Written by Javiera Silva Bravo (@javierasilvabravo95):
Juventus have found this Serie A season a tough one to break even though the champions are sitting at the top. In a very busy off season and transfer market, losing players like Pogba and Morata they, if it was ever possible, compensated those losses with the signings of Gonzalo Higuain, Dani Alves, Marko Pjaca, Miralem Pjanic, Medhi Benatia and Juan Cuadrado.
The Seire A is already six matches in and Juventus sit pretty in first position one point ahead of rivals Napoli. However, their performances have not been pretty to watch even though they have picked up 15 points from a possible 18.
In their recent victory over Palermo, Juventus were criticised heavily on a win that was very, very fortunate. New boy Dani Alves was completely caught out during the match but was lucky enough Palermo lacked the clinical edge to not capitalise from his mistakes. His shot did however finish in the back of the net from a fortunate rebound off Goldaniga.
The Brazilian international has been relatively unconvincing so far. Though, in the Champions League, Dani Alves took charge in yesterday's game against Croat heavy weights, Dinamo Zagreb.
Alves is at home in this competition and found his feet early on crossing from the right to Higuain who blasted it over the bar just three minutes.
Juventus from the get go took absolute control of possession and showed us who really are the Italian Champions.
On 23′ Bonucci’s ball straight down the middle of the park took a wicked deflection off Zagreb's center back and landed on Pjanic’s foot who 15 yards out calmly slotted the ball in the back of the net. 0-1
Dinamo Zagreb were unlucky not to capitalise after going 0-1 down at home on 25′ after Domagoj Antolic swung in a free-kick from the left from and Gordon Schildenfled hit the crossbar from the centre of the box.
Juventus doubled their lead from a calm and swift play from the back. From Buffon to Bonucci to Hernanes in the middle of the park to then Pjanic lofting a sweet and precise ball over the defence to Higuain who slotted it in goal on 31′. 0-2
Leonardo Bonucci continued to show why he is one of the best centre-backs in the world. A skill he showed continuously last season. His vision from the back to push plays forward. His long balls are nothing but precise when needed be. On 39′ he found Sami Khedira’s run, with the bounce of the ball Khedira was able to head the ball over the GK but lacked power. The ball was easily cleared from the area.
The second half began in familiar fashion. Juventus did not let the game go or at the very least were happy to leave the score line as it was. They wanted and got more.
It only took Juventus 12 minutes to triple their advantage.
Paulo Dybala finally found his opening goal of the season in magnificent fashion on 57′ from nothing other than 30 yards out. His shot flew past Zagreb’s shot-stopper, Semper, who could do nothing other than dive for the photo… 0-3
If Juventus couldn’t rub it in the faces of Zagreb fans anymore on 85′ Dani Alves’ deflected free-kick found the back of the net. 0-4
After being battered in the press for their pass performances and some player attitudes, the giant was awoken. This performance away from home has kick started their European campaign and they continue to send a strong message to Europe that this Juventus squad do mean more than business in this competition.
Winning away in a hostile stadium as Maksimir Stadium currently puts Juventus in first place in Group H ahead of Sevilla in second.
Next up is Champions League match day three, when Juventus travel to face Lyon on October 18.