Juventus Open US Tour with a 2-0 victory in a friendly match against Chivas Guadalajara

23 Jul 2022 | 08:28 | Football

Italian Serie A giants welcome Juventus Paul Pogba back on screen Friday with a 2-0 friendly win over Mexico’s Chivas Guadalajara in Las Vegas to kick off their US tour. World Cup-winning French midfielder Pogba joined Juventus this month on a free transfer after ending his contract with Manchester United, the team he joined in 216 for a then-record fee. is 105 million euros. The 29-year-old made his presence felt during coach Massimiliano Allegri’s starting game in round 11 at Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders.

But it was Marco Da Graca who gave Juventus the lead from close range in the 10th minute after Federico Gatti headed a corner that was saved by goalkeeper Chivas.

Mattia Compagnon added a second goal in the 80th minute after Tommaso Barbieri’s solo in the box ended with his saved shot straight towards a teammate.

Pogba and Gatti are just two of the recent acquisitions Allegri pushed into action, with the former Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria was also in the squad and Brazilian defender, Gleison Bremer, came on amid a series of second-half changes.

Allegri is counting on them to fill the void left by the veteran’s departure Giorgio Chiellinirecently signed with LAFC of Major League Soccer, top scorer Paulo Dybala in a move to Roma and Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt to Bayern Munich.

He knows fans are expecting Juventus to return to the top of Italian football, having failed to lift the trophy since winning nine consecutive titles between 2011 and 2020.

Last season, they finished 4th, and fell to Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia Final.

“Our mission is to win this year,” Allegri said in Vegas. “After winning the title 10 years in a row, last year was the first year we didn’t, so we (must) win and we all know it’s an important year for us. with us.”

Juventus dominated the first half, with Di Maria, Pogba and Nicolo Fagioli all threatening.

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was forced to save a shot from Carlos Cisneros during halftime.

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After wholesale substitutions, Juventus looked less cohesive in the second half, but they still managed not only to keep the Liga MX outfit under control but to extend their lead in a promising start. for a tour that includes a clash with Barcelona at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and a meeting with Real Madrid at the Rose Bowl near Los Angeles.

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