Juventus-Milan ends 1-1: Morata opens the dance, Rebic draws.
It seemed back there Juventus, instead she got lost in those little defensive details that sometimes cost her a lot and tonight two points. In Turin, the bianconeri still postpone the Allegri-bis’s first championship victory: the goal by Ante Rebic contrasts with the one marked by Alvaro Morata in opening and allows the Milan, for large sections of the match in difficulty in the presence of the newfound intensity of the bianconeri, to return home with a precious point. The points behind in the standings, thus, remain eight in favor of the band Stefano Pioli, who also loses Kjaer but follows the motto of the hosts and plays to the end: if for a long time Old lady seemed in total control of the game, especially after a first half which was a mortal sin, seen from this point of view, not to close at least 2-0, the Devil he has his own identity and team consistency that allows him to keep the bar straight even when the ship seems to be skidding. Which teams leave the stadium? One, Juve, not entirely recovered from the Champions League victory against Malmoe: all is well up to a certain point, then mistakes and final frenzy, as happens too often. The other, AC Milan, with many answers: not obvious, going to Turin without some precious pieces and snatching a draw, on balance deserved because in the final Szczesny must even save him from the Rossoneri offensives. Pioli, in essence, has more positive responses than Allegri, who also struggles a lot in the final frenzy to make the team understand his indications: not a novelty this season.
THE INITIAL CHOICES: CHIELLINI IN, CHIESA AND DE LIGT OUT. TOMORI TERZINO – Only one change in the bianconeri compared to Malmoe: Chiellini plays in defense, alongside Bonucci and not De Ligt as expected. Chiesa also remains on the bench: in front of Dybala and Morata. In the Rossoneri, Tomori slips into the role of right-back due to the absence of Calabria, with Romagnoli alongside Kjaer in the center. Tonali returns from 1 ‘in midfield with Kessié.
JUVE STARTS VERY STRONG: IMMEDIATELY MORATA – The first ring is the Rossoneri, between the enthusiasm of Leao and the beautiful conduction of Diaz comes a high shot of just a little from Tonali. In the quarter game, however, Juve is already ahead: the guests dramatically ruin a corner in favor, Theo sleeps and allows the bianconeri to restart. Dybala does not have it repeated twice: the Argentine sends a long filter for Morata’s run. Faster than all and polite with the right foot to send a soft touch beyond Maignan. In general, the Old lady really strong part: “bad” and aggressive approach, stimulated by Allegri who loads his team. At 18 ‘the French goalkeeper must fly to defuse a poisonous left from outside Dybala, while Milan struggled to read and withstand the intensity of the opponents.
AT THE INTERVAL WITHOUT DOUBLE, BUT PIOLI LOSES KJAER – The bianconero does not arrive, and to tell the truth after that shot by Dybala there are not even great scoring chances, in spite of an almost total domination over the progress of the match. The best ball has Rabiot on the run: Tomori’s great recovery. At half an hour it rains in the wet for the guests: Kjaer raises the white flag, Pioli chooses Kalulu by moving the Englishman to the center of the defense with Romagnoli. Few sharp points from now to the end of the first half: on returning to the locker room, the result smiles on an excellent Juve, whose only sin is not to put the game on ice.
THE DEVIL IS NOT SCARED, DYBALA-TONAL SPARKS AND INSIDE THE CHURCH – The strongest emotions of the first half, up to the end, are two: the clash, verbal and not only, between Dybala and Tonali when Milan does not throw out a ball. Yellow for both, while Morata (“victim” of the contrast complained by Juve) comes out to make room for Kean. Then there is also Federico Chiesa who returns to the field at the Stadium and is greeted by the ovation of the Turin public. For the rest, Juve did not sink but Milan did not give real signs of recovery, attacking without too much conviction, and above all without bringing concrete dangers, the goal of Szczesny.
AND IN THE END REBIC ARRIVES – When the race seems to slip away, here are the usual defensive amnesias that the Old Lady has accustomed her supporters to. On a corner kick, Rabiot sleeps at the near post and Locatelli loses Rebic: the Croatian thanks, jumps, heads behind the Polish goalkeeper. 1-1, all to be redone for Allegri, who also removes Dybala to send Kulusevski onto the field. Found the same, Rebic himself becomes enticed, points the defense deployed and yet shoulder high from an inviting position. Then Szczesny says no to Kalulu with a great save, Milan again in the end looking for a victory that would sound like a mockery for the hosts but would be more than deserved.
The match report
(4’ Morata; 76’ Rebic)
JUVENTUS (4-4-2): Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Cuadrado (72 ‘Church), Bentancur, Locatelli, Rabiot; Dybala (79 ‘Kulusevski), Morata (66’ Kean). Coach: Massimiliano Allegri.
MILAN (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Tomori, Kjaer (36 ‘Kalulu), Romagnoli, Hernandez; Tonali, Kessié (63 ‘Bennacer); Saelemaekers (63 ‘Florenzi), Diaz (90’ + 2 Maldini), Leao; Rebic. Coach: Stefano Pioli.
Booked: 65 ‘Dybala in Juventus. 65 ‘Tonali in Milan.