Juve, it takes time but it's not there: Allegri and the team in the pipeline

Juve, it takes time but it’s not there: Allegri and the team in the pipeline

TURIN – “How long do you need?” “The time you can give me.” The dialogue between Theoden And Aragorn in one of the highlights of “The Two Towers”, the second chapter of the film Lord of the Rings, which this year celebrates its twentieth anniversary, it fits well with the current moment of Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus. Who needs time to assemble a profoundly changed team (for the better, in two out of three departments, but changed), but he will have to be able to get enough of the little that a compressed calendar will grant him. Penalty the risk of being dangerously detached from the top at the resumption of the championship after the World Cup and jeopardizing the passage of the round in Champions League.

It takes time …

At least some time, ad Merry but he needed it and he does. In the aftermath of the closing of the market, on Tuttosport we underlined how the company has built “Max’s Juve, overturned in eight months”, highlighting the six changes between the “ideal team” of September 2021 and “Ideal team” of now. Six changes, two per department: Bremer and Gatti, or Bonucci considering the eleven owner, for De Ligt and Chiellini; Pogba and Paredes for Locatelli (or Rabiot) and Bentancur; Di Maria and Vlahovic for Dybala and Morata. Six changes (to which add the additions of Miretti, Kostic and Milik), although almost always improvement (almost always because Bremer and Gatti are not at the level of De Ligt and Chiellini), however, require time to be absorbed. Especially since some have been quite recent: Paredesthe man destined to dictate the times, took the field in Florence two days after introducing himself to his new teammates, Milik arrived just over a week ago, Kostic for less than a month. A situation that is somewhat reminiscent of the beginning of the 2015-16 season, when Juventus, even then led by Allegri, had changed a lot (by losing Pirlo, Vidal and Tevez) and started even worse than now, with just one victory , two draws and two defeats in the first five days. Among other things, the player who more than others must guarantee continuity with the past and transmit a certain type of mentality, Bonucci, and the two signings that more than the others can raise the quality of the Juventus team, Pogba and Di Maria, were all victims of accidents. Pogba has not yet played and will not do so before October, Di Maria and Bonucci stopped after Sassuolo, returning the first with Spezia and the second in Florence.

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… but also to turn quickly

Precisely at the Franchi, the turnover needed by playing every three days and Rabiot’s ailments led Allegri to field an unprecedented midfield, with rookie Paredes between Locatelli And McKennieinstead of the trio formed by the blue, Rabiot And Miretti which had worked well with Rome and Spezia. Debut from the beginning also for Milik in attack. Things worked for half an hour, during which McKennie wasted the opportunity of 2-0 by giving up kicking from an excellent position, then the purple pressing highlighted the limits of understanding of the bianconeri, who ended up crushed in their own half and appeared significantly less reactive than their rivals (a problem we talk about on the next page). So Juve seen in the last hour of play at the Franchi rivaled the one who had drawn with Sampdoria at Marassi to deserve the label of worst of the season. And it is not an aesthetic question: in the first five years of Allegri there have been games in which the team left possession and field, but giving the feeling on the one hand that it could be dangerous every time it regained the ball, on the other that the opponents would have could play for 180 minutes without being able to shoot. In these first five days, however, Juve made 52 shots and suffered 59 (Wyscout data): negative balance resulting from the ups and downs shown. Ups and downs, yes, because the Juventus 2022-23 also showed highs (so much so that, looking forward to Monza-Atalanta, is -2 from the top): at the first of the championship against Sassuolo, with the exception of seven to eight minutes of skidding before the cooling break of the first half, at the third against Roma, when for an hour he dominated the field, in the initial stages against Spezia and Fiorentina. Flashes of what can be. For those flashes to become normality it takes time, but the calendar offers little because in the next two months Juventus will play 30 points in Serie A and access to the round of 16 of the Champions League: Allegri must be able to make it enough, like Theoden in that scene. of “The two towers”.

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