Andrea Pirlo gets coaching career at Juventus off to sparkling start in 3-0 win

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September 21, 2020 11:19:44 am

Cristiano Ronaldo, Danilo and Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo rejoice after the match. (Source: Reuters)

Andrea Pirlo bought his coaching career off to a successful start as Juventus beat Sampdoria 3-0 in Serie A on Sunday.
Dejan Kulusevski scored early in his debut and second-half objectives from Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the end result on a day which noticed followers return to Serie A stadiums.

“They are great players and I am so confident because I see every day quality players who are working toward the team in order to improve,” Pirlo stated.

“Of course, we have just started and we have time to improve, but the commitment of the players to give it all to the team is there and that gives me a lot of comfort.”

It was a optimistic day for debutants as Weston McKennie _ the primary American to play for Juventus _ had a hand in Bonucci’s aim and likewise sparked a transfer which led to Ronaldo hitting the crossbar.

“McKennie arrived having already started preseason training in Germany, so is in better shape than some others,” Pirlo stated. “He did well. He made a few errors but it was the first game, we can forgive him for that.”

Juventus is bidding for a record-extending tenth straight Serie A title however has an unproven coach in Pirlo. The former midfield nice was handed his first coaching job final month when he was put in cost of Juventus’ under-23 staff, which performs in Serie C. But he had not led a recreation earlier than he was promoted to change the fired Maurizio Sarri.

Juve performed from the start with an depth which had been missing for a lot of final season and took the lead in the thirteenth minute.

Ronaldo burst into the field and was stopped by a deal with however the ball fell to Kulusevski and the previous Parma midfielder curled it into the underside left nook.

McKennie virtually doubled Juve’s lead shortly earlier than the break however he fired narrowly over.

It took Juventus till 12 minutes from time to get its second. Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero did effectively to preserve out McKennie’s effort from shut vary however Bonucci tucked away the rebound.

Ronaldo, who scored 31 league objectives final season, managed to get off the mark for this marketing campaign in the ultimate minutes of the match as he ran onto Aaron Ramsey’s throughball and positioned a exact drive into the underside left nook.

“It’s a fantastic night,” Kulusevski stated. “It wasn’t that simple however we bought the three factors and I scored a aim. It’s finest to have scored in the primary recreation, so I don’t have to assume anymore about getting off the mark now.

“Pirlo as a coach is calm. He believes a lot in his players and in me. He lets me play and gives me so much confidence.”


Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne helped Napoli to a 2-0 win at Parma earlier Sunday in a match that marked the return of followers to Serie A stadiums.

Fans had been current for the primary time since Serie A restarted throughout the coronavirus pandemic after the federal government agreed on Saturday to permit up to 1,000 followers into stadiums.

The supporters had to put on masks and observe social distancing rules, whereas additionally they had their temperature checked upon coming into the stadium.

They had little to cheer in the primary half with only one shot on track.

The depth elevated after the break and Napoli was additional reworked when new signing Victor Osimhen was introduced on in the 61st minute.

The ahead was concerned in the opener two minutes later when he pressured Parma’s Simone Iacoponi in the penalty space. That induced the defender to head Hirving Lozano’s cross straight at Mertens who drilled it into the underside proper nook.

Osimhen virtually helped Napoli double its lead moments later when his flick discovered Insigne, who hit the publish.

Insigne did rating in the 77th minute and Osimhen was once more concerned. Parma goalkeeper Luigi Sepe bought a hand to Lozano’s cross that was directed at the Nigeria ahead however might solely palm it straight at Insigne, who fired in the rebound from shut vary.


Davide Zappacosta and Marko Pjaca scored on their debuts as Genoa beat newly promoted Crotone 4-1.

Sassuolo drew 1-1 with Cagliari.

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