Well, you even thought that things would get even a little better Juventus While facing the team at the bottom of the Serie A table, I think the joke was on you then.
Because that wasn’t him.
That was before Angel Di Maria was fired. This was certainly the case in the aftermath of Di Maria’s direct card which may have been too harsh. Regardless of whether it was 11 men or 10 men at the Juventus Stadium on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Monza, things looked as crazy and uninspiring as they had been for weeks now. Facing the team at the bottom of the table that had the worst attack and worst defense in Serie A, Juventus couldn’t do anything right. The result was a 1-0 loss to Monza, and the club owned by Mr. Bonga Bonga gave themselves their first-ever Serie A win, once again sending Juventus players into the corner to face the whistles and perhaps a fair amount of obscenities.
Hell, even Landucci’s somewhat ironic influence could save Juve this time around.
It just shows how far this club has fallen during the first month of the 2022-23 season. Juventus suffered their first league loss on Sunday, and with the way they play it may come as a surprise that it takes even the seventh game of the league for that to happen. The team that was Max Allegri – who was In the stands he makes his usual retro faces All the game long – the technical department has now won only two of its first nine matches in all competitions.
At other clubs, a run like this will likely get you fired and there won’t be a second guess as to what’s about to go down. But when it comes to Allegri’s situation, you don’t know it because the Juventus front office has not given you any kind of indication that there is some kind of change coming in the near future. (Unless you take part in the vote of confidence that Maurizio Arrivabene granted to Allegri before the match, in reality the opposite as we have seen with the managers before.)
The special thing about this game is that despite all those injuries (and there were a lot of them!), you were hoping to get some kind of response after the defeat which was the midweek loss to Benfica. as anything. Instead, except perhaps for a few guys, everyone was just as bad as they were on Wednesday night. Nothing noticeable going forward, there were moments when Monza completely dominated play – they finished 60 percent of possession! Monza! A lot of Juventus’ starting line-up looked mentally deprived.
I don’t know if this is true. But, from afar, that’s how it looked.
This team looks exhausted. They looked mentally fried. Too bad to say about any team in any part of the season. But it’s especially bad to talk about a team when they’ve played seven games in the new league season. And when you consider that it’s about to be a hell of a schedule when they come back from the international hiatus, it’s not like things are ever going to get any easier.
What do I know, though, right? I was told that these things happen in football.
Random thoughts and notes
- If you’re anything like me and your interests with Juventus go back to the season in Serie B, you remember seeing Rafael Palladino as one of the young names Juventus turned to that year. Well, guess who he felt was currently older than him when Palladino came out of the tunnel to take his place as coach of Monza for the first time.
- By the way, Palladino does not look very old. What a nail.
- A picture that sums things up very well:
- This should be the final nail in Max Allegri 2.0’s coffin, right? I mean, dropping points this season against the likes of Sampdoria, clearly struggling Fiorentina, and now Monza, and doing it the way Juve did, it can’t be anywhere near something to say ‘yes, this guy deserves to keep his job’. This does not even take into account what happened in Champions League!
- To sum it all up: Max must go. This team seems mentally choppy… and it’s mid-September.
- Put this under “Tweets from earlier this season that are still valid”:
Really glad I got up at 6 in the morning for this.
Black and white and read everywhere (JuventusNation) September 3, 2022
- This was the final “I am a Juventus player on loan and I will show it to the club that loaned me” type of Nicolo Rovella. He was very good against Juventus, and that’s not just because Juventus’ midfield was so bad in this match. He also celebrated Monza’s goal as if he had scored the goal himself – which, frankly, is perfectly fine for me because the kid has the kind of intensity you wish more Juve players would play with.
- Rovella completed 95 passes against Juventus.
- Juventus’ three key midfielders – Fabio Meretti, Leandro Paredes and Weston McKinney – engaged in 100 passes. sum.
- Juventus hit two shots on goal.
- against Monza.
- Who entered Sunday with the worst defense in the Italian Serie A.
- You know things are bad when Mattia De Sciglio completes a high set of the team’s key passes. Mattia De Sciglio, folks – the opposite of the attacking full-back.
- The second of those shots on target was a header from Moise Kean from close range. The goalkeeper was right. Any other direction is lower left or right and may score a goal. This is Moise Kean’s return to Juventus in a nutshell. Besides all the twists and bad first touches of course.
- I don’t care who’s available at this point, when you can’t do anything against a team that’s been off to one of the worst starts to the Serie A season in years, and then you have to reevaluate what the hell you’re doing and look at all the options. Like, what are we doing here.
- Oh, I forgot – this is all part of the Juventus project. Forgive me everyone.
- Federico Gatti’s ball watching Monza’s goal…not great.
- Dusan Vlahovic has basically been forced to look for penalties because nothing else is going right for him going forward… Not great either.
- Although, Vlahovic’s delay in Juventus’ superb counter-attack in the second half was really good. Juve’s decision on the next 3v2 opportunity was not good at all.
- This was a game where the field mics were hot and picking up a lot of what the fans sitting near them were saying the whole time. “ALLEGRI!!!VAFFANCULLO!!!!” Just before the break was the signature/chef kiss moment, and based on what BWRAO Twitter mentions, not only had a lot of people heard it, but a lot of people were totally in agreement with it.
- For all the people who thought things couldn’t get much worse than what happened against Benfica… it happened. The rock bottom may be here, but Juventus prove that there is still room before it gets to the real bottom.
- Juventus played 5-3-1 for most of the period after Di Maria was sent off. Yes, 5-3-1 against Monza – the team that scored three goals in the first six games of the season. Sometimes even the most staunch supporter of Allegri can’t explain these things.
- I have to love playing in the last five minutes of Matthias Sole and Niccol Fagioli – a classic kind of Juventus move that brings young kids to try and find some kind of magic late in the game without them having any kind of rhythm. All.
- This is bad. I know this isn’t any kind of special insight you might expect from this blog, but that’s how I really feel about all that’s going on. Juventus may have a new manager soon. They may not have a new manager soon. I have no idea what will happen. But who knows if the new manager can at least fix this in the short term because the problems with this team are so deep at this point that it will take some time to completely get out of any problem.
- All I know I’m bad and that there’s no real end in sight may be the worst part of all of this.