Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Morata bagged braces as Juventus destroyed Parma 7-0 with a new tactical system.
The Bianconeri were three points clear at the top of the table and fresh from a hard-fought 3-2 Champions League win over Olympiacos. That was their first game of the season starting a four-man defence and Max Allegri repeated the experiment with a Christmas Tree formation. Banned Arturo Vidal joined Andrea Pirlo, Andrea Barzagli, Kwadwo Asamoah, Patrice Evra and Martin Caceres on the sidelines. Parma ended their club record run of five consecutive defeats by surprising Inter 2-0 last week with Paolo De Ceglie’s brace. They missed Jonathan Biabiany, Gabriel Paletta, Marco Cassani, Cristobal Jorquera, Massimo Coda and Bidaoui.
Parma wore special green jerseys, which will be auctioned off to raise funds for those affected by recent floods in the city. Naturally, the Juventus Stadium had banners and chants wishing Alessandro Del Piero a happy 40th birthday.
Roberto Pereyra’s early overhead kick was audacious, but off target, while Antonio Mirante got down to palm a Claudio Marchisio daisy-cutter round the post.
Antonio Mirante spilled a Paul Pogba screamer from distance into the path of Fernando Llorente to turn in from six yards.
Gigi Buffon was at full stretch to deny Jose Mauri’s right-foot shot, but Stephan Lichtsteiner doubled Juve’s lead with a scorching strike from the edge of the box into the top corner. Incredibly, this was the Swiss international’s third goal in the last four editions of this fixture.
Llorente completed his first brace of the season, as Lichtsteiner pulled back from the right for the Spanish centre-forward to volley in undisturbed from 10 yards.
Abdel Ghezzal fired just over straight after the restart, but Tevez scored a divine individual effort. He started from his own half, surged forward to dribble past four different Parma players and deposit into the net. The Apache received a standing ovation from the crowd for that goal.
Tevez got another goal soon after, as Mirante again only parried a Pogba strike into his path.
Kingsley Coman chipped a pass over the top for Alvaro Morata to spring the offside trap, keeping his cool to side-foot past Mirante. At 6-0, this was now the worst defeat in Parma’s top flight history.
Pogba somehow didn’t score a seventh, as Coman went on a series of step-overs to cross and the ball bounced wide off the ex-Manchester United midfielder’s shin from six yards.
Morata did make it 7-0 with a wonderful cushioned volley on the inside of his right foot.
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