09/20/2021 at 12:03 PM CEST
With a defense that conceded goals in the last 18 games and a less than brilliant forward, Juventus signed their worst start to the season in the last fifty years, with only two points in four games that left them in the relegation zone in Serie A.
The 1-1 of this Sunday against Milan returned to bare the limits of Juventus of Massimiliano Allegri, which this year in Serie A drew 2-2 against Udinese, after wasting a 2-0 in favor, and lost against the recently promoted Empoli (0-1) and Napoli (1-2).
The Turin team, who handed over the Italian championship scepter last year after nine years of dominance, has the worst streak of consecutive games conceding goals in Europe, already lost seven points after taking the lead and their forward just averaged one goal per encounter in Serie A.
Juventus scored four goals this season – two from Spaniards Alvaro Morata, one of the Argentine Paulo dybala and another from the Colombian Juan Guillermo Cuadrado– and already received six.
The entire “bianconero” team accumulates the same goals that the Portuguese signed Cristiano Ronaldo in his first three games at Manchester United, which he arrived in in the last days of the summer market precisely from Turin.
If CR7 shines, scores and enjoys at United, Juventus is experiencing a difficult time, a transformation of the physiological cycle after nine years of dominance in Italy, but which requires a decided change in dynamics.
It was in 1961 when Juventus began a season without league victories in the first four days for the last time. In all, such a negative start was only recorded four times: 1961, 1955 and 1942, before this year.
The unsuccessful bet of the sports management, in 2019, for a more offensive and spectacular football left Juventus in search of its identity.
Allegri, who returned to the Turin squad this summer after leaving the club two years ago, replaced without great results by Maurizio Sarri and Andrea Pirlo, He tried to find the tactical key to give balance to his team, but until this moment he did not achieve the desired results.
He never repeated eleven in the first four days and alternated tactical drawings, going from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2. The center of the field is the most delicate area, which has not found an owner since the departure of the Bosnian Miralem Pjanic in 2020 to Barcelona.
Pjanic, one of the great leaders of the first management of Allegri, was exchanged for the Brazilian Arthur Melo, but he has not yet managed to adapt to the new club, also due to a long series of physical problems that culminated in his operation, last June, due to an edema between the tibia and fibula.
The Uruguayan Rodrigo Bentancur, the Italian Manuel Locatelli and the american Weston McKennie They tried to compete as a pivot, but it was difficult for them to give rhythm to the game like the Bosnian international did, now called at Besiktas as they did not count on Barcelona’s coach, the Dutchman. Ronald Koeman.
Dybala, Morata, the Colombian Juan Guillermo Cuadrado or Federico Chiesa, the visible face of Italy champion of the last European Championship, are called to act as leaders to unblock the team Allegri.
For now, the only victory of the course came in the Champions League, a resounding 3-0 endorsed at home to Malmoe, with goals from Morata, Dybala and the brazilian Alex Sandro.
But it is in Serie A where “Juve” must change rhythm, to get out of the relegation zone and get closer to the leadership, shared between Milan and Inter Milan, who are currently eight points behind.
On the next day, Juventus will visit the Spezia field of the Brazilian Italian Thiago Motta. A delicate match on a small pitch, with few spaces, against a team with confidence after the victory achieved last Sunday against Venice.