Football NewsJuventus in Crisis that Neither Klopp Nor Guardiola Could Salvage
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Juventus has no personality or quality, they make constant defensive mistakes and have nothing in attack not even Guardiola or Klopp could fix.

Tuesday’s Champions League clash by Chelsea was historic for wrong reasons. It was the Old Lady’s biggest European defeat for over 20 years. It’s also their largest-ever loss in Europe’s premier club competition.

A 4-0 drubbing by Celta Vigo in the UEFA Cup fourth round in March 2000 sparked a tactical and psychological change in Turin. Three years later, Juventus were back-to-back champions again.

But the difference between that team and one that limped to a defeat by the same scoreline to Chelsea is that this side simply lacks any player of personality or quality that is capable of bringing glory to the club.

Since Ronaldo’s departure from Juve, it is clear the side needs a new figure up top especially after poor the Old Lady’s spine was in London.

Left-back Alex Sandro teeters over the pitch, loses possession easily, and tries to cut inside on his right which makes little sense and doesn’t benefit the team.

Rodrigo Bentancur and Adrien Rabiot are the Laurel & Hardy of the team and not in a positive way. They are clumsy, undecided and the fear in their eyes is as clear as day. Meanwhile, striker Alvaro Morata is being outscored by center-back Leonardo Bonucci. That just about says it all with the Spaniard, and Juventus fans are not happy with the man tasked with filling the Ronaldo void. 

All four are not good enough to play for the Old Lady, yet they are regulars in the team. Defensive errors like Weston McKennie’s for Chelsea’s fourth goal come about as manager Massimiliano Allegri refuses to drop stars for poor displays. 

Allegri needs to fix his spine but his tactical nous needs looking at too. The Italian coach set up his team with a wall of four central midfielders – McKennie, Manuel Locatelli, Bentancur and Rabiot – in front of his backline. But this structure crumbled in West London.

Going forward, Juve’s attackers are blunt in the final third. In Serie A, the Old Lady has scored just 18 goals all term.