Pjanic - Work to do for Juve

20 August 2017 09:44:26 EST

Juventus still have plenty of work to do in their bid to reach top form, according to midfield maestro Miralem Pjanic.

After losing last weekend's Super Cup against Lazio, the Bianconeri opened their Serie A campaign on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Cagliari.

The game was not without incident though, with Gianluigi Buffon saving a Diego Farinas penalty, after a foul by Alex Sandro was referred to the new VAR system.

Massimiliano Allegri has recently returned to a variation of the 4-2-3-1 formation he trialled last term and his team are clearly still adapting to their shape.

We'll slowly get back into our stride.

Miralem Pjanic

The departure of Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan has led to talk of a potential changing of the guard in Italy, with Juve's rivals seemingly closing the gap following six straight Scudettos for the Bianconeri.

They are currently 11/10 to top the standings and having reached last season's Champions League final, Allegri's men are 20/1 to go one better in Kiev on 26 May.

Pjanic says he was pleased with his side's performance against the Sardinians but admits they still have plenty of work to do.

"We're not at our best yet but that's normal. We'll slowly get back into our stride," the 27-year-old told the club's official website.

"We played a good game today though and looked solid from the first minute to the last. We closed down the space well and could have scored a few more if our finishing had just been a touch better.

"It was important for us to keep a clean sheet as well after conceding a few too many in pre-season. We put in a good defensive shift today and of course Gigi [Buffon] gave us a hand with that penalty..."

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