Lazio suffered a heavy loss at the hands of Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana. The end result, 4-0 to the defending champions, might be a little exaggerated when looking at the game and how things looked on the pitch. 1-0 at half time felt a bit unlucky for the Romans, while a six minute push from Conte’s men saw three quick goals and an end result that Lazio never managed to threaten.
Playing with both Ledesma and Biglia had been the big point of discussion, apart from the lack of quality reinforcements in attack as well as in defence, ahead of the game and with the final outcome the question remains unanswered. At parts the Lazio midfield looked at least as strong as the Juventus one, but while Lazio and mainly Klose missed the opportunities to get a goal Juventus opened Marchetti’s goal over and over again.
The custodian is not to be blamed for much though. It was mainly the lack of coverage between the two central midfielders and the ageing central defenders that looked problematic. Once the Juventini had some gained some pace Dias and Biava looked like the dinosaurs they are in the footballing world. Both Lotito and Tare were seen making desperate phone calls after the final whistle and hopefully for the Biancocelesti a central defender of class and of a younger age is high up the wish list. Radu did not show up on the evening and it was the surprise inclusion, Cavanda on the right, who stood out as the strongest of the four defenders on the evening.
At the other end of the park things looked almost as depressive. Again Hernanes went missing through large portions of the game and when that happens the rest of the attacking flow is depending on Candreva and Lulic. The Italian international managed one good cross through the 90 minutes, a cross that Klose somehow managed to miss. The Bosnian international on the other hand had a poor display and despite making his trademark runs up and down the left flank not much was produced in the attacking end of the pitch and Buffon was not too busy on the night.
Speaking of missing opportunities, the best one for Lazio was created – and missed – by Klose himself. After dribbling through three defenders the attacker found himself one on one with Buffon the German continued to show a lack of sharpness and the iconic custodian of Juve kept a clean sheet on the first competitive game of the season.
Overall it was a poor display by Lazio and Petkovic was quick to apologize to the many fans that had filled the Curva Nord on the evening. Stadio Olimpico was packed on both sides and the black and white end were still celebrating as the Laziali walked home with heavy legs and a broken dream of a 14th trophy to be added to the cabinet. Petkovic and the players have a lot of thinking to do ahead of next Sunday, when the league campaign will kick off against the last few years’ worst antagonists: Udinese.
Goals: Juventus: Pogba 23’, Chiellini 52’, Lichsteiner 54’, Tevez 56‘. Lazio: -
Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli (Caceres 75), Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner (Ogbonna 82), Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio (Pogba 20), Asamoah; Tevez, Vucinic
Lazio: Marchetti; Cavanda, Biava, Dias, Radu (Ederson 57); Biglia (Onazi 71), Ledesma (Floccari 57); Candreva, Hernanes, Lulic; Klose