Allegri shakes up the team: the reasons for the penalty are expected on Monday, then the appeal will start. Meanwhile, Vlahovic and Pogba return to the field with Monza. While McKennie’s exit enlivens the session finale
The one against Monza is much more than a match. Tomorrow for Juventus kicks off the week of restart across the board and in all fields. From the comeback project in the championship to the first market strategies in view of the summer. From the defense in the courtrooms, starting from the sporting one (the motivations of the Federal Court of Appeal are expected on Monday after the -15 sentence), up to mediation with UEFA after the frost caused by the Super League.
Tomorrow the second round begins and Monza arrives at the Allianz Stadium. In the first leg, Juve scored 38 points on the field (11 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses), which later became 23 due to the penalty (-15). “You players think about scoring points on the pitch and we will defend Juventus in the courtrooms”, the message repeated by the president Gianluca Ferrero, by the CEO Maurizio Scanavino and by John Elkann. Massimiliano Allegri, thanks to his pragmatism, prefers numbers and calculations. “With 71-73 points you qualify for the Champions League,” Atalanta said in the post. Translated: the Bianconeri, with the current standings in hand and net of new changes for the better or worse, will need 48-50 points. An extraordinary cruising speed, as it would be to qualify for the Champions League despite the -15, but not like fantasy football. In fact, Bonucci and his companions should travel at the pace held in the first round by Napoli, which reached the halfway point with 50 points. An (almost) impossible mission that the coach from Livorno does not consider lost a priori. The Livorno native, a bit of a technician and a bit of a psychologist, is trying to convey optimism and awareness to the team. As if to say: “We are always Juve”. On Thursday, in front of the 300 lucky fans sitting in the Continassa stands, he opened training by gathering the players in a circle. A further sign of unity and compactness. The reasoning of “Count Max” sounds more or less like this. If Juventus, in a great emergency due to injuries, scored 38 points on the field in the first round, now that all the big names are back they have the potential for a second round with ten more points. If Di Maria and Chiesa are finding their best form, tomorrow Vlahovic and Pogba should savor the bench again together with De Sciglio. Rosa practically complete, like never before. Waiting for Captain Bonucci (Lazio in the Italian Cup or Salernitana) and Juan Cuadrado. The Colombian, tired after Thursday’s friendly against Next Gen, is in serious doubt for Monza.
Hot hours also for Weston McKennie, ever closer to Leeds. We are moving towards an operation which between loan and redemption (mandatory or conditional) should guarantee Juventus between 25 and 30 million with bonuses. The now imminent farewell of the US midfielder will anticipate the midfield revolution scheduled for the summer. Yes, because in June Adrien Rabiot will say goodbye on a free transfer and Leandro Paredes, whose redemption obligation from PSG has lapsed due to the black and white elimination from the Champions League, will not be redeemed. Three heavy exits, also in terms of salaries, which will not be compensated only by the explosion of Nicolò Fagioli and Fabio Miretti. At Continassa, when from Wednesday onwards Scanavino and Calvo will begin to evaluate the future with Cherubini and Manna (the Next Gen sporting director promoted on the market), attention will shift to summer. A reinforcement in midfield will arrive, but the level and costs of the operation will be the consequence of what will happen on and off the pitch in the coming months. Waiting to know exactly the future (even in terms of new managers, Giuntoli remains an option), the bianconeri keep their antennas straight on Marcelo Brozovic and on the possible divorce from Inter. But at Continassa they are reported to be active above all on Frattesi (Sassuolo) and Gonzalez (Lecce).
Between Monza and the end of the market, a Monday that is anything but trivial will come together. In fact, the reasons of the Federal Court of Appeal are awaited, which led to the maxi penalty of Juventus for the fictitious capital gains. Above all, Juventus’ lawyers are waiting for them, ready to appeal to the Coni guarantee college – a sort of Cassation of sports justice, which expresses itself only on the violation of the law. It decides on form and not on merit. Translated: he can annul the sentence, confirm it or refer the judgment to the Court for a new trial. The Juventus defense will question the legitimacy of the sentence and will point to the lack of malice in the operations carried out.
They remain much more than vigilant of Juventus’ procedural events also in Nyon, where however they are awaiting developments: from sports justice to ordinary justice (Prisma preliminary hearing on 27 March). Relations between UEFA and the Juventus club have reached an all-time low in the last year and a half due to the Superlega, of which former president Andrea Agnelli is the promoter together with Florentino Perez (Real Madrid) and Joan Laporta (Barcelona ). The managerial revolution, with the farewell of Agnelli and the beginning of the Ferrero era, was well received in Nyon. But UEFA considers it only a first step. The most important and decisive one to mend the relationship remains breaking with the past: that is, abandoning the Superlega project. Mediations are at work.
January 28 – 08:06
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