Ronaldo’s departure strips Juventus and shows the extent of the problem

What captain Giorgio Chiellini said from the bench to his old new coach Massimiliano Allegri reflects the situation that Juventus is experiencing at the beginning of the new season of the Lega Calcio, not only for the farewell of the Portuguese champion Cristiano Ronaldo, but also because there is a structural problem in the team that needs to be addressed.

And i media Italians released a video clip of the lost game on Saturday in home away from Juventus against Empoli 0-1 in the second phase of the championship, which shows Allegri talking to Chiellini next to the pitch with his hand over his mouth, and the captain answering the European Cup questsummer was “This is not a team”.

Indeed, what Juventus showed in Saturday’s match in front of almost 17,000 grumpy fans at the “Allianz Stadium” confirms that Allegri’s task at the start of his second adventure with the “old lady” will be very difficult.

Although the season is still in its infancy, from what Juventus presented it is clear that Ronaldo’s farewell to his former team, Manchester United, after three seasons spent in Turin, during which he scored 101 goals in 134 participations with the “Bianconeri” shirt. , the least of Allegri’s concerns because the problem is much deeper and warns the possibility that the team is experiencing a worse season than the previous one when he sold the Scudetto to Inter and waited for the final phase to decide his ticket for the Champions league finishing fourth.

After a promising start led by Federico Chiesa in form, things turned upside down in Saturday’s match after Empoli’s goal in the 21st minute, with Juventus who at the time seemed a weak team and unable to respond, lost in field.

The reaction of the public, with whistles of whistles directed at the team during the halftime and at the end of the match, reflected the state of dissatisfaction with the situation of the team that dreamed of the Champions League, but if the situation continues, restoring the local championship will be his highest ambition.

And the reporter of the site “Calcio Italia”, Lorenzo Bitoni, said that in many saw Ronaldo as a burden for the Turin giant, especially after he failed to take him to the Champions League, and this is only financially true because the Portuguese champion and his skills hid the many flaws of the “Old Lady” team in the past three seasons .

– The lack of an attacking midfielder – And Bettoni saw that Juventus lack an attacking midfielder, even with the hiring of the Sassuolo champion Manuel Locatelli, who Allegri intends to entrust him with a central liberal role in the 3-3-4.

On Saturday, Allegri tried to involve Brazilian full-back Danilo directly in front of the defense line, but questThe latter seemed completely lost, according to Betoni, which makes the former AC Milan manager more determined than ever to bring the Bosnian Miralem Pjanic back to the giant Turin, who abandoned him to Barcelona in the contract with the Brazilian Arthur. .

But to win back Pjanic, Juventus will have to lighten the financial burden by selling some players in midfield.

Welshman Aaron Ramsey may be one of the less influential players on the team, which makes him the most likely to leave, but with an annual salary of € 7 million it will be very difficult for Juventus to find a deal with any team to give him up.

It is true that Allegri has confirmed his adhesion to the young American Weston McKinney, who interests several club English, but what he did in the first 45 minutes of Saturday’s match behind Argentine strikers Paulo Dybala and Chiesa before being replaced in the two – the half break of Spanish striker Alvaro Morata, is not enough to keep his serves.

What is certain is that the midfield is the main problem for Juventus because there is a lack of influential players, and also the return of Pjanic or the contract with the Belgian Axel Witsel, appointed by the media to arrive at the Turin giant in the next few hours, they will not solve the problem, but they will provide some solutions to Allegri.

– Dybala and the burden of compensating for Ronaldo’s farewell – With Ronaldo’s farewell, Dybala will have to raise his level in particular to be able to bear the burden of the score together with Morata, and the one he presented on Saturday showed a great loss of positioning, according to the vision of Betoni, who believed that Chiesa was the only player actually attacking the Empoli goal , but he found himself alone and without any support inarea opponent.

What worries Juventus is that Ronaldo has scored 29 goals in 33 games in the Italian league last season, and despite this, the Turin giant has settled for fourth place after monopolizing the title for nine consecutive seasons, so what will happen in this season without the goal of the best player in the world five times?

It is certain that Juventus did not lose against Empoli due to the departure of Ronaldo, so any team, regardless of its size, risks losing, especially at the beginning of the season, but the indicators based on what the team presented last season the concern of the public, especially in light of the strong competition with the return of Inter and its neighbor Milan to something of their previous level, the continued brilliance of Atalanta and the threat posed by Naples and Rome, which appear to be a competitor significant under the guidance of their new coach, Jose Mourinho.

Ronaldo’s farewell was inevitable, if not now, next season, and Juventus were certainly aware that the purchase of the Portuguese star in summer 2018 from Real Madrid was for a short-term goal (the Champions League) and not to build the future (currently 36 years old).

But with his departure a year before the expiration of the contract, the Portuguese giant has exposed Turin and sowed fear in its fans, who fear that the team will suffer what its opponents Inter and Milan, who have been missing on the podium since 2010 and 2011. . , respectively, before the former managed to return to it last season by closing the championship directly in front of the neighbor.

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