Serie A season review, Juventus: Allegri’s disappointing return

by | May 23, 2022 14:31

Position: 4
Points: 70
Comparison with previous season: – 8 (4th)

Season overview

The 2021-2022 season has been Juve’s most disappointing in over a decade. With no trophies, consistently disappointing performances and another embarrassing Champions League exit, the only consolation for the Bianconeri has been securing the fourth spot. The return of Max Allegri was widely regarded as an appointment that would provide The Old Lady with much-needed stability and an opportunity to return to their former winning ways. Instead, what materialised was quite the opposite, leaving many fans increasingly concerned with the immediate future of the team and the route Mister Allegri is taking them down. A big summer and season lie ahead for the former Serie A champions.

Turning point of the season

The signing of Dusan Vlahovic in January was certainly significant, his arrival created a buzz around the club and his presence on the pitch was a welcome boost for everyone. His goals were crucial in guiding Juve to a top-four finish and despite a distinct lack of service, he provided some of what Juve lost when Cristiano Ronaldo departed last summer. It was a real coup to secure the Serb’s services in January and the Turin giants will be hoping he can fire them back to the top of the table in the coming years.

The coach – Massimiliano Allegri

Max Allegri has divided fans this season. Some are adamant he will get it right and the on-pitch issues are primarily because of player quality. However, it is impossible to ignore the problems the Tuscan tactician has created this term. Above all is the regressive mentality he imposes on the team: negative approach, a distinct lack of authority against any opponent and a playing style that has no fluidity. No one was expecting miracles, but achieving the top four in the way they have whilst losing two cup finals cannot be deemed as anything like a success. It is time for Max to prove the doubters wrong.

Player of the Year – Matthijs de Ligt

There are no obvious candidates for Juve’s player of the year. Individual performances have been unpredictable with little to no consistency from anyone across the campaign. Notable mentions here would be players such as Woj Szczesny, Manuel Locatelli and Juan Cuadrado. However, there is arguably only one player it could be and that is Matthijs de Ligt. The Dutchman is now the pillar of this team and in what appears to be an ever-changing backline, de Ligt is the only reliable presence. Juventus will hope he isn’t tempted by a summer move, creating further disruption in a position they already need to reinforce.

Disappointing player of the year – Arthur

There are numerous candidates in this category. It could be any of Alex Sandro, Daniele Rugani, Federico Bernardeschi, Aaron Ramsey or Moise Kean, but it is Arthur who takes the title. The Brazilian midfield player has been unable to make any significant impact over the last two years. Some fans will point to the lack of opportunities – part of that is down to his own fitness issues – but at some point, you have to question the player himself and his desire to be the protagonist, that one who can make a difference. In a position Juve desperately need his technical qualities, the former Barcelona player has rarely shown glimpses of what he is capable of.

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4 Comments

  1. MAX DINO ZERO FOOTBALL 🦕

    Zeru tituli is something strange for Juventus, but Agnelli should take the blame after letting Marotta go.

    On top of this, for hiring incompetent staff at the club.

    Paratici`s damage is still here, let`s see what the cigarettes salesguy can do in football.

    Lord 🦕 Allegri has nothing to do with this, just give him a competent squad and he might win again.

  2. I MISS PARATICI

    Leave serial champion Allegri out of this please, he is not to blame for having to manage this squad!

    Look at Milan – even Pioli can win Scudetti if you have a director like Maldini.

    Lord Allegri has a long contract and will calmly take care of the transition period to banter era.

  3. facciatosta

    The disappointing player was no doubt Dybala. What is the point of having disappointment over players with little expectations? Dybala has talent but lacks desire. Why he never reached his full potential and not a catalyst for Juve. Even during his last few months when he should have been showing himself for future prospects, he was a dud. As for Allegri, he did well with the minestrone of a roster he had at his disposal.

  4. LORD ALLEGRI PATRON SAINT OF SLOW BALL

    Disappointing my butt. This was chapter 1 in the reverse “Feng Shui” safety back, back, down, down. PhD Max is teasing us and Chapter 2 will see the return of the Jedi 1Mbps Tika Taka back, back, down, down. Chapter 3 and Juve will be in full force, the back, back, down, down strikes back. There will be no 4th Chapter. The Grandmeister of 2 CL final runners up wins, is going to rewarded with the Fergie lifetime deal. Never say never. Look at what happened to Milan and 11 years in the wilderness. Look at Inter, the same thing. Liverpool went 30 years without winning the EPL and Man Utd are in the wastelands. PhD Max is taking them into the far never regions of the universe and Pirlo was shafted plain and simple.

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