We hoped for freedom of expression, we hoped for magical moments but the tactical match between Roma and Juventus was decided by two set pieces. And while the goal celebrations proved entertaining, this 1-1 draw was anything but riveting.
Considering the nine-point gap at the top of the table and Roma's current woes, one expected Juve to play with an air of nonchalance -- such is their attitude when they feel secure. It was therefore surprising to see them the more motivated of the two, the side that quickly took control of the game in a match Roma had to win to prove they are worthy challengers.
Organised and self assured, Juventus opted to revert to the 3-5-2 formation and barely noticed the absence of Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba, with Claudio Marchisio doing an excellent job in bossing the midfield.
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