The strange exultation of Dybala against Juve: Roma scores but he has only one thought

The strange exultation of Dybala against Juve: Roma scores but he has only one thought

Paulo Dybala lived an emotionally complex afternoon during Juve-Roma: the images of his reaction after Abraham’s goal testify to this.

The synthesis of what it meant Juventus-Rome for Paulo Dybala Tammy Abraham returned it shortly after the game ended: “I’ll hug him in the locker room, it was a delicate match for him, in his old stadium, and I’m glad he gave an assist for my benefit.”. A non-trivial assist, among other things, both for technical quality and specific weight, since it served to fix the final score of the match at 1-1. An afternoon lived under the banner of emotion for La Joya, almost uncomfortable in managing the inner conflict that accompanied him.

The reception from his old fans was the best he could wish for. Returning to the Stadium in the role of an opponent, moreover representing a historical rival like Roma, did not affect the memory that the Juventus people keep of him. And so, from the moment he entered the field for the warm-up, he was overwhelmed by a wave of affection: applause from the stands, a chorus to invoke him under the curve, some banners to thank him for what he did in black and white.

The banner dedicated by Juventus fans to Paulo Dybala

The banner dedicated by Juventus fans to Paulo Dybala

The moment of reading the formations was also significant. All the Roma players were overwhelmed by the copious whistles of the Stadium, as expected. Once in Dybala, however, the background hiss of the speaker’s chant was interrupted by thunderous applause from the whole stadium.

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On the pitch it was not an easy match for Dybala. In the first half he was dragged into the apathy of all of Rome and we saw little, very little. In some cases he was a negative protagonist, such as when he lost the ball in the action that led to Locatelli’s momentary 2-0, then canceled by Vlahovic’s handball. He never shot on goal, but he put himself at the service of the team and entered the most interesting actions, especially in the second half, as soon as Roma put their heads out of their shells.

The assist for Abraham on the development of corner football, valuable, is the champion’s mark that he left engraved on the game. A flash was enough for him to be decisive and contribute to the conquest of a precious point, in the context of a difficult afternoon. And not even that induced the Juve fans to boo him at the time of the change, arrived at 78 ‘with the game now blocked.

Paulo Dybala goes to pick up the ball after Abraham's goal and takes it towards the center of the field with his head down

Paulo Dybala goes to pick up the ball after Abraham’s goal and takes it towards the center of the field with his head down

The sequence captured by the exclusive DAZN cameras and shown in the post-game effectively encapsulates the mixed feelings that Dybala carried within throughout the race. At the moment of Abraham’s goal, the instinctive reaction is to spring towards him and celebrate the draw with his teammates. But after a few moments he walks in the opposite direction, crossing the former Juventus teammates, with a fixed thought: go and collect the ball at the bottom of the net and return to the midfield alone.

A gesture with a double meaning: on the one hand the winning mentality of those who want to immediately resume the game to exploit the inertia in their favor and seek the comeback goal for Roma; on the other hand that aftertaste, a bit bitter, of those who for the first time felt really opposed to the team that marked the most important part of his career.


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