Juventus had the job of establishing a good footing in their Europa League Round of 32 tie against Trabzonspor last night, and it’s one they accomplished with pragmatic efficiency at Juventus Stadium to remain unbeaten at home against Turkish visitors.
Hami Mandirali’s side actually had marginally more of the possession, taking control of 51.4 per cent of the ball. But the Bianconeri’s tactic of absorbing pressure before pouncing – so memorably effective in the 3-0 win over Roma – came to the fore again.
Juve enjoyed double the number of shots (22 to 11), and were proportionally much more precise with eight on target to Trabzonspor’s three. In fact, Carlos Tevez tested the opposition goalkeeper the same number of times as the Turks did in total.
It was Dani Osvaldo who opened the scoring with a goal on his full debut, profiting from a pass played by the Argentine that was deflected into his path, and Tevez was right at the centre of the second too, Paul Pogba popping up in the centre to fire home a cutback for the first European goal of his career.
Last night also saw the hosts claim their first clean sheet from seven games in all competitions. Angelo Ogbonna stood out in the defence with five tackles won and three successful interceptions, both figures higher than anyone else’s in the backline.