Two Carlos Tevez strikes either side of half-time and a late Alvaro Morata header maintained the Bianconeri’s imperious start to the season with this evening’s 3-0 victory over Atalanta in Bergamo.
Restored to the side after sitting out the midweek win over Cesena, Tevez was in dazzling form from start to finish and put Juventus in command when he swept home Stephan Lichtsteiner’s cross on 35 minutes.
Goal number two arrived shortly before the hour when the Argentine steered a low shot beyond Marco Sportiello seconds after Gigi Buffon had thwarted German Denis’ penalty with a magnificent stop.
The scoreline was made even more emphatic when summer signing Alvaro Morata came off the bench to connect with fellow substitute Roberto Pereyra’s cross and open his Juventus account on 83 minutes.
In yesterday’s pre-match press conference, opposition boss Stefano Colantuono revealed his aversion to adopting a defensive approach against the reigning champions, and he stayed true to his word as Atalanta began proceedings by pressing high up the pitch and showing plenty of intensity.
It was in fact the hosts who fashioned the first opportunity on goal during a lively introduction to the game, Daniele Baselli slicing his shot wide from the edge of the area after two minutes.
Despite picking up the pace as the first-half wore on, Juventus found their attacking flow interrupted and were limited to a handful of opportunities in the final third, two Tevez attempts, both saved by Marco Sportiello, the only efforts of note inside the opening half an hour.
Nevertheless, the inspired Argentine looked good value for opening the scoring and did just that when he rounded off a wonderful flowing move by gleefully tapping home Lichtsteiner’s cutback on 35 minutes.
Moments later, Fernando Llorente saw an opportunity fall his way after Paul Pogba’s miscued volley had drifted into his path at the back post, but found himself under pressure from Sportiello and was unable to direct his header on target.
The second-half began with the visitors on top but a mistimed Giorgio Chiellini challenge in the penalty area threatened to hand the visitors a golden opportunity to get back into the game.
In search of his first goal of the season, German Denis was the man to step up but Buffon proved equal to it, diving low to his left to deny the striker with an excellent stop.
This sparked the start of an incredible 60 seconds in which the Bianconeri regained possession and went for the jugular with the hosts reeling.
Again it was Tevez, this time catching an unsighted Sportiello off guard with a low strike from the edge of the area that travelled through a host of bodies on 59 minutes.
With Atalanta committing increasing bodies forward in the hope of gaining something from the game, Morata, on in place of Llorente, rounded off a perfect night when he headed substitute Roberto Pereyra’s cross home with seven minutes remaining.
The Bianconeri will now look ahead to Wednesday night’s mouthwatering Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid before resuming their Serie A campaign with an equally appetising head-to-head with Roma on Sunday 5 October.