Mission accomplished for Juventus. They not only defeated Manchester City, 1-0, but secured their advancement in the Champions League by demonstrating the will to suffer, and a certain level of fluency that will please the critics.
At home, in front of their own fans, many were not quite sure what to expect from this Bianconeri side. They may be collecting Serie A wins but their performances have been far from convincing. To make matters worse, when they are deemed favourites for the win, they have a tendency to underwhelm.
Deployed in a 3-5-2 formation, manager Massimiliano Allegri did well to choose a strategy that would effectively exploit Manchester City's indiscipline in midfield and release his attack.
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