Andrea Pirlo couldn't have enjoyed a better opening match to his Juventus managerial career than last weekend when his side defeated Sampdoria 3-0.
Roma promised to provide a tougher test a week later, and that proved to be the case as they earned a 2-2 draw against the champions.
Juve looked poor, and had to rely on two equalisers from Cristiano Ronaldo just to gain a point.
📷 Ronaldo: Match Snapshot
Juventus' overall lack of cohesion on the night meant that Ronaldo wasn't as involved as he'd like to be in a build-up play sense.
He was there solely as a finisher, and it was needed.
Twice CR7 bailed Juventus out, and ultimately earned the champions an undeserved point.
After Jordan Veretout gave Roma the lead, Ronaldo won and then scored a penalty to make it 1-1.
⚽ ⏱️ 44' A minute before half-tme, he sent the keeper the wrong way with an emphatic spotkick into the bottom right corner.
Veretout would, again, give Roma the lead a few moments later, however, as Juve were caught horribly on the break.
For the majority of the rest of the game Roma sat deep and attempted to catch Pirlo's side on the counter.
However, Ronaldo would again prove to be Juve's hero, and in brilliant fashion.
⚽ ⏱️ 69' WIth just over 20 minutes of normal time remaining, Danilo picked up possession in a pocket of space down the right wing before teasing a lofted cross high into the area.
Ronaldo's eyes lit up as he leapt remarkably high into the air, above everyone, to nod into the net to make it 2-2. A ridiculous feat of athleticism, but one we are used to.
The Portuguese enjoyed 43 touches of the ball on the night, and completed 21/26 passes to team-mates.
He earned a 8.1 FC Rating.
〽️ Ronaldo: Rating Week-on-Week
Against Sampdoria last week Ronaldo, and Juventus overall, were simply better.
Ronaldo was indeed Juve's hero against Roma, but his full performance was more effective against Samp.
He regressed from a 8.4 FC Rating to a 8.1 FC Rating.
🗝️ Key Stats
Ronaldo match stats
|On Target||3||Rank #1|
|Touches In Box||8|
Ronaldo: What Next?
Juventus are in for a major test next weekend as they take on Napoli, who demolished Genoa 6-0 on Sunday. Ronaldo will, again, be relied upon for the goals.