The Old Lady needed to make changes to their squad if they had any hope of catching up to the two Milan teams. They did just that. The two problem area were the strike force in which Morata and Dybala were sometimes found wanting. The next position was the defensive midfield position WHICH WOULD FREE UP mopping up duties for creative players, Arthur, Rabiot and Locattelli. The signing of Dusan Vlahovic and Denis Zakaria from Fiorentina and Monchengladbach can be considered the January window. Vlahovic wasting little time in getting his Juve account up an running. Twelve minutes to be precise. What the Serb lacks in pace he makes up for by having that instinct to where the ball is going. You know what else has been found wanting from the Bianconerri? Their defense. At long last the defense of De Ligt and Chiellini looked assured and that is what the protection of Zakaria buys you.

However I am ever the cynic. The one thing Juve hasn’t done in this window is buy a midfielder who can control the game. With Locatelli not there that job fell to Brazilian Arthur but he didn’t stamp his authority on the game. As a result, Verona were getting to see more of the ball as the game went on and had more attempts at goal than Juve in the match. Although the Swiss International Zakaria is known as a defensive mid man , he can just as well operate in a box to box role too. He showed this in scoring the goal. The Verona left back was defending too narrow allowing the space for Zakaria which he exploited with aplomb to make it 2-0 Juve. Verona striker Lasagna(number 11)with their best chance in the second half , pulling his half volley wide. The Italian striker has featured for the Azzurri and with his showing here one can see why. Good decision to go on loan to Verona from Udinese, his new side safe from relegation in 9th. Juventus now occupy 4th spot, 8 points adrift of Inter after Atalanta faltering at home to Cagliari. The title may be beyond the reach of the Old Lady this season though.