TURIN, Italy ( Associated Press) – Juventus seem to be back on track after a couple of weeks.
Adrian Rabiot scored late on Friday to add to Weston McKennie and Moise Keane’s strike as the Bianconeri beat Empoli 4-0.
Despite their second straight win, Juve are still seven points behind Serie A leaders Napoli, who have played one more game. Overall, it was a confidence boost for Vecchia Signora ahead of a game in which they are bound to win over Benfica in the Champions League.
In addition to a win on Tuesday after an embarrassing 2-0 loss to Maccabi Haifa, Juventus could be out of contention in the group stage.
The blow came days after Juventus fell in Serie A by the same score against Milan.
However, they managed to beat Torino in the City derby last week and were given a boost with the return of Paul Pogba and Federico Chiesa to training, although both were unprepared for Friday’s engagement.
Argentina’s Angel Di Maria and Gleason Bremer were also absent due to injuries.
Juventus got off to a great start. Rabiot sent a cross from the left that Keane led to score in the eighth minute.
Keane was again, now wide, from a good position in the first half, while goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario deflected a McKenney shot from the pass.
McKennie achieved her goal in the 56th with a header from a corner kick.
It was the American’s first goal since January 15 against Udinese in Serie A. His second goal came in a 2–1 loss against Paris Saint-Germain in September.