The old woman loses her mind. After two difficult years marked by disappointing results, early eliminations in the Champions League and two fourth-place finishes in Serie A, Juventus wanted to start this 2022-23 season on the right foot. To do this, Massimiliano Allegri had the transfer window to strengthen a team orphaned by Paulo Dybala, Matthijs de Ligt or Giorgio Chiellini. Therefore, his management tried to satisfy him by hiring Angel Di Maria, Paul Pogba or even Gleison Bremer. But the Italian coach could not count on all his troops, leaving some elements on the flank.
juve is in trouble
Which didn’t help Juve get off to a good start. Indeed, after eight games played in all competitions, the Turinese have a disastrous record of 2 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses. It is true that undefeated in Serie A (2 wins and 4 draws), the Italian team (8th, 10 points) is disappointing. In the Champions League, even worse, since they lost twice (the last one tied with Maccabi Haifa, 0 points). The first time against Paris Saint-Germain (2-1). The second, against Benfica (2-1) yesterday. However, everything had started quite well with the first goal from Arkadiusz Milik (4th).
So not much. The old woman returned to her habits and finally left the house. A defeat that was not entirely on the side of the fans present at the Juventus Stadium. The latter also whistled at the players. What Captain Leonardo Bonucci fully understood, questioned by the Gazzetta dello Sport after the conference. “Of course the whistles are justified. We have to worry because we exit the game too often. I don’t know if the reasons are mental or physical. It is difficult for us to be consistent. We lost a match that we absolutely should not have lost..
The Italian press turns against the players
He pursues: “It is true that they boo us. There is little to say, we must shut up, work and move on. I think it is a situation that can be changed, we have many absent players. Today it’s everyone’s fault. It’s not just the players, it’s not just the coach, it’s not just the club. It’s everyone’s fault.”. And nobody is saved this Thursday in the transalpine press. “Juve is derailed: please do something”title tuttosport. The Italian media then launched the sulphate to illuminate the Juventus players. They all drank a lot.
“It’s not just Allegri’s fault. The responsibilities of the players are also obvious. Someone has to do something fast, the season is derailed after only 6 League games and 2 Champions League games, both lost, setting a new negative record in the history of Juventus. Dusan Vlahovic, net 7.5 million per season, can’t control a ball well, doesn’t make an accurate pass, stays out of the game. Di Maria is physically absent. Square a ghost. McKennie, the usual awkward. Many decisive players are missing. Allegri’s fault alone? Maybe not, but now he’s the only one who can do something.”.
Allegri, guilty number 1
For his part, the Gazzetta dello Sport concerns. “The Champions League is hanging by a thread, bad even in the league: however, the team is made for Max”He writes on pink paper the publication in which the Bianconero coach does not skimp. “They (the leaders, editor’s note) listened to him, they satisfied him. In all, or almost. A year ago, Allegri wanted a center forward, a true number 9, a surface fox: in January they took Vlahovic, the best at the time, at least; now he is much less effective and too nervous, perhaps also because he is poorly exploited. Fabio Capello also approached Allegri on Italian television.
“It was a difficult match, Juventus never managed to regain the advantage. They didn’t have the pace of their opponents. After great minutes, we saw a big difference in quality and intensity. It is a difficult moment for the Bianconeri. (…) They made counterattacks out of fear, there was no balance on the court. The Benfica players had will, strength and speed. Glad? Before he had another team, now he can no longer find the key to the problem and a direction”. Always supported by the management of him, while a rumor was lit Twitter After the meeting about his dismissal, Allegri will have to find solutions and remobilize his group.
A dressing room that questions
A group that obviously would not be entirely behind him. After the match, Ángel Di María reportedly said to Milik, who came out in the 70th minute: “Why did he change you?”. Images that lit up social networks. But the Turin coach does not feel pressured. “Me in danger? No, difficult times are part of the game, the only thing you can do is shut up and work. We played well for the first 20 minutes, then we started to fall back and suffered. We can say that after 2-1 the game is practically over. We could have conceded more goals, we had the chance to score at the end, but the performance would have been the same. We have to shut up, work and think about the next league game..
He has added : “These moments are coming, they will come again, we have to leave the team with a great responsibility, we have a difficult game on Sunday, then we will think about the Cup, nothing is lost”. Although Juventus had never lost twice in a row in the first two days of the UEFA Champions League group stage, a reaction is expected on Sunday at Monza on matchday seven of Serie A. A new counterpart could seal the fate of a Massimiliano Allegri more than ever on the bench.
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