Updated: Sunday, 31 August 2014 03:25 | By Agence France-Presse

Allegri begins Juve title defence with win

Massimiliano Allegri silenced the doubters as champions Juventus beat Chievo 1-0 in the former AC Milan coach's first Serie A game in charge of the Old Lady of Turin.


Allegri begins Juve title defence with win

Juventus french midfielder Paul Labile Pogba is tackled by ChievoVerona's Argentine midfielder Mariano Izco during the Serie A football match Chievo Verona vs Juventus at Bentegodi Stadium in Verona on August 30, 2014 - by Giuseppe Cacace

Juventus, who replaced three-time Scudetto winning coach Antonio Conte Allegri in the close season, outclassed Eugenio Corini's men but could only manage a sixth minute Cristiano Biraghi own-goal.

New boss Allegri -- an unpopular signing with many bianconeri fans -- gave 18-year-old summer signing from Paris Saint-Germain, Kingsley Coman, a surprising start as he partnered Carlos Tevez in attack. Pleasingly, the youngster took full advantage with a confident display in Verona.

"Coman played like a veteran," Allegri said. "He handled the game with a lot of personality, but is only 18 so we will let him develop.

"I was a little worried by the amount of chances we missed. We only gave away one opportunity and have to thank Buffon who saved us.

"There is still room for us to improve despite the good performance."

Coman's strike partner Tevez had the first opportunity of the match as poor marking by the Chievo defence left the Argentinian free in the penalty area, but he could only drag his shot wide of Francesco Bardi's right-hand post.

Coman then got in on the action, following some splendid control from a Paul Pogba long ball, he tested Bardi with a fizzing shot from the left, but the former Inter goalkeeper easily tipped the ball away for a corner.

It was from another corner that Juventus took the lead. Tevez floated the ball in from the left and a poorly positioned Bardi was stranded as Martin Caceres rocketed a header against the defender and into the net.

Chievo, who were feeling the pressure as waves of Juve attacks had to be thwarted. First Claudio Marchisio smashed an effort over the bar, then Nicholas Frey cleared an Arturo Vidal shot off the line.

Vidal was once more in the thick of things as he hit the post with a header.

The home side did have one chance of note midway through the first half as Valter Birsa burst into the Bianconeri half on the left, his through-ball sending Ezequiel Schelotto in on goal, but the 25-year-old's long range effort trickled wide of Gianluigi Buffon's right-hand upright.

Just before the break Juventus should have doubled their advantage. First Tevez hit the crossbar from six-yards, though he was stretching to connect with a low Stephan Lichtsteiner right-hand cross, then Leonardo Bonucci hit the woodwork again with a looping header.

The second half saw more of the same from Juventus and, just a minute in, Coman almost made it 2-0 with a fantastic curling effort from outside the penalty area, but with an outstretched Bardi beaten, the ball scraped the outside of the left-hand post.

He was again denied on the hour mark as his powerful header from 12 yards went inches over.

Bardi was again called into action as substitute Fernando Llorente's header was palmed away for a corner. The Spaniard had a magnificent opportunity to get his first of the season moments later, but as he was about to pull the trigger from six yards, Frey was once more on-hand to slash the ball away.

Fifteen minutes from time, Maxi Lopez had a magnificent chance for Chievo. The former Sampdoria man was in the right place at the right time with the ball bobbling in he box, but unmarked on the six-yard line, he was denied by Buffon.

Tevez and Pogba both fired wide in the final few minutes of the game with Chievo boss Eugenio Corini also sent to the stands for kicking the ball while it was still in play.

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