Juventus Struggling to Finish Off Opponents: 5 Concerns About The Old Lady
Juventus threw away another two points with Genoa scoring a late equalizer in Turin to force a 2-2 draw on Saturday. The Juve supporters must be disappointed with the club’s inability to display a killer instinct in finishing off weaker opponents. The Bianconeri also wasted a number of opportunities highlighting the lack of scoring touch despite the presence a plethora of attacking options such as Fabio Quagliarella (did not play versus Genoa), Alessandro Matri (scorer of both of Juve’s goals versus Genoa), Alessandro Del Piero (a late substitute) and Mirko Vučinić (played but again failed to score).
Despite having the best record amongst Italy’s traditional powers during the early portion of the season, the Bianconeri have shown weaknesses which will likely come back to hurt the club’s chances of achieving glory if they are not addressed. Below is a list of the main concerns for Juve:
1) The Shuffling of the defensive line: Coach Antonio Conte has moved Giorgio Chiellini, who is Juve’s best defender, to the left-back position further weakening a susceptible backline. Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli have not fully convinced since joining Juve and having both start at the same time could pose problems (see previous article which covers a bit Juve’s left-back issues for more details)
2) The lack of a killer instinct: The Bianconeri continue to find it hard to score goals when needed. Against Milan, the match could have ended in a 0-0 draw if not for Claudio Marchisio’s late brace (see Juve’s lack of killer instinct)
3) Milos Krasic: Coach Conte has not used Krasic often but when he did give the Serbian winger the chance to impress, Krasic failed to deliver. Krasic is having a tough start to the season in contract to his strong showing early in the 2010-11 season when he first joined Juve. The Bianconeri cannot afford to have a player such as Krasic underperforming and perhaps this could signal the end of his Juve career unless the winger, with Conte’s help, can get back to form.
4) New Signings need time to settle: Vučinić is only one of several players who have joined the Bianconeri this summer and some have yet to play more than a match for Juve. One such player is Dutchman Eljero Elia who has featured only once and is taking time to adjust to life in Italy as well as the style of play in Serie A.