Juventus vs Bologna: match report
Juventus comfortably saw off Bologna at the Juventus Stadium on Wednesday night, with first-half goals from Dybala and Matuidi giving the Old Lady six wins from six as they march on towards an eighth Serie A title.
The hosts dominated possession throughout, and after an early onslaught, were two goals up with just 17 minutes on the clock. From there on in, it was just a matter of damage control for Bologna, who did well not concede another, as Juve piled on the pressure.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who set up the second Matuidi goal, will be disappointed to not have gotten on the scoreboard after he had a clear-cut chance from eight yards with five minutes to go. But the Portuguese had another lively performance, along with team-mates Cancelo, Dybala and Cuadrado, and Juventus will head into Saturday’s game against second-placed Napoli confident that they can keep their impressive winning streak going.
Juventus vs Bologna: live updates
Juventus vs Bologna: Serie A match preview
Juventus will be hoping to keep their 100-percent record in tact as they face third-from-bottom Bologna at the Juventus Stadium tonight.
A victory for Juventus will make it six wins from their opening six games, a feat the Old Lady have only managed four times since 1930. And considering they have won nine of the last ten against Bologna, not many would bet against that happening tonight, particularly now that Ronaldo has found his goal-scoring feet. After his Serie A debut goal against Sassuolo, the Portuguese went on to score two in Juve’s 2-0 victory over Frosinone last Sunday, and the ex-Real Madrid star will be looking to add more to his tally this evening.
A win tonight will set Juve up nicely for the clash against second-placed Napoli on Saturday, which will surely be a sterner test for Massimiliano Allegri’s side. With that in mind, he may be tempted to rotate some players tonight, but whatever he decides, he will definitely be without the injured pair of Mattia De Sciglio and Sami Khedira, and Douglas Costa, who is suspended.
You have to go all the way back to 2011 to find the last time Bologna beat the Old Lady. The Rossoblu have had not a desirable start to the season under new coach, Juve and AC Milan legend Filippo Inzaghi, failing to score and picking up just one point from their first four fixtures. But last weekend’s incredible 2-0 win over Roma could mark the beginning of a resurgence and they will travel to Turin with confidence.
What is even more incredible is the fact that they managed to beat Roma with just 27 percent of possession. If they somehow manage to win tonight, it might be a similar story: with Juve expected to dominate possession at home, the visitors will have to remain patient, defend well and hope to catch the hosts on the break.
Inzaghi on Juventus
But Inzaghi, who scored 89 goals in his 165 appearances for Juventus, is under no illusions about the task that lies ahead for his side tonight, as he faces -- by his measure -- the best team in Europe at the moment.
"With Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the best player in the world, Juventus are the best team in Europe or at least one of the best teams. But that's nothing new because everybody knows it,” he said.
"As I said before, we'll need to be perfect against Juventus. We hope to surprise everyone as it happened against Roma. We did it once, so now we can repeat it. But we know that it will be very difficult.”