Green Lantern – zero points… no team… Europa League goal?

Now it’s not just about the quality of the game anymore. The alarm rang out for some time, and at the moment, no one has found a way to stop the siren… Juventus, after two Champions League matches, has no points in the standings. We are far from the 10 that Allegri predicted. It is always clear that the old lady has many objective problems, with the exception of heavy absences. Defense does not give guarantees of solidity. Even against Benfica, the fans at the Allianz Stadium (including me) were worried many times. It’s obvious how some players are ‘off limits’. Cuadrado is not calm. You can understand this from the way he tries to dodge at all costs, as if he wants to shout to the world: “Hey, I’m good.” His being good is not in question, but at the moment he’s not the real Cuadrado…and then there’s the young Merretti. Far be it from me to criticize the year 2003. A mistake that deserves the same, of course, by Joao Mario is childish. Actually, let’s talk about a boy. The important thing is not to make the world fall on him… Bremer seems to have lost his initial certainty and Bonucci is, well, Bonucci is still Bonucci but with a few more years.

And we come to Vlahovic. I watched him very carefully and am still convinced that he is still immature in many aspects of the game. When he has to “keep the ball”, he struggles hard, especially if he has an opponent looking to advance at all costs. Often he shoots in vain, and when the partner does not need him, he does not have the right attitude. He claps but obviously would like to bury his partner to get the wrong ball, and in the long run, this could become a problem. Like the fact that when he’s not in the mood for the game, he becomes harmless. Not seeing him kick in goal is frustrating. Of course, when he has Di Maria (he tried against his former team but he preaches in the desert not at the top) and Keisha it will be a different story…everyone says it but in the meantime, he suffers and makes those who watch him play suffer. Someone like this should always be in the midst of the game…
Instead, at the heart of the game (and in the hearts of Juventus) is Milik. So, those who criticized him should apologize utterly. The Polish, who costs the crumbs, is a real striker, one of those who know how to score. He knows how to take advantage of opportunities that come his way in a cynical way, as a real attacker should do. And as if that were not enough, he is also very skilled at catching the ball when there is a need to let the team breathe (in this he can give private lessons to Vlahovic). After taking Milik he was a huge hit in the market …
Applause also to Paredes. Come on, he’s clearly already the brains of the team. He just needs time to understand how to serve Vlahovic at the right times and ways, but the Argentine knows what to do with the ball at his feet. Two positive notes (I don’t add Perin because those who do miracles are already a saint).
What does this challenge leave us with with Benfica? Realizing that Juventus is not a team. In fact, it is a far cry from existence. No partition (except the doorman) is working. Everyone wants to be a hero but no one has the personality to truly be heroes. It was meant to be a reboot game, and instead it turned into another horror movie with Allegri in the center of the poster. What can I say, I could have chosen a better match for my first season back at Allianz Arena, right? Maybe I’ll go back to the European League…