Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. registered their second victory of this season as the Old Lady defeated Lazio, with midfielder Miralem Pjanic and attacker Mario Mandzukic scoring.
In their recent fixture, Max Allegri-coached Juventus defeated Lazio, 2-0. While star forward and 5-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score his first goal for Juventus, Miralem Pjanic and Mario Mandzukic got on the scoresheet.
Miralem Pjanic opened the cards for Juventus in the 30th minute as his half-volley beat Albanian goalkeeper Starkosha. Juventus doubled their lead in the 70th minute as Cancelo delivered a delicious goal into the box which Ronaldo tried to convert but failed before Mandzukic tapping it in.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, goalscorer Miralem Pjanic said that this was not the sharpest Juventus squad. The midfielder said, ” Our fitness levels aren’t the best right now, but we had a good performance at times. It’s not the sharpest Juve yet, but it’s important to keep winning, especially in a tough fixture like this. We’re working to get into shape and there’s no better way than to have six points in the bank,”
Miralem Pjanic had offers from clubs like Real Madrid this summer, but the Bosnian midfielder decided to extend his stay with the Turin-based club. Pjanic also explained his decision to continue with Juventus. The 28-year-old midfielder said, “I am very happy to remain at this wonderful club, so I dedicate the goal to the fans, my teammates and the club. I have improved so much in recent years and it is thanks to my experience here. I thank everyone for their support and help.”
Miralem Pjanic scores his first of the season vs Lazio ⚽ #JuveLazio pic.twitter.com/gkgXurqenV
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Max Allegri substituted Pjanic in the second half and brought in Emre Can, who joined Juventus from Liverpool this summer. Pjanic confirmed he had some problems before the game. He said, “I had a slight muscular problem, but nothing serious. I’ll just take a day to rest and evaluate next week, as we need to make it three with a victory against Parma before the break for international duty.”
Juventus will next face Parma as they look to register their third consecutive victory this season. Miralem Pjanic will be hoping to deliver a performance like he did today. Whereas, Cristiano Ronaldo will be eagerly awaiting to register his first goal for the club.
Miralem Pjanic has become one of the crucial players of the squad. The Bosnian midfielder helped Juventus get the better of the opponents last season. In his recent games, he delivered decent performances and managed to be a commanding power in the middle of the park for the defending Italian Champions.
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