No one talks about Juventus as a candidate for the title in Italy anymore. If until a week ago it was believed that Juventus would enter a crazy series of victories and melt the advantage of Napoli, Milan, Inter, defeats from Sassuolo and Verona in three days, removed the Old Lady by as many as 16 points from the first position.
The Bianconeri are no longer known as a team with a granite defense, nor are they adorned with a particularly deadly attack. However, in the Champions League, they have the maximum performance after three rounds and a victory or a point in today's match against Zenit in Turin, guaranteeing Juve the knockout phase.
"That is the first goal we need to fulfill this season. It would be great to secure a place tomorrow and to be able to shift the focus to Serie A earlier, "said Massimiliano Allegri at the press conference before the match with the champion of Russia.
Juventus tied four league victories before the Italian derby with Inter, in which they got a point. When it was supposed to continue the series, maybe to intimidate the teams from the top of the table, the most dominant Italian team from the previous decade stumbled.
"We are disappointed because we spilled what we have been building for a whole month in five days. We have to think and work hard. With all due respect, we conceded 11 of 15 goals from the team at the bottom of the table.
The Italian expert believes that the suffering that Juve is facing is not the result of tactical mistakes. However, the journalists were interested in whether they might give up the formation with three central defenders.
"If that meant that we would not concede more goals, then I would change the system. We have to advance in defense, we must not relax, even when the game seems easy." "The problem is in the approach. You win the title by winning 'normal' games, and we don't do that at the moment.
" This summer, the strategist from Tuscany signed a four-year contract with the club, to which he once won five Italian championship titles, four national cups, and two Champions League finals. Despite the poor results, no one mentions any possibility of Allegri being fired.
"I want to stay at Juventus for a long time. It's not easy to win at Juve ... we wasted a month of work and now the goal is the knockout phase of the Champions League." "After that we will think about Fiorentina. We have to play a great game tomorrow ", concluded the Italian.