Dusan Vlahovic started on the Juventus bench for the first time since joining the club, but the Bianconeri didn’t miss the Serb’s efficiency. With 35 minutes on the clock, Juve were 2-0 ahead following two attacking sequences and one shot on target.
It’s an Allegri thing.
Both strikers were hugely influential in helping the visitors to an early lead. Moise Kean, so often chastised for his poor technique, superbly laid off strike partner Alvaro Morata to kick-start the transition that led to the opener.
Then, Kean latched onto Locatelli’s precise pass in behind before he bulldozed past Omar Colley and forced the Sampdoria defender into a clumsy challenge that culminated in a penalty duly converted by Morata.
The griddy still needs some work, though, fellas.
Despite their dancing woes, Juve’s Vlahovic-less strike pairing performed brilliantly together. Kean, who’s struggled so much this season, performed his function almost perfectly. His runs in behind caused Colley problems all evening and his willingness to run beyond opened up the space for Morata to exploit between the lines.
Nevertheless, Vlahovic eventually got some minutes at the Luigi Ferraris, more than we expected, and he’s a shoo-in to start against Villarreal on Wednesday. But, against Sampdoria, Juve proved that in Morata and Kean, they have a pair of forwards more than capable of sharing the load.
The Spaniard’s fine form continued, while Kean showed how effective he can be when used correctly.