Following an utter dominance in the Serie A, Juventus took it a step further by spanking dark horses, AS Monaco 0-2 at the Stade Louis II in France courtesy of well taken goals by £76 million striker Gonzalo Higuain – a probable date with Real Madrid in Wales is on the horizon?
I will be taking a look at how the Italian gaffer, Max Allegri took Juventus from ‘local Champions’ to European elite in a short time.
July 16th, 2014, Juventus board and President Andrea Agnelli took a leap of faith in appointing Allegri after surprisingly thwarting relationship with Antonio Conte who has initially won a hat-trick of Scudetti, notched a Serie A high of 102 points but the frenzy coach (now in Chelsea) never really took Europe by storm only making the Quarter final in Champions League in 12/13 season and crashing out in the Europa League 12 months later. Agnelli wanted and needed to correct this, Allegri himself wasn’t a different bloke in Europe even though he had won a scudetto and Italian cup with the Rossoneri but the Old Lady saw something different which I thought Fabio Capello – which himself won the league in Italy rightly put out saying “Allegri’s ability to grind and adapt to opponents and injuries or even suspensions is on of his strongest points”. A vintage example was his quirky switch from a back four to a back three in the first leg against Barcelona to a back four in the second leg and back to a three yesterday against Monaco and still stopped this Antithesis who had previously scored 95 goals in 34 Ligue one games.
The cusp of it is how the players have endeared to his system game after game without flinching, building his team on defensive solidity and stability – a very rare happening.
If the Juve board is doing a perspicacious job of making shrewd businesses in the transfer window over periods when players like Andrea Pirlo, Hernanes, Paul Pogba, for a world record fee and losing Alvaro Morata to Manchester United and Real Madrid last summer ; they have successfully replaced them carefully and intelligently without being desultory – Allegri hasn’t moaned about the continuous exit of key players but in a faute de mieux attitude has continued to churn out the best from his team and has produced a cadence in the team over time. Diego Alves who came on a free has been a willing horse at RB / RWB for most part this season, not to forget his superb assists for Higuain’s brace – his ninth of the season and 31 goals in all competitions, Dybala consistently showing his wonder-kid qualities along.
Popular Football pundit, Biola Kazeem (@biolakazeem) took to Social Media in appraisal of how Juve has transitioned over time and still make something worthy off it. “Best teams in the world at squad building are Juventus and Bayern. They manage to build & maintain squads intelligently”. Can’t say it any better.
In our preview of the Serie A season here at Halftimeng.com; we were quite clear on what Juve’s focus would be this season asides from consolidating the domestic dominance Read Here
It is arguable that Allegri is no different from Conte (some Chelsea Fans have already predicted that their team will play like this next season) and even go as far as disparagement but it is important to aver and not adumbrate that the former has moved Juventus a step high.