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Opinion: Three takeaways from Juve’s uninspiring home win over Venezia

May 1, 2022 - 11:00 pm

For a slight period of time, one would think he was watching a replay from reverse fixture. Yes, the timing and location were different, but the outcome was almost the same. Juventus took the lead in the first half following an early onslaught before leaving the initiative to Venezia who clawed back to the match with a fabulous equalizer from Mattia Aramu.

It all felt like a déjà vu, but thankfully, Leonardo Bonucci sealed the win with his personal second on his 35th birthday to put the Old Lady on the cusp of Champions League qualification.

So here are our three takeaways from the Bianconeri’s uninspiring display on Sunday’s early kickoff.

Convincing Debut

Let’s begin with the positives, shall we? After being teased for several months, we finally witnessed the full debut of Fabio Miretti, and it was all that was promised, and perhaps a bit more.

The midfielder is only 18 years of age, but you wouldn’t tell it on the back of a composed and confident display. The teenager displayed maturity well-beyond his age, while also showcasing his ability on the ball with some direct and vertical passing.

More, please!

Worrying Signs?

Now to the less exciting observation: Dusan Vlahovic has looked out of sorts recently. Even when he scored against Verona and Cagliari, his performances lacked the sharpness witnessed during his time at Fiorentina and his earlier outings at Juventus.

So should we be worried about the form of our big January signing?

Well, the man has been barely given any rest this season. And sometimes, we tend to forget that a new player (especially a young one) requires a certain adjusting period, regardless of his price tag.

The bomber will probably restore his full powers after a well-deserved summer vacation and a first pre-season in Turin.

Leo’s Great Importance

While Bonucci might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s time to recognize his great service to the cause after taking the team off the hook with a personal brace. Plus, it’s his birthday. So whatever resentful feelings you might have towards him, it can wait for another day.

But on a serious note, the veteran defender once again proved that Juventus still need the old guard (or whatever is left of it) to grind results at times when the team is unable to produce convincing displays.

The 35-year-old showcased all his grit and determination on the second goal, when he pounced on a goalmouth scramble to put the ball over the line (similar to his equalizer in the Euro 2020 final).

So with Giorgio Chiellini potentially leaving at the end of the season, Leo’s presence becomes more paramount than ever.

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    JuveFella May 2, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Another takeaway!
    It’s official.
    Season 1 without Ronaldo & we have already qualified for the UCL
    = Juve has done better without Ronaldo!

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      martinn May 2, 2022 at 12:51 am

      yes this is agreed.

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        Anonymous May 2, 2022 at 4:53 am

        With Ronaldo, we won Supercoppa and Coppa Italia, plus qualified for UCL. This season we might only qualify for UCL. Don’t get what grudge you hold against Ronaldo. It’s not like he was the only one responsible.

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          JuveFella May 2, 2022 at 8:19 am

          Uhm, with Ronaldo we weren’t in Top 4, then he was benched for that crucial last match we needed to win & did, with a Ronaldo benched for the entire match.

          = this has nothing to do with a grudge, it’s just a fact.
          Juve is better without Ronaldo!

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    martinn May 2, 2022 at 12:54 am

    vlahovic is losing confidence weekly, he has no supply and his shooting is deteriorating. even if you use the adapt to bigger club argument, we hope he has a rest and gets his mind into it. no reason for allegri not to stuff our team with second and third choice youngsters for games that don`t matter before the coppa final

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      MyOp May 2, 2022 at 12:21 pm

      I don’t think it’s confidence, I think it’s frustration. When you look at the stats, there’s not one midfielder from Juve on the radar for assists. What Vlahovic needs touches and he’s not getting them. Maybe the new kid, Miretti, can help if they click and understand each other’s games.