By Football Italian staff Sport italia’s team preview is in full swing as Juventus host Lazio in the first leg of their Serie A play-off.
Juventus have a strong case for the best of the first two legs and could well be favourites against Lazio’s attacking midfield, especially in the opening minutes.
The Bianconeri started the game brightly with a quick counter-attack through the middle and it’s hard to see them losing their footing.
The ball is played in behind the Lazio defence and when Mariano Martinez has the ball, the central midfielder runs past the Lazios back four before shooting into the box.
Juve then take advantage of the Lazos inability to defend and play through the centre, with Andrea Belotti scoring the opener from a short corner.
Lazio are also quick to counter, with their midfielders and wingers all playing up front.
As Juventus move the ball forward, Lazio are often pushed back and Lazio can only play out from the back.
Juicebox-based Lazio midfielder Sergio Scarponi has to make a few errors here, with his backpass to Cesc Fabregas going in off the bar.
Lazio keeper Andrea Pasqualoni also makes a mistake in front of goal as the Laziopi’s defence tries to clear it.
Juves are quick to respond and play a quick, short pass up the middle.
Juventini are looking for an opening, with Alessandro Florenzi and Marco Pappa taking a touch in behind Lazio midfield.
Florenzy and Pappa play it well, but Lazio goalkeeper Andrea Belnicki has a clear cut shot blocked.
Juvenile forward Andrea Belnici gets in behind Pappa and plays in a pass from the left side of the pitch for Florenze.
The Laziopias backline struggles to stop the ball and Floreniza is free to cross it into the path of the Italian.
Juose can only wonder how many of the goals Lazio will score before the break and Juve can only hope that Lazio play a better game from the restart.