The Pole decisive from the spot on Veretout: no one like him in Serie A in the calendar year. It is his decisive signature in Juventus’ third straight game with no goals conceded which has extended the winning streak to five wins in a row
The newfound defensive unbeatenness is the natural habitat for the return of the short nose, because the third consecutive clue (1-0 wins) is now a test. Juve had been missing four wins in a row in the league since July 2020, skipping the Pirlo era to return to Sarri’s year. Including the Champions League, Juve’s streak of victories in a row is extended to five, further validated by the evidence that the last three successes have all arrived for one to zero. One, the goal that is enough to win, to zero, and the clean sheet is news – certainly a turnaround – for a Lady who between the management of Pirlo and Allegri has reached 20 closed games in a row with at least one goal conceded.
The solidity given by the defensive couple has something to do with strength, this time Bonucci-Chiellini decisive also with the spikes, the detours, the half plays, the bodies on, the timing and the position, all the specialties of the house. But De Ligt also entered the series as a protagonist – with Chelsea and in the derby, this time stopped by a muscle problem. And there was no more democratic way to divide these three games: they played two each, all on board. The coverage given by Locatelli in front of the defense, the balance always guaranteed by Danilo full-back added, plus the work of the wing players and the amount of work in the phase of non-possession even of those in front, also has something to do with it.
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But it also has to do with the great return of Tek Szczesny at his best. Because Juve had been looking for such solidity from the beginning of the season, undermined by individual mistakes: for the Polish goalkeeper, in a role in which you play without a goal and messes become decisive, after the double blunder with Udinese and that with Naples has arrived the grill, with the underlying flavor of Donnarumma’s failure to arrive for having renewed trust in him. Too bad to be true, slowly Szczesny arrived, starting from the little things. But coming to the big ones. Like the great save on Mancini already after six minutes. Like the penalty saved on Veretout who closed the shutter at the end of the first half, against the team that brought him to Italy.
Net of the moment, Tek obviously feels at ease from the spot if he is the goalkeeper who has saved the most penalties in A in 2021, three out of seven, as noted by Opta, hypnotizing Kessie in May and first Galabinov in March, in what coincidentally, the last clean sheet remained for seven months. But the taximeter of penalties in the calendar year rises to five for the Pole, adding that on Lorenzo Insigne in the January Super Cup with Napoli and then that on Gerard Moreno in the European Championship against Spain. “His mistakes had come all together, now he has found continuity of performance: Szczesny has given us back his value”, said at the end of the games Max Allegri, who knows that penalty. And for this in the summer he insisted on the Pole.
October 18, 2021 (change October 18, 2021 | 07:08)
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