After a year of many problems both on and off the field, resulting in the club being deducted points from the Serie A rankings as well as being banned from participating in European competitions, Juventus has somewhat regained its footing. inherent position with impressive performance since the beginning of the 2023/2024 season. They won 9, drew 2 and lost only 1 match.
Although it was not possible to spend too much money to bring in quality recruits last summer due to financial reasons, coach Max Allegri and his students still know how to overcome difficulties. After 12 rounds, the “Old Lady” is currently ranked second on the rankings, 2 points behind Inter Milan. An extremely remarkable achievement.
It was thought that things would go smoother for Juventus, but bad luck has not stopped following the Turin team. Since the beginning of the season, they lost two important pillars for reasons related to each player’s personal life. This is difficult for the club to control.
First is Paul Pogba. The French player’s contributions to Juventus since he returned to represent Serie A have been continuously interrupted by injury. But when he returned, the former Manchester United midfielder almost immediately “reported” to coach Max Allegri and the board of directors.
The star born in 1993, although he did not play a minute in the match between Juventus and Udinese on August 20, was still taken for an unexpected doping test. As a result, he tested positive for testosterone, a hormone that stimulates muscle growth and is on the list of banned substances used in sports.
Paul Pogba’s career at Juventus seems to be over. Not stopping there, not long after, it was the turn of promising young talent Nicolo Fagioli to be “prosecuted” by the police for his involvement in illegal betting. He was suspended for 7 months and fined 12,500 euros. Disasters continue to strike, leaving Juventus fans to only lament.
Last week, the Italian strategist received two more sick soldiers, Manuel Locatelli and Fabio Miretti. Both were returned to the club after joining the Italian national team and the U21 team. It is unknown whether they will have enough physical strength to play in the life-or-death confrontation with Inter Milan at dawn next Monday.
Coach Max Allegri needs to find a solution for the important match ahead. Juventus are still actively active in the transfer market but that is a story of January. If they fail, the gap will increase to 5 points, which will make his calculations more difficult in this section. remainder of the season.
Huy Truong | 14:59 November 21, 2023