Indonesia All-Stars vs. Juventus: What Massimiliano Allegri Learned

Adam Digby@@Adz77Featured ColumnistAugust 6, 2014

Indonesia All-Stars vs. Juventus: What Massimiliano Allegri Learned

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    Italian champions Juventus travelled to Jakarta this week to visit Indonesia for the first time, much to the delight of the club’s huge fanbase there. The first match on their Asian tour saw the Bianconeri face off against an All-Star XI from the nation’s domestic league, and the encounter saw many of Juve’s international players back in action.

    Massimiliano Allegri named a strong starting line-up, and he will hopefully have used the occasion to discover what to expect from his new side in the forthcoming campaign. Still relatively new to the role, the coach witnessed much of his squad in action for the first time during Wednesday’s exhibition game, and the experience could prove vital in the months ahead.

    On the following pages is a look at what Allegri will have learned from the 8-1 victory at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. 

The Juventus Squad Is Deeper Than Ever

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    While Allegri fielded a strong side, Juventus kicked off without arguably their best defender, midfielder and striker, with the leading figure from each department absent from the line-up.

    Without Giorgio Chiellini, Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez, each section of the team was missing its leader, and yet the side performed well.

    While it is difficult to read too much into a pre-season friendly, the starting XI still looked strong without those key men, and the reserve players stepped up well.

    Names like Martin Caceres, Claudio Marchisio and Sebastian Giovinco could all be vital squad members in 2014-15. 

The Llorente-Lichtsteiner Link Remains Strong

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    Fernando Llorente netted one of his goals in Jakarta from a Stephan Lichtsteiner assist, their link-up play proving vital for Juventus once again.

    Last term, the Spanish striker netted 16 league goals, while the defender led the Bianconeri with a total of eight assists.

    That six of those were to Llorente shows just how important their partnership became to Antonio Conte’s side, and the Swiss international’s crossing looks set to be a vital weapon under Allegri. 

Juventus Have Attacking Options

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    While Llorente continued his fine scoring form, the match will also serve as a reminder to Allegri that this team has depth in attack.

    Carlos Tevez returned to net Juve's seventh goal on the night, but there was far more on display than just the first-choice duo.

    Sebastian Giovinco scored and won a penalty, while Kingsley Coman netted his first-ever goal for the club in the second half. With Alvaro Morata still to return from injury, it is clear that this version of the Bianconeri will not struggle for goals. 

Indonesian Juventus Fans Are Among the Best in the World

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    While other clubs like Manchester United and Real Madrid may lead world football in terms of global popularity, even those two giant clubs would struggle to match Juve’s fanbase in Indonesia.

    The Gelora Bung Karno Stadium was at its 88,000 capacity, packed full of Bianconeri supporters in full voice.

    The Asian country has waited a long time to see their heroes travel to play a fixture there, and the atmosphere they created will live long in the memory of Allegri and the Juventus players.