It was the second disappointing result in as many matches for the Bianconeri, who lost 3-2 at home to amateur side Lucento on Friday. New manager Massimiliano Allegri remains winless with Juventus since replacing Antonio Conte.
If there was any consolation for Juve, it comes from the fact that Cesena at least share a division with their more illustrious opponents, having been promoted to Serie A for the 2014-15 season after successfully navigating the Serie B play-offs. But Juventus will have hoped for better, coming off their third consecutive Serie A title, which they clinched in impressive fashion last spring.
Meanwhile, uncertainty looms over the Turin-based club following the departure of Conte this summer. Allegri, formerly of AC Milan, will have to find a way to keep the squad motivated for further success—while reportedly fighting to hold on to one of the club's most valuable assets.
Midfielder Arturo Vidal continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United, with Metro citing Chilean reports claiming the player is set to "demand" a move to the English club. Vidal has played a key role in Juventus' midfield since his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen in 2011, and losing him this summer would present Allegri with a daunting obstacle to overcome before his debut season begins. Vidal did not play against Cesena.
Juventus created the first half's best chance in the fourth minute as Sebastian Giovinco set up Andrea Pirlo. The latter directed his shot on target, but Cesena goalkeeper Nicola Leali saved.
At the other end, Cesena's Gregoire Defrel forced Marco Stoari to tip over his powerful shot in the 25th minute.
Allegri made extensive changes in the second half, introducing six substitutes at half-time. With chances remaining scarce, the Juve boss brought on four more replacements in the closing minutes—though none affected the outcome.
Juventus begin the Serie A season at Chievo Verona on Aug. 30.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri (via Juventus.com):
Tonight was a good workout for us. It’s essentially the third day we’ve had together seeing as the internationals only returned on Monday. We may not have created a great deal but the right attitude was there and we managed to avoid picking up any injuries. ...
We’re chasing four important targets and there’s a lot to work on, especially from a fitness point of view, in order to give as much as we can over the course of the season. The team are very alert and full of desire to follow up a great season. We’ll quietly go about our business and look to improve.
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