Juventus were once the undisputed kings of Italy. The Old lady’s downfall off the cliff was never expected. Max Allegri came at a time when the club was at its lowest. And so far, there has not been any difference in the way the team is playing and the results. They sit so far from the top of Serie A’s table and have had too many embarrassing losses in such a short amount of time. Much has been blamed on the management who let players like Paulo Dybala leave for free this season. Also, The Bianconeri also lost De Ligt to Bayern Munich, though Bremer has exceeded expectations so far.
Juventus have not done much in the Champions League either. They sit at the bottom of the group after defeats against PSG and Benfica in the opening matchdays. Newly promoted side Monza also surprised the Italian giants after beating them 1-0. The performance from Juve, was in every word, atrocious and awful. Max Allegri has not found a way to work with the squad. An international break might just prove to be a blessing for them as it really looks like the players need a breather. New signing Paul Pogba was injured in training and will miss most games this year.
You cannot argue but think that the return of Max Allegri has been pretty disappointing, given his historic record with the Bianconeri. After 2 seasons of losing Serie A to Milan sides, the club was looking to make a comeback. The start has not been good for them which has posed questions on individual players. The likes of Bonucci and Cuadrado now look to be a liability in the backline with age catching up to them. The average age of the squad is too much to ignore and this highlights the need for young and fresh blood. However, the management was poor in taking such decisions which have mostly backfired.
Alex Sandro a doubt for next season
One of the best left-backs at one point of time in the world, Alex Sandro is now just another name. The Brazilian is on a long period of decline while he still earns a lot at Juventus. The math does not look good as the club feels if players perform well, then only will they earn well. Meanwhile the 31-year-old will be playing for Brazil in Qatar. His club’s future is high up in the air as the club will look to extend it on their conditions.
On his contract situation, Sandro said,”It’s the only contract that I have, but I can’t renew myself. I would like to extend my stay, but it depends on the club’s directors.” This would be more logical for Juve only if Sandro accepts a much lower wage. But the club feels it is time to move on from him and find a young left-back for the future.
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