A team in disarray, a confused coach, a club in the ball. This is the current photograph of Juventus FC, team and club. The hard and pure of the fans will not like it, always ready to find an excuse even after a resounding home thud against the newly promoted Empoli and the hasty departure, equally noisy and unsettling, of the strongest player in pink (and in the world) a few days since the closing of the summer market. “We are only at the beginning” they say, but the signs are not at all encouraging, not to mention worrying: zero ideas, zero play, just a big mess on the pitch. Is out.
Nothing is good, Madama Juventus, and perhaps Allegri’s return may not be enough to put the pieces of the puzzle back in place. Indeed, the black and white puzzle is so complicated that it has already managed to send Max too haywire.. Proof of this is the formation put in place against the Tuscans, with players adapted to roles that are not theirs, risky experiments in a match that absolutely had to be won after the half misstep in Udine. Perhaps, unconsciously, victory was taken for granted and that it would be obtained with anyone in the squad on the pitch. Instead he won Empoli, playing well and knowing exactly what to do in every moment of the game, as opposed to Juve, who remained in the game for 18 minutes, after which, having scored Mancuso’s goal, it imploded in its mediocrity. The same manifested last season and that many insist on not wanting to see and admit.
Starting with the semi-new management, which hides behind the losses caused by Covid and therefore a financial availability to the minimum terms, but which is still showing lack of creativity and obvious structural limitations. Because a club like Juventus does not lose Ronaldo by the wayside when the summer transfer market is about to close, having had all the time to be able to organize himself only if he had set the stakes in Mendes in time, since his client began to show signs of intolerance in the final of last season. Juve, on the other hand, was a slave and at the mercy of Ronaldo until the end, until he found the team he wanted and left, leaving everyone with the match in hand. Groping in the dark looking for a replacement, which cannot be Kean.
It is not from Juve. At least, from Juventus that we used to know from the time of Boniperti, passing through Moggi and arriving in Marotta. Now it is something else. Such a disorganization was seen only in the days of the presidency Cobolli, and luckily then someone noticed it and intervened to put things right. This time, after a very disappointing year, the same action was taken, but perhaps not enough. If you really decided to start from scratch, you had to reset everything, squad and managers. Instead, many senators and players purchased in the last two years are still there, Paratici has been replaced with his deputy, an CEO has finally arrived, thus filling a gap in that role that had been going on for two years. Stop.
The team is the same as last season, without Ronaldo and Demiral, with the addition of only Locatelli, Kean and the mysterious object Kajo Jorge. Young and inexperienced squad, they say, yet the average age is 27, and many members are nationals, they have been playing in Serie A for several years and many have already gained international experience. Young and inexperienced he would have been if he had focused on Fagioli, Ranocchia, Correia, Rafia, instead of sending them on loan elsewhere or (Fagioli) extolling their quality but never having the courage to use them. Finally, if you have really decided to start again with young people, don’t put Kulusevski and McKennie on the market for the usual “budget needs”, considering among other things the new incoming capital increase.
Let’s face it: that same Juventus, placed fourth in the last championship, is more than normal to divide by scoring 1 point in 2 games, among other things with opponents with a low coefficient of difficulty. It is not normal if we are under the illusion that this team, entrusted to an experienced helmsman like Allegri, can immediately return to competitive in Italy and Europe, dragged by Dybala, whose contract has not yet been renewed and is likely to expire in January. However, everyone continues to profess optimism. On the whole. Because so much “we are only at the beginning”. About what?