Having lost his first official outing as Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri led his new side out for the second time on Wednesday evening. It was a very different Bianconeri line-up that took to the field at Cesena’s stadium, and the coach will hopefully garner some much-needed information from it.
The newly promoted side would provide a much stiffer test than Lucerno did last week, despite the amateur club eventually running out 3-2 winners. Cesena have much to prove in Serie A this coming season and are clearly a much better team than Allegri’s first opponents.
Juventus were boosted by a number of their World Cup stars returning, although this encounter came too early for Gigi Buffon and Arturo Vidal. The latter is still suffering from a knee injury, while Carlos Tevez was also granted permission to miss the match, according to Juventus.com.
The club’s official website noted that although his kidnapped father had been freed, the striker would remain in Turin rather than travel to Argentina. The 30-year-old striker had been granted permission to return home but instead returned to training on Wednesday morning as he continues to work toward peak condition.
Despite the absence of last season’s leading scorer, there were numerous positives for Allegri to take from the match, the most significant of which are discussed on the following pages.