The bianconeri, 10 points away from Milan, would need a run-up similar to that made with Allegri. Plus there’s Ronaldo, but the rivals are stronger. And there is no experience
Ten points behind Milan are a lot, even if the match against Napoli at the beginning of the season is still to be recovered. What lies ahead for Juventus is therefore an extremely difficult comeback to make, but which in some ways can recall that of the 2015/16 season under the guidance of Massimiliano Allegri. After the tenth day and the defeat at Sassuolo, the bianconeri were in 12th position. Then, the outburst of Buffon and the 26 victories in the remaining 28 games that led to the fifth consecutive Scudetto in Turin. Although it is a difficult undertaking for these last numbers to replicate the exploits of that group, there are several factors that can be considered to understand if Pirlo’s team can really begin a similar run-up. Why yes and why not.
Why not / 1
The difference between the two black and white roses. Allegri’s squad was made up of a group of players who knew each other very well and, above all, in midfield had few equals with Pogba, Marchisio and Khedira. The BBC behind and the attack consisting of Morata, Zaza, Dybala and Mandzukic. This year the members of the training are still getting to know each other and some setbacks can be attributed to this inexperience. Moreover, the same little experience of coach Andrea Pirlo cannot be denied, whose path is clearly not comparable to Allegri’s curriculum in 2015. These two contingent factors make Juventus’ transformation into a steamroller more complex, which instead he managed five years ago precisely because of the compact group’s habit of dominating – together – the Italian opponents.
Why not / 2
The different tenor of the opponents. Five years ago the bianconeri reigned almost undisputed in the national panorama, at least as regards the level of the roses. Today, as mentioned, Juventus appears less infallible, while outside Turin the competitors are really fearful. First of all Inter, which technically have an ultra-competitive squad and a highly skilled coach. Then Milan, a very solid group driven by the talent of Ibrahimovic and Theo Hernandez among others. Without forgetting Atalanta who is now in the second round of the Champions League for the second year and never ceases to amaze, up to Gattuso’s Napoli, Roma and Lazio. With these contenders, the obligation to win almost all of them appears to be an even tougher mission than in 2015/16.
Why yes / 1
Now in the squad there is one of the most decisive players of the last 15 years. And the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo counts a lot, although the team has already suffered in his absence and how much the Portuguese personally removed the chestnuts from the fire in difficult moments. He already has 16 goals this season, 12 of which in the league: the attack is probably the department in which this Juventus is more gifted than the reference past and if you have someone like CR7 in the team, nothing is impossible for you and nothing is discounted for those who confront you.
Why yes / 2
De Ligt and Morata. The Dutchman is a constantly growing talent and – Fiorentina aside – since his return to the group the team has appeared much more ready to counter the opponent’s offensives. If five years ago there was the BBC to keep Buffon quiet, now he is the backbone of the department that must avoid overtime in Szczesny. On the other side of the pitch, Morata is a very different player than in the past and above all he sees the goal with much more ferocity. The Spaniard is already on his tenth goal of the season, that year he scored 12 in total. Alvaro surprised everyone with this immediate feeling with the net and was a determining factor on many occasions, especially for the difficulties encountered so far by Dybala. That sooner or later he will get back in shape and, when he does, will make Juventus’ firepower even more lethal. Will it be enough? Hard to say, we’ll see.
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