Limit 14 days in Juve: several fronts opened before WandaFebruary 8, 2019
Juventus is not going through the best time of the season two weeks before playing for the first time in these eighths of the Champions League at Atlético de Madrid. The bianconeri have several open fronts that Allegri must solve: injuries in defense, the role of Dybala, who will play in the middle …
The first problem is behind, where its two main pillars, Bonucci Y Chiellini They are in the infirmary. The first one was injured in the ankle on January 27 and the second one has been out since the 31st. His return seems key and more with Barzagli making company to both in the infirmary until the end of March.
Allegri, to this day, counts on his staff with only two healthy centers: Daniele Rugani and Martín Cáceres, who have arrived from Lazio to cover the departure of Benatia towards Qatari football. Both played in the 3-3 against Parma evidencing the need for the return of Bonucci and Chiellini for the Champions League. According to the Corriere dello Sport, en Vinovo are optimistic with both recovery processes and that both Bonucci and Chiellini are available to visit the Metropolitan Wanda.
The role of Dybala
The arrival of Cristiano is giving many joys to Juventus but has forced a recomposition of roles and distribution of minutes in the locker room where one of the injured is Paulo Dybala.
The Argentine does not live his best moment in Turin and even less with Allegri. In the last match against Parma was substitute and once the coach spent the three changes, the Italian press assures that the Argentine left the bench directly to the dressing room. A gesture that did not like either the club or Allegri and that makes clear the discontent of the 'Jewel'.
While the transaplina press already talks about James as a candidate to replace Dybala in Turin, the coach has to see how he manages who is his best scorer in this Champions League. The one of Laguna Larga goes out to goal by party in Europe – five goals in five parties – but it does not find the tone in the Series To, where he has only 2 in 19 matches.
The medium: key, but with few options
The tie against Atlético de Madrid has one of its keys in the control of midfield. Simeone has it as a priority and it is not ruled out that it aligns a line of four with all pure mediocents.
In Juventus there are few alternatives in regards to the scheme. Allegri is not expected to change the 4-3-3 and it seems that he will bet on the physicist with Matudi, Khedira and Pjanic. German and French will try to impose their physique in the middle and Bosnian will relay the tasks of creation. It is not ruled out that between Rodrigo Betancur, who has gained weight in the eleven in the last weeks by the injuries.
In attack, everything will depend on the position of Cristiano Ronaldo and counts on Mandzukic or Dybala as a polyvalent element in center or band and with pure extremes like Douglas Costa or Bernardeschi.
In recent days, the Brazilian has been the protagonist for extra-sports reasons. Douglas Costa suffered a car accident on Monday from which he left unharmed and still decided to travel to Paris that same day to attend Neymar's birthday. The extreme enjoyed his two free days like all his companions but, according to Tuttosport, he did not like this trip to the capital after the crash on the highway and less a few days of one of the key games of the season.
An affordable calendar until the 20th
Before Atlético de Madrid, Juventus have two Serie A games against Sassuolo (February 10) and Frosinone (February 15). Allegri will have two relatively affordable games to close the worst week of the season in which they were eliminated from Coppa against Atalanta and tied three against Parma. The boss has homework.
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