Mano Grab Bag: Rare…? – Black and white and read everywhere

The only literal reason to keep watching Juventus Recently because I have to write for this blog here.

I don’t want to follow their matches anymore, nor do I particularly want to listen to the game when the matches are early on Sunday morning like the last game against newly promoted Monza this weekend. And even more so when I know I won’t find any pleasure in watching the match.

Play a free downloadable game in which you control a full face of unknown characters to browse a crazy version of the show “Wipeout!” For 15 minutes during the first half she gave me more dopamine than the last five hundred minutes of the Juventus match.

So, for sure, Juventus plunged to a new low last weekend by losing to Monza 1-0, giving the Serie A newcomers their first-ever victory in Serie A. At this point, did it really shock you?

Let’s cook.

LVP: Angel Di Maria

That award could have gone to half the team, but let’s give it to the man who sealed a pretty poor result in the first half by getting a red card.

Di Maria was as disjointed, ineffective and – apparently – vetted as any other player lining up for Juventus on Sunday, but his red card was just another sign of what seemed more and more like an absolute train wreck for one season. Bianconeri.

One of the main advantages of signing a man of Di Maria’s stature and career was the veteran prowess that the Argentine would bring to the team in the renewal process. This is the man who has won almost everything to win at club and national team level and has played more big matches than almost any player on the Juventus squad. We publicly predicted that he would be a mentor to Matthias Sole and the other young, young players that Juventus have.

To sum up, this is the guy you wouldn’t expect to throw up his neglected elbows and get a red card in the first half.

But that’s what the club is at the moment. Seeing veterans make the mistakes of rookies is just another thing that seems to be on the deck for a Juventus team that can’t help doing the wrong thing at every turn.

Grab Bag MVP Season Leader: Dusan Vlahovic (6 points)

driving vacuum

There are many problems the club is currently experiencing, but the one that is most apparent is the lack of leadership inside the dressing room.

We saw it when a single mistake destabilized the entire team against Salernitana. And again when hosting Benfica because they lost control of the game and couldn’t get it back.

Sure, Leo Bonucci is this team’s captain on paper, but outside of some weird strongman who appears in a Benfica match and forces the team to endure a masochistic exercise in public abuse by fans, is he really the man the team looks forward to in prime time?

(Can we talk about these two moments of self-abuse? What’s the point of that other than to provide fans with some sense of catharsis? Which I guess is nothing, but what does the team get from that? Weird all around.)

Back in 2015, when Juventus started to forget that twelfth place in the 10th round of the Tour, there were countless leaders who sparked that comeback in many ways. In words, sure, but also with a high level of playing on the field. Gianluigi Buffons and Giorgio Chiellinis are gone in this locker room. The players who are all about the captaincy these days do so mostly out of seniority at the club, and while we don’t know exactly what’s going on in the locker room, it’s undeniable that this team is very vulnerable to falling in the middle. From games with no way to go back to them.

Some of that is on the coach’s shoulders, sure, but the players also have to start taking some accountability for the mess the club finds itself in. And a few minutes of public parking will go that far.

meaningless project

Two years ago, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, my native Mexico – like the entire world – was struggling to curve the effects of the deadly disease.

Part of the Mexican government’s strategy was to implement a formula to calculate the infection curve. The details of the formula were always muddy at best, but in essence it was a number that would let people know whether or not we were in a crisis phase in terms of hospital occupation. The test kits were nearly impossible to get and the government didn’t have the money or interest to buy them, so the formula was all we had.

The Minister of Health at the time was jumping on the morning TV screen every day telling us how sure we were fine and how we hadn’t reached the crisis point. However, one look at social media or any other media might have a story about hospitals being overcrowded, people turning away, oxygen tanks running short, and even morgues overrun.

The whole time the government has been assuring us that everything is under control because the formula says we are all fine. Defenders of the stupid formula will say again and again: “Hey! There is a way! If she says everything is fine, then everything is fine!”

And maybe that thing did make sense at some point, but once it becomes crystal clear that the reality is different from what the formula is getting rid of, you have to change it because the results don’t make sense at that point.

Surely that current thing with Max Allegri and Juventus is starting to feel the same. You can say whatever you want to have a project, but what if that project is smashed and burnt out? What if it is clear that the project is not giving the right results?

Do you just stick to the plan even if every other evidence indicates it’s not working? just for”project“Are you making a change just for the sake of change? I don’t pretend to have all the answers or know exactly what the team should do.

I’m sure Allegri and his crew legitimately believe they can change the situation. They may still have allies in the front office. And who knows, it’s a long season, stranger things have happened and maybe the financial fallout is so bad that they just have to bite the bullet and stick it.

Whatever happens, it is clear at this point that the project is not working. No matter how many words they use to decorate it, everyone can clearly see it.

parting shot of the week

The good news about this match is that it is the last match we have to see from Juventus in a while, with Bianconeri Back until October 2 against Bologna.

International breaks are usually boring, but given that Juventus currently can’t do anything right, the timing may not have been so bad. And, if the team decides to make a change, what better moment than a two-week break, huh?

See you in October.