Manu’s Seize Bag: Bitter Draw

Only a week after Juventus suffered its worst defeat of the Serie A marketing campaign, the bianconeri have been seeking to bounce again in league play Sunday night time towards a feisty Atalanta facet that has been a troublesome nut to crack for the Turin primarily based membership.

Whereas getting again on monitor after getting trounced by one in every of their rivals can be motivation sufficient, Juventus had much more purpose to go on the market and get a outcome after the off discipline verdict to dock the membership 15 factors as punishment for final spring’s surplus worth analysis.

And to be truthful, fireplace was not a factor that was missing for the Bianconeri, as their offensive playmakers got here alive in a three-goal efficiency that confirmed loads of combat for a group that’s at present—pending enchantment—marred in tenth place on the desk.

Sadly, their defensive gamers did not get the memo as howlers in each the primary and second half of play gifted the visiting facet a pair scores that have been greater than sufficient for Atalanta to flee the Allianz Stadium with a 3-3 draw.

Let’s prepare dinner.

Offensive Participant of the Week: Angel Di Maria

Say what you’ll about Angel Di Maria, however when the man is on, he’s on.

The Argentine winger — and newly minted World Cup champion — put forth a outstanding efficiency and was the fulcrum of Juventus offensive efficiency. His contract could be a bit bloated and accidents have n’t actually allowed him to be any such participant we might have preferred on a constant foundation, however he stays in a category above virtually each different offensive participant not named Federico Chiesa .

He scored a PK to carry Juve degree and was concerned within the different two objectives of the night, establishing Nicolo Fagioli fantastically within the second rating and completely taking part in the dummy on the free kick that Danilo ended up burying within the second half.

It is virtually a certainty that he can be a one and performed as a Juve participant — which is unlucky as a result of watching him function at peak ranges has been a real delight. Let’s get pleasure from it whereas we will.

Water Discovering Its Degree

Two weeks in the past, Juventus had allowed solely seven objectives all season.

Two matchdays later, they’ve allowed eight objectives.

What offers? Was Juventus an overvalued protection all alongside or is that this a statistical anomaly in what ought to proceed to be a degree of reference for the membership? It was all the time going to be onerous to anticipate this group to proceed with their clear sheet streak, however for mentioned streak to finish in such a spectacular trend was one thing that only a few predicted.

Max Allegri’s unconventional method to a three-man backline all the time felt a bit gimmicky with just one pure middle again in Bremer flanked by his fellow Brazilian nationals Alex Sandro and Danilo. Then once more it is onerous to name one thing a gimmick when it produced such glorious outcomes and noticed each transformed fullbacks put forth a few of their strongest performances.

I feel while you have a look at the best way each Atalanta and Napoli each discovered the online, I lean a bit extra in direction of Juve — hopefully — returning to their defensive normal sooner slightly than later.

In each the Napoli recreation and now towards Atalanta, quite a lot of the objectives allowed are the results of good gamers making dumb errors. Wojciech Szczęsny is just too good and too skilled to be giving up straightforward photographs just like the one he did to Ademola Lookman and he is proven the power to bounce again shortly after errors previously. I am not too nervous.

Alex Sandro and Danilo have discovered a profession renaissance as transformed middle backs however each had fairly tough moments to permit Atalanta to attain. I am assured that Danilo will not be making direct passes to the opposition too usually and whereas Sandro has by no means been significantly nice defending within the air typically you simply get beat by an incredible cross and find yourself wanting foolish. Might he have performed extra? Certain, however that was additionally a fairly nifty cross and an excellent transfer.

Juventus caught just a few breaks on their approach to their clear sheet streak and a few of these breaks have gone towards them on this two recreation onslaught. If I needed to guess, I would guess on this group posting clear sheets once more within the close to future.

Winner: Nicolo Fagioli

Fabio Miretti took a bigger share of the highlight and of the minutes within the early going of the season, however its the Bean Man who’s been wanting higher and higher lately.

(Which is okay, by the best way. Younger gamers have ebbs and flows, Miretti is struggling a bit proper now however that does not imply that he’s not a proficient participant and vice versa. These are the kind of issues which are regular while you develop youth and I for one am completely happy that Juve can depend on veterans right here and there whereas a teen steadies his kind. Miretti ought to nonetheless be a part of this group for a while to return.)

di Maria supplied quite a lot of the flash within the run up for the second purpose, however Fagioli was the one which delivered the proper cross to Arek Milik and that is not nothing. Apart from the help, Fagioli is an ideal praise to the remainder of the midfield and continues to play with outstanding poise for a man who was this time final yr taking part in in Serie B.

With the entire plusvalenza scandal looming over Juventus and what’s positive to be a quiet switch window within the coming summer time, the truth that Fagioli is beginning to come into his personal solves quite a lot of squad points for Juventus.

Fagioli being a homegrown expertise who appears to harbor real affection and love for the membership is just the cherry on prime of the sundae for the younger Italian who’s shortly carving himself a task on this group and changing into a fan favourite with every passing efficiency.

Parting Shot of the Week

Till the enchantment and trial resolve themselves its going to be onerous to stay invested within the Serie A race for Juventus devoted. Barring a whole and utter collapse from the main pack, qualifying outright for any form of European competitors goes to be fairly a problem for Juventus.

With Juve at present 11 factors off Lazio and the distinguished Convention League spot, their greatest path to Europe subsequent season could be to take all of it the best way within the Europa League, however that is a unique dialog altogether.

(Though, I would be mendacity if I wasn’t kinda wanting ahead for a as soon as in a lifetime run within the Convention League subsequent yr to be fairly frank.)

With Paul Pogba and Dusan Vlahovic in line to return to the lineup in addition to the gradual however regular reintroduction of Federico Chiesa, Juventus needs to be a group to observe for within the coming weeks. Sadly till we all know the religion of their pending enchantment, we’re about to see spirited cup runs, however a crawl to the end in league play.

And we thought issues could not worsen after Naples, huh?

See you subsequent week.

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