Fiorentina had the best chances with Federico Chiesa and Franck Ribery, but Juventus clung on for a point despite losing three players to injury.
The Viola had been without a single point so far this season and winless in 16 Serie A rounds, so switched from 4-3-3 to 3-5-2 with Franck Ribery and Martin Caceres making their first starts. Juve missed Mattia De Sciglio, Giorgio Chiellini and Marko Pjaca, with Blaise Matuidi and Gonzalo Higuain again picked.
It was a special occasion, as Coach Maurizio Sarri sat on the Bianconeri bench for the first time after missing the opening two wins with pneumonia. He did it just a stone’s throw away from his hometown.
There was a disastrous start for Juve, because Douglas Costa immediately pulled up with a right hamstring problem and made way for ex-Fiorentina man Federico Bernardeschi.
Wojciech Szczesny ran two massive risks in a couple of minutes, first his clearance ricocheting off Federico Chiesa to bounce back over the bar, then the goalkeeper had to chase down Ribery and make a clean tackle after a terrible Matthijs de Ligt back-pass.
Ribery tested Szczesny at the near post on a Chiesa knockback and Blaise Matuidi stung Bartlomiej Dragowski’s gloves, as the Fiorentina high press caused problems.
Chiesa mistimed his intervention on a Castrovilli pull-back and German Pezzella turned over, while another of the Italian winger’s shots was smothered.
Dalbert mistimed what should’ve been a free header on Ribery’s floated cross, allowing Szczesny a save at the back post.
There were more problems for Juventus, as before the break Miralem Pjanic limped off with a right thigh issue to make way for Rodrigo Bentancur.
Szczesny was again called into action on a Dalbert low cross-shot, Castrovilli scuffed Chiesa’s pull-back from 12 yards and Dalbert saw a shot charged down.
Ribery secured icon status from the Stadio Franchi crowd, as he sprinted back to stop Cristiano Ronaldo’s counter-attack with a perfectly-timed tackle.
Sarri’s problems intensified with Danilo getting cramp, so Juan Cuadrado was used as a make-shift right-back. Fiorentina kept piling on the pressure, Chiesa’s finish deflected over the bar.
Ribery worked his socks off and was given a standing ovation as he made way for Kevin-Prince Boateng. Juve almost scored against the run of play, Sami Khedira’s roll across for Ronaldo intercepted by German Pezzella, but it remained largely a Fiorentina-dominated performance with Milenkovic nodding a corner straight at Szczesny.
Ronaldo’s audacious bicycle-kick was over the bar and Boateng volleyed off target, as it ended goalless.
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