Life after Paul Pogba has started pretty well for Juventus.
The Old Lady are two for two in their defence of the Serie A title, picking up wins against Fiorentina and Lazio.
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The Italian giants received a world-record fee of £89 million when they sold the Frenchman to Manchester United earlier this month.
Massimiliano Allegri paid €32m on Pogba’s replacement, Miralem Pjanic, and also made exciting prospect Mario Lemina’s loan move from Marseille permanent.
Two goals in two for Sami Khedira suggests that Juventus will still score goals from midfield.
But it will be difficult to replace the energy and technical ability that Pogba brought to the team.
"Watching him play was like watching the best kid in the school ground doing whatever he wanted, running all over the pitch,” Jamie Carragher assessed after Pogba made his second United debut in the 2-0 win over Southampton.
What Allegri will miss
And yet his footballing talent isn’t even the biggest thing Allegri misses about the 23-year-old.
Instead, the Italian misses partaking in leisurely activities with his former player.
“I miss Pogba because now I have to find somebody else to play mini football or basketball with me,” Allegri joked in a press conference.
The Juventus manager is, of course, referring to the pair's battles in training.
Pogba’s summer concluded with his return to Old Trafford in a deal that made him the most expensive player in history.
He enjoyed four terrific years in Turin, winning four successive titles, reaching the Champions League final and emerged into one of the finest midfielders in the game.
It’s no wonder, then, that Gianluigi Buffon believes he can become the best player in the world.
“It’s possible,” Buffon said, per the Mirror. “With luck it is possible. The kid is a tremendous warrior on the pitch but also has so much talent.
“Manchester United have signed a very good player.
It’s not easy to compare him to greats of the past but he has many details of the games of both Platini and Zidane.”