Match Review Serie A, Serie A

Juventus frustrated as scudetto hopes dashed by result

February 27, 2021 - 9:51 pm

Juventus have dropped more points in their bid to challenge for the scudetto, with Verona earning a 1-1 draw this evening.

The Old Lady came flying out the blocks and could have gone 1-0 up in the opening 90 seconds when Aaron Ramsey tested the goalkeeper, but he managed to direct it out for a corner.

The Welshman was again at the centre of the spotlight a quarter of an hour into the match when he picks up a yellow card for a challenge which he very clearly gets the ball, and alarm bells began to ring.

We continued to play fluid and looked assured as we chased the opening goal, but we were unable to get the breakthrough despite mustering nine shots in the opening 45.

Shortly after the restart however, Ramsey’s fine run saw him play in Federico Chiesa who was sprinting with authority, and the Italian manages to cut back and play across the box to Cristiano Ronaldo in space, and we know he isn’t one to turn down an opportunity to score.

That goal should have seen us build in confidence, and allow us to play without the shackles, but we were struggling to use our possession well enough in the final third.

Verona gained confidence amidst our struggles and started to challenge us, and with 15 minutes remaining their efforts paid off.

We failed to clear the ball on three occasions after Alex Sandro’s attempted throw-in was challenged, and Verona eventually picked up possession to play it wide to the left, and their ball is chipped into the box for Antonin Barak to leap high over Alex Sandro to head home.

We came alive as we went in search of a winner, but we simply were not efficient enough in possession to carve out a clear goalscoring opportunity, and it was another two points dropped on the day.

Will Juventus have to consider giving up the scudetto early?

Patrick

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    Itsme February 27, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    I just honestly hope Pirlo is fired and Ronaldo leaves at the end of the season, freeing up budget for two-three very good players.And get a better coach who can build a project in which we can believe. Pirlo is a joke, this team, with all it’s flaws cannot be below teams like Verona, but it is, and it can only be the coach’s fault. Pirlo has zero experience as coach and it really shows.

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      Bagas February 28, 2021 at 10:13 pm

      dismissal is not the best solution, Pirlo should develop mentality to the team and confidence, especially in midfield. More daring to take risks to play young players with busy schedules and injured seniors.

      I still believe in pirlo
      #FinoAllaFine

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    Bagas February 27, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    from Napoli & Porto defeat the team’s style of play is not good, in terms of passing the ball, and players always make the wrong passes. The midfielder is not calm, it is difficult to open up space when attacking and defending.

    I prefer to see quick passes, do a touch or two.
    If the team always plays like this it will be difficult to catch the points. Inconsistent Rabiot and Ramsey can’t afford to be center generals and why not try playing fagioli from the start or trying to play young players like against SPAL?