Livorno hosted Juventus for the first time in 3 years, marking the return of prodigal son Giorgio Chiellini to the Tuscan seaside.
Juventus coach Antonio Conte was forced to play a makeshift defence placing Vidal as a central defenceman, as Ogbonna and Bonucci were suspended and Barzagli was injured.
The game begins with Juventus seeking the early goal but Livorno is well placed on the field by coach Davide Nicola, and concede no space to the bianconeri. No scoring chances on either side until the 20′ minute, when Llorente heads Padoin’s cross high and wide. Juventus reacts by intensifying their ball possession and trying, in vain, to find holes in the Livornese defence.
Antonio Conte must have chewed the bianconeri‘s ears off at halftime because in the second half, a much different Juventus descended on the Armando Picchi. Conte’s men intensified their game play significantly and he didn’t have to wait too long to harvest the fruits of his labour. At the hour mark, in fact, Llorente met a superb cross by Paul Pogba with a wonderful volley that roofs to the left of Livorno’s Bardi.
Nicola tries to shuffle the deck by subbing on Borja for Emegara. However, Livorno’s reaction is not up to snuff and at the 75th minute Tevez doubles Juventus’ lead with a well placed shot near the left bottom corner, after Llorente did well to bring down a high pass and lay it off to the Argentine.
At the 80th minute, Conte allowed Vucinic an opportunity to reacquaint himself with the field, subbing him in for Llorente; as well giving Quagliarella and Peluso some playing time in lieu of Tevez and Asamoah, respectively.