Serie A: Andrea Pirlo begins managerial stint at Juventus with win over Sampdoria

Andrea Pirlo begins managerial stint at Juventus with win over Sampdoria

Serie A: Andrea Pirlo begins managerial stint at Juventus with win over Sampdoria

Andrea Pirlo begins managerial stint at Juventus with a win over Sampdoria.

Andrea Pirlo got his coaching career off to a winning start as Juventus beat Sampdoria 3-0 in Serie A on Sunday.

Dejan Kulusevski scored early on his debut and second-half goals from Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the result on a day that saw fans return to Serie A stadiums.

The former midfield maestro, who played for the side, was handed his first coaching job last month when he was put in charge of Juventus’ under-23 team, who play in Serie C. But he had not led a game before he was promoted to replace the fired Maurizio Sarri.

Juventus played from the start with an intensity that had been lacking for much of last season and took the lead in the 13th minute.

Ronaldo, who scored 31 league goals last season, managed to get off the mark for this campaign in the final minutes of the match as he ran onto Aaron Ramsey’s through-ball and placed a precise drive into the bottom left corner.

Juventus are bidding for a record-extending 10th straight Serie A title but their main desire is to land the Champions League trophy that has avoided them with each passing season.