Juventus Week in Review: Disappointment in Italy and Europe
After three games played, Manchester City currently sits atop Group A of the Europa League, Lech Poznan comes in at second and Juve sits a lowly third, followed by FC Salzburg, who earned their first point on Thursday after tying Juventus 1-1.
Juve has now played each of the three other teams in Group A once, and, except for a hard fought 0-0 draw with Manchester City, they have not played that well.
They put up three goals against Lech Poznan... but also gave up three, and against Salzburg they failed to meet expectations, drawing 1-1 off the back of a Krasic goal.
Due to their slow start, Juventus now needs to win at least two of their games in order to definitively secure qualification to the knockout rounds. While La Vechia Signora certainly has the ability to defeat Lech and Salzburg, it remains to be seen if they have the consistency.
With a battle against AC Milan looming next Sunday, Juventus were looking to beat Bologna to earn a comfortable spot near the top of the Serie A table, but after drawing with Bologna they now linger in fifth, only three points ahead of 14th place Roma (four teams have 11 points, one has 10 and three have nine).
A win against Milan is a necessity if Juve are to stay amongst the top of Italy, and Juventus has some tough games in November, against teams such as Fiorentina, so it will be difficult to play catch up.
While the loss against Salzburg was disappointing, the tie with Bologna was just less then expected. Bologna's defense would not budge, and they were helped by the Bianconeri strikers' inability to create chances.
Krasic managed to set up a penalty for Iaquinta, who missed, but it was off of a dive and Krasic may now face disciplinary action. Hopefully, he will not be suspended for the Milan game, because as Krasic has proven time and time again, he is the engine of the Juventus offense.
In spite of their forward brothers' inability to create and finish on chances, the midfield performed quite well. Felipe Melo's passing was a highlight, and Aquilani is continuing his image rehab tour. The midfield duo have both been increasing their image; Melo, I think, is finally starting to shine in a Juventus uniform, and Aquilani has been the opposite of his Liverpool self.
The one dark spot in an otherwise sparkling midfield is Claudio Marchisio, but it's not his fault. After his impressive performance against Inter where he nullified the dangerous Maicon, Marchisio has been kept in the left wing, but this has been Delneri's big mistake.
Marchisio is a central midfielder, he's not a winger, and he hasn't been playing well on the left wing either. Hopefully, Delneri will realize his error and fix his ways, as Marchisio is simply too good to be misused.
With another big test against AC Milan coming up, Delneri does not have much time to tinker with his tactics. A win against Milan will finally help to squelch the ugly memories of last season.
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