No Ronaldo, no victory for Juve in Serie A

No Cristiano Ronaldo. No victory for Juventus.

The Bianconeri remained winless in Serie A and lost their second straight loss since Ronaldo returned to Manchester United, losing 2-1 in Napoli.

Napoli center-back Kalidou Koulibaly scored with five minutes left after Moise Kean inexplicably directed the ball towards his own goal from a Napoli corner, setting up a tap-in for Koulibaly.

Matteo Politano equalized for Napoli near the hour mark after Alvaro Morata’s opener for Juventus 10 minutes at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium.

“We have to change the way we play,” said Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini.

“When you have a superstar like Ronaldo, you can’t help but play for him.

“We should be grateful to Cristiano for these years at Juventus, but we have to move forward.”

Juventus are at one point in three games.

With Massimiliano Allegri having returned as Juventus coach after Andrea Pirlo’s unsuccessful tenure last season ended a streak of nine consecutive Italian league titles, Juventus also lost at home to the promoted Empoli forward. the international break.

The loss to Empoli came a day after Ronaldo’s transfer, while that loss came on the day Ronaldo scored twice in his first game and won for United in 12 years in the English Premier League.

“We had a worse performance against Empoli but today unfortunately we have paid the price for the mistakes,” said Allegri.

“In football, when you don’t win, you can only shut up and work hard.”

Juventus don’t have much time to train, however, before heading to Sweden for their Champions League opener against Malmö on Tuesday.

Napoli, meanwhile, have won all three matches under new coach Luciano Spalletti and are three points ahead of Lazio, Inter Milan, Roma, AC Milan and Fiorentina, who have won. at Atalanta 2-1.

“I have to thank Spalletti for making the squad strong,” Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said of the former Roma, Zenit St. Petersburg and Inter coach.

“I chose Spalletti because he is diligent, orderly and is handling things like I like him.

“You can talk to him and he doesn’t mind if you ask for an explanation, because he’s not haunted by his ego.”

Dusan Vlahovic converted two penalties for Fiorentina in their victory over Atalanta, which was expected to claim the title but only earned one victory in three matches.

Duvan Zapata pulled one out for Atalanta but Fiorentina goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano saved several potential equalizers.

Venezia scored his first Serie A points in almost 20 years after beating the promoted Empoli 2-1.

Returning to the Premier League for the first time since 2002, Venezia’s goals came from two newly acquired players: French striker Thomas Henry and Nigerian striker David Okereke.

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