18 October 2020 04:33
Juventus winger Federico Chiesa was sent off on his debut and the Serie A champions also had a goal disallowed by VAR for offside by the tiniest of margins as they were held to a 1-1 draw at promoted Crotone on Saturday. Juventus, missing Cristiano Ronaldo after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, thought they had scored a winner when Alvaro Morata turned the ball in from close range in the 77th minute but a long VAR review showed his heel was offside. Juve, chasing a 10th straight title, have eight points from four games while Crotone picked up their first point. Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo was left to fret over two more dropped points and the "carelessness" of his team. Pirlo was handed his first coaching role in August after Juve sacked Maurizio Sarri and said he had still had little time to work with his team which includes several young new signings such as Chiesa, Dejan Kulusevski and Weston McKennie.
American midfielder McKennie was missing on Saturday having returned a positive test for COVID-19, as was Cristiano Ronaldo who tested positive on duty with the Portugal national team. "We have worked very little in these first few months, the players have been on the national team and the youngsters need to gain experience playing these first games," he said. Juventus, chasing a 10th straight title, have eight points from four games and have dropped four behind leaders AC Milan. "We knew there would be many teams fighting for the title, it will be a battle day-by-day," said former Juve midfielder Pirlo. Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Portuguese soccer federation said Tuesday.
inches away from rescuing Juventus from another game where they both didn't play that well at all and saw a player sent off in the second half. But, as we found out in Juventus' 1-1 draw against Crotone, it was very much not just a tale of Morata being close to scoring a trio of goals only adds up to a fraction of what actually happened. And, unfortunately for the people who actually root for Juventus, that meant a referee stealing a lot of the spotlight for the everything but the right reasons and having two massive calls — one involving Morata and the other debutant Federico Chiesa — basically swinging the game in the opposite direction of where it looked like it was heading. The first call swung the game for the simple fact that Juventus didn't look all that great at all with 11 players on the field, and Chiesa's red card that was far, far from an actual red on made the matter worse. Then you have a call where Morata is BARELY offside by inches — if not less — and a potential game-winning goal is taken off the board when you might have been thinking Juve's gonna steal three points in a game that they probably didn't deserve to win.
The teams played between themselves six times and in none of these matches did Crotone win – five defeats and a draw Crotone conceded 10 goals in three league games Juventus is far from having an optimal line-up for the fight with Crotone – Cristiano Ronaldo went into self-isolation, for the same reason Weston McKenny will be absent.