England – Juventus may only have beaten Manchester United by a goal but the manner of their victory has certainly resonated back home.
A resounding applause has come from all corners of the country as the Old Lady travelled to Manchester and – as Turin-based Tuttosport claim – “owned Old Trafford.”
Whilst Gazzetta dello Sport simply put it that “Juventus dominated,” with Paulo Dybala’s strike the difference on the score sheet.
Though Jose Mourinho’s side saw the visitors dominate the ball for large spells, eventually taking 60 percent possession, as well as registering more than double the amount of shots – 14 to six.
Gazzetta add Massmiliano Allegri “gave a lesson to Mourinho,” who admitted his side was outclassed by the Italians. Allegri was heralded by Corriere dello Sport, too, labelled, “Special Max.”
Tuttosport defined the result and presumably Juve’s performance as “Bellissima!”
Not usually a side ready to go into your back yard and dominate, United were outclassed, claims Mourinho.
“In the other side there was huge quality,” said the united boss. “Sometimes people look for Ronaldo or Dybala but in a top team you have to look to Chiellini and Bonucci. I think Juventus are the type of team that when they are in front it’s very difficult.
“I think our attacking players, things were not coming. But everyone tried, everyone was strong mentally to try until the end. Juventus felt it and they ended the game with an extra central defender.
“But Juventus is a different level of quality, I have to be honest. A level of quality, stability, experience, knows how. It was a really difficult match for us. I thought we could take something but it was not possible.”
It leaves United on four points, five off Juventus, though only two ahead of Valencia, who failed to capitalize on the loss with a draw vs Young Boys.
The Spaniards will surely not make the same mistake again in game week four, meaning United could be out of the top two with two games to play if they fail to get a result in Turin.
By Mirro, UK