The Italian international has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury, derailing the Bianconeri winter window plans.
Three days later, it’s still hard to know exactly what to make of Juventus ‘insane 4-3 victory in Rome, certainly from the visitors’ perspective.
Was it an anomaly or a turning point?
The Bianconeri are still buzzing, of course. As captain Giorgio Chiellini admitted on Tuesday, it was the kind of victory that “gives you an adrenaline rush.”
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Marco Landucci had been on the Juventus bench in Rome and Allegri, who was forced to sit in the stands for suspension, praised his assistant coach, joking on the eve of Wednesday’s Italian Super Cup clash with Inter: ” He did very well. In fact, I thought about not showing up tomorrow!
Landucci, however, will be happy to have his boss back with him on the bench, having admitted that he “lost five or six years of my life” watching Juve come back from 3-1 to triumph in the Olympic, despite the late award. penalty and loss of Matthijs de Ligt by red card.
Juve are now undefeated in seven Serie A games and ranked fifth in the standings, just three points behind Atalanta, although fourth-placed Bergamaschi has played one game less.
At first glance, then, the Old Lady appears to have fully recovered from a shocking start to the season and is now perfectly poised to force her return to the Champions League venues.
Although the doubts persist. After all, sometimes the results can be misleading.
Giorgio Chiellini Juventus Roma Serie A 2021-22 GFX
Juventus have performed poorly for most of the season, scoring only 28 times in 20 games before Sunday’s game.
We must also admit that they were dire for more than an hour at the Stadio Olimpico.
Allegri’s introduction of Arthur and Álvaro Morata was certainly a game changer, and he undeniably deserves credit for his double substitution.
Of course, his critics, and their numbers are increasing, would argue that the manager’s conservatism has been responsible for Juve’s low productivity this period.
Now they hope Allegri will see the benefits of playing Arthur in midfield alongside Manuel Locatelli and abandon the 4-4-2 formation they consider embarrassingly outdated.
However, no one is sure how the Tuscan will line up his players against Inter, especially since he will have to cope without some key men.
Neither Alex Sandro nor Leonardo Bonucci are one hundred percent, Danilo is injured, Juan Cuadrado and De Ligt are sanctioned, while Wojciech Szczesny has not yet obtained his Covid-19 Green Pass.
More significant, however, is the absence of Federico Chiesa.
The Euro 2020 star suffered a knee ligament injury in the first half of Roma’s victory and it has since been confirmed that his campaign is over.
It is, as Chiellini pointed out, a devastating blow not only for Juve, but for Italian football in general, as the winger is now also ruled out for the crucial March World Cup play-offs.
Even if the Azzurri arrive in Qatar, there is also no guarantee that Chiesa will be fit to perform there.
It is also unclear how Juve will react to his long absence. At the very least, it will affect his January transfer plans, which were already shrouded in uncertainty due to Paulo Dybala, who was set to sign an extension beyond the summer, but is now being offered a new contract worth less than the deal for 10 million euros (£ 8.3 million / $ 11.3 million) that he had previously agreed with the club.
As GOAL has already reported, the Bianconeri are desperate to bring in a center forward and central midfielder during the winter window, but their financial woes are severely hampering them.
Consequently, the hope was that they could raise funds by capitalizing on one of their few valuable assets that Allegri considered to be in surplus for the requirements.
Dejan Kulusevski was the most likely departure, given that he has many fans in England. However, the versatile Swedish forward is now the most obvious internal replacement for Chiesa.
Allegri, so far, has shown a clear lack of faith in Kulusevski, but even if he considered Federico Bernardeschi or Cuadrado to be better options, it still seems unlikely that he would now approve of Kulusevski’s sale.
Dejan Kulusevski Juventus Roma Serie A 2021-22 GFX
“I spoke to him [on Monday],” Allegri revealed on the eve of the Super Cup. “He has great qualities and can fill various roles. He is beginning to understand Juve, as they all need to make a quality leap on a mental level.
“Determination can change a player’s career. It is also important that he finds the maturity required to play certain games.”
At the very least, Kulusevski’s versatility should guarantee his stay in Turin until at least the summer.
As a result, the chances of US men’s team star Weston McKennie being euthanized in January have increased, particularly with Juve trying to find a way to bring in Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon.
However, Juve’s priority remains a center forward.
Morata made a big impact on Roma, and Allegri insists the Spanish forward stays where he is despite having reached a personal agreement with Barcelona, but Juve has no intention of accepting his option to buy. the 29-year-old Atlético de Madrid player at the end of the year. season.
His main target is still Gianluca Scamacca, but the Old Lady is simply not in a position to meet Sassuolo’s 40 million euro (£ 33 million / $ 45 million) asking price, and there is no chance the Neroverdi will leave. that the forward goes on loan in the middle of the season. .
Gianluca Scamacca Sassuolo Serie A 2021-22 GFX
It is a similar story with Mauro Icardi. Paris Saint-Germain wants a permanent agreement or a purchase obligation embedded in any temporary transfer of the former Inter captain.
Liverpool supersubstitute Divock Origi and frustrated Manchester United French striker Anthony Martial have also been mentioned repeatedly, but once again neither player is expected to leave without paying at least something. of money in advance.
The most likely outcome is a short-term solution, with Sky Sport Italia stating that the Bianconeri have contacted Zenit to sign Sardar Azmoun, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Allegri, for his part, insists that the squad will remain unchanged between now and the end of the month. He is simply focused on maintaining the momentum built up over the past six weeks by winning the first trophy of his second spell in Turin.
“We have to think game by game to get to those in front of us [in the table],” argued Allegri in his pre-game press conference, “and next season we will see if we have done enough to fight for the Scudetto again. “.
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Beating Inter will not be easy, of course. The reigning Serie A champions and current league leaders are pretty much everything Juve isn’t right now: prolific, solid, and 100 percent confident.
Allegri himself acknowledges that Inter are the strongest team in Italy, while Chiellini says that he knew since September that the title was his.
Juve, then, could have a long evening. But at the very least, the Supercoppa should shed much more light on how much work the Old Lady has to do to get back to the top of Serie A than last Sunday’s madness at the Stadio Olimpico.