For 17 years the Lady had not lost with a deficit of four goals, from 21 in Europe. The idea of going to London to replicate the ingredients of the first leg ended with one of the worst European Juventus figures
Motivating one of the worst European figures who remember Juve with the awareness of already having the qualification in his pocket does not reduce the responsibilities, on the contrary it aggravates them due to the inability to understand the value of certain evenings, on certain stages and their impact on the season. – an important step back, a blow from a psychological point of view – that goes beyond the narrow profit of the moment. Because not being forced to win does not mean that defeat is painless, far from it. And when there is little to save, when the best in the field is perhaps a goalkeeper who has conceded four goals, when it is everyone’s fault and therefore nobody’s fault, it is inevitable to invoke the responsibilities of the technical guide.
LIMITS OF METHOD
Upon returning to the bench after two years away, Allegri has found a football in which the “short muzzle” can be a patch, as in the first match experienced in an emergency, but not a strategy and even less a method. An idea that does not pay: if Juve goes to play a waiting match at the home of the European champions and comes out with four goals on their back, they might as well go and really play it, provided that in these first three months of the season they have built something also in terms of the proposal of the game. And in this the gap with the European champions was abysmal, and grew more and more with each passing minute. Also because it is not a new story that of Juve that does not try to play the game but to keep it, not only in terms of the game but also in terms of tactical moves, with changes that always come too late to give an imprint to the game instead of suffering it. .
The defeat of Stamford Bridge restores the equilibrium of a season lived up to now on the narration of a Juventus with two faces, which started badly in Italy on the wave of Ronaldo’s farewell but brilliant in Europe, thanks to the hangover of the first leg with the Blues , under the illusion of being able to make another with similar ingredients. The breaking of the continental spell after four victories out of four awakens the Lady by joining in sixth place (eighth for the detached classification) in Serie A, where she has just experienced a success at Lazio home, a second place in the Champions League group that changes a lot compared to the first, with a view to moving forward in the event given who will be in front of the second round: to still hope for primacy, the bianconeri need a better result on the last day with Malmoe than what Chelsea will do at Zenit .
The 21 shots of Chelsea, adding those in the mirror, those outside and those rejected, Juve had not suffered them for three years. He hadn’t conceded four goals against an English team for almost twelve years, 4-1 with Fulham in the Europa League, the Opta figures recall. Losing with a passive of four goals to Juve had not happened for 17 years, 4-0 with Roma in February 2004, that time of Totti’s teasing with the four fingers “and at home”. A defeat with a four-goal gap from the opponent Juve had not known in Europe since March 2000, in the Uefa Cup against Celta Vigo. These are historic numbers in representing “a tragic match”, as Szczesny was able to paint it with great effectiveness in the belly of Stamford Bridge. In the standings, Juve’s season moves but not by a lot, but in the head he risks digging a crater in the construction of a mentality from which to start again.
November 24 – 07:38
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