Juventus is the leader of Serie A with a 6 point advantage over Inter, 7 over Atalanta, and 8 over Lazio; but it has problems: little tension, fragility in defense, injuries, stoppage effects due to the coronavirus pandemic. None of this will prevent her from achieving her ninth ‘scudetto’ in a row; but it can cost her dearly in the Champions League. On the second round, on August 7 they will have to overcome a 1-0 against Lyon in Turin. Then, if it happens, the final to eight in Lisbon. The great dream of the Juventinos is to conquer their third Champions League, after those of 1984-85 and 1995-96.
According to a study by the Gazzetta Dello Sport, Juventus by Maurizio Sarri has let 15 points escape in advantageous situations. Its key players are losing weight. Cristiano Ronaldo himself wastes three opportunities in 90 minutes, a coach steals the ball from Sarri (Roberto De Zerbi, 57.5% of the ball possession against Sassuolo at 3-3 last Wednesday ) and Juventus falls for the game and intensity.
Already certain the signings of the still Barcelona player Arthur and Dejan Kulusevski, according to said media the question is whether this squad and Sarri have a future together. The ninth ‘scudetto’ in a row is close, but Sarri and this Juventus will be judged by the Champions.
This Juventus is far from its traditional DNA and has difficulties against teams as its own identity; as it happened against Naples, Atalanta, and Sassuolo. Against Lazio, Verona and Milan lost after going ahead. In front of Lecce and Sassuolo, he let himself be tied.
According to the Gazzetta, perhaps this Juventus does not have the right players to carry out strong pressure and when it comes down it does not scare, it gives facilities to its rivals.
HIGH AND LOW AT MENTAL LEVEL
Sarri himself said it a few days ago. This Juventus does not have at this level the strength of other times.
This Juventus lacks organization in attack and defensively, its mechanisms sometimes jump.
Danilo in Caputo’s goal. Szczesny on Leao’s shot. Alex Sandro at Rebic’s 4-2. Bentancur and Pjanic in Borini’s draw in Verona. Square in the Zielinski goal in Napoli. There are many failures, which are not going to prevent Juventus from winning the ‘scudetto’ but can cost them dearly in the Champions League.
The lack of normal training, of being able to carry out preparation, as usual, has been felt in a team in which three players, Paulo Dubaja, Daniele Rugani, and Blaise Matuidi, also suffered from COVID-19 infection.
Juventus (Khedira, Ramsey, Rabiot, Demiral) have felt and feel them, but for Sarri the good news is that in the match against Lazio they will have Bonucci and Dybala. Chiellini and Bentancur do not suffer from any serious illness. The coach hopes that De Light can recover from his shoulder injury and partner with Bonucci in the centerline of defense. Dybala, trident with Cristiano Ronaldo and Douglas Costa.