juventus success

Whilst all the talk has been of making the attack click and pinning hopes on the returning Federico Chiesa amidst Vlahovic‘s mixed performances, Juventus‘ surge to the top of the table has been built on a solid defensive foundation.

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny came under intense scrutiny over the summer and this continued after some high-profile howlers earlier in the campaign, but the Poland international has been excellent in recent weeks.

Juventus have not conceded since a 4-2 defeat against Sassuolo in mid-September, and that five match sequence of clean sheets has taken in victories over Milan and Torino, as well as a draw against Atalanta.

With a consistent backline of Bremer and Federico Gatti in front of Szczesny, and Daniele Rugani slotting in seamlessly for Danilo, Juventus are a tough unit to break down and have conceded just six times all season, with four of those coming in that Sassuolo shocker.

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