Re: Serie A 2019-20
Posted: 2020 06 25 8:40 am
Aš mielai šių metų titulą Atalantai atiduočiau, na kaip jie gražiai žaidžia... Nuostabu!
cia puikus komentaras apie esama juves situacija..First things first, the handball equals penalty VAR rule has to be re-thought!
A Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde performance that could be the result of a tired Atalanta team. The amount of support sarri gets has been declining for many games now, and I want to use this game to highlight my concerns.
We have talked a lot about sarriball and shoehorning a tactic. Today was another spectacle of nonsense from a tactical point of view, which my coming points will highlight. However, the performance and attitude today left an impression on me as would sarri have prepared the team to settle for a draw. Either that or the heat really played a role.
This topic was discussed after the Milan game and this game provided another example. Whether it is passes or markings then there is a clear lack of understanding. The best example was in first half where Cuadrado plays Rabiot, who plays it back, this is happening on our right side and when Cuadrado looks up Rabiot, Dybala and Bernardeschi are all standing next to each other hugging the side line. In no professional game should this happen, thinking about how much tactical preparation these lads go through and I can but wonder if this is the fault of sarri, the players or a both. The substitutions only further my case as Ramsey couldn't hit a pass and Costa was allover the pitch instead of fulfilling his role. Defensively, Ronaldo and Dybala don't participate much, but even then as little as 4-5 Atalanta players managed to outplay our defence with ease. There were many other situations, especially when one player decided to lock down the defence. Often he would look back only to see that nobody really followed. The problem is that this leads to frustration which we see more of than praise.
If any team sport trust goes a long way. To me it is the reason that Matuidi and Mandzukic (in the past) has performed well, as they were trusted to deliver exactly what they can. No more and no less. In our current team there is no trust and today we saw it in the massive neglect of our left side. Had Atalanta man-marked Dybala and closed down our right side then we would not have stood a chance. The lack of trust makes players in possession warm the ball, which puts themselves and others under to much pressure when they finally do pass. Furthermore, it makes players less likely to support each other as the doubt is there the whole time.
Watch our players run half-hearted around is what irritates me the most. Rabiot, who apparently showed his real talent against Milan (or was it a fluke), looks like Khedira's understudy. Danilo, maybe due to the neglect mentioned above, seems misplaced and careless in his general play. Ronaldo will be Ronaldo, but look at the tension among the front three and you quickly see that they are not in the same boat. Worst of all is however Bonucci. I can for the love of Juventus not like the man, his ever so old trick of turn-my-back on shoots and just in general show an absolute lack of leadership. I felt that the first goal was his fault, as he could, I think should, have covered closer to De Ligt who was dragged out of position (sidenote, I know that Bentancur should have marked better, but Bonucci should be present instead of hiding). The lack of passion, spirit, grinta or whatever you might call it is the reason that we collapse against Milan and need two penalties to draw today. It is what drains my energy as a whole-hearted supporter.
Bonucci is by no means at fault, for he is not a natural leader. Just like putting the Captain armband on Dybala makes little sense. We need a respected and experienced person, somebody who regardless of his position can drag the team up, who can get people fired up and give people a good yelling at when needed. In our team there are none, besides Buffon and maybe Chiellini. If you want to mention Ronaldo, then yes, he is a possibility, but doesn't bring much more than Bonucci. We all know that good captains can do much more, be the extended arm of a manager, be the inspiration to a team, show the way etc. our team is missing all these qualities atm.
Last but not least our tactic. I have mentioned it before, but I question what our plan actually is when in possession. Long balls to Dybala who is surrounded by 6-7 defenders? None of our starting front three thrives in the box, so little that at many occasions in first half I counted 7-9 Atalanta players closer to their goal than the most advanced Juventus player. The left side is underused/neglected, as Ronaldo drifts in and Matuidi is left to do magic with Danilo. Bentancur is the deeplying playmaker, but at the same time we have Bonucci who can do the ball player part and Rabiot stays deep as well. Every second pass is played to Dybala with the expectation of him to distribute, but to whom? Atalanta showed with Gomez that a fake nine/roaming midfield can work great if played to his strength, but that is when the tactic is made to fit the players. I can go on, but if you watched the game you probably share my frustrations and If you read most reviews here on this site then I know that you do.
With all that said, then I can hardly blame the players as the arrow has and still does point at sarri.