Juventus began their quest for a third consecutive Scudetto triumph strongly by putting an end to a seven-year drought against Sampdoria at the Stadio Galileo Ferraris with a 1-0 victory.
It was a third opening-day win in a row for the Bianconeri, who controlled 69% of the possession and successfully completed 87.2% of their 563 passes in dire conditions that would have seen other teams less comfortable on the ball struggle.
Andrea Pirlo provided the first effort on goal with a dangerous shot from 30 yards tipped over, and a close-range header into the ground from Kwadwo Asamoah received the same treatment soon after.
It was Carlos Tevez who broke the deadlock with a debut goal, and one of the most positive signs to emerge from the side’s first outing of the season was the way in which the Argentine slotted so smoothly into the workings; a good omen of his abilities that 11 goals so far have proved completely correct.
The strike came about from a clever Arturo Vidal pass through the heart of the Blucerchiati defence towards Paul Pogba, who squared it beyond the advancing goalkeeper for Tevez to slot easily home.
The hosts did put the ball in the back of the net from a free-kick whipped in from the flank, but it was quickly flagged for offside. Gigi Buffon did well to stop a rocket from Pedro Obiang, too, but a red card for Paolo Castellini after catching Stephan Lichtsteiner rather than the ball then effectively ended Sampdoria’s chances of threatening.
The following weekend, Juve would put four past Lazio in their first match of the season at Juventus Stadium, with Tevez’s brilliant curling strike into the corner capping the win.
Sampdoria, meanwhile, went on to draw 2-2 away at Bologna before suffering an unhappy 3-0 defeat in the derby against Genoa.