On Thursday, Juventus recorded their fifth victory in a row while keeping a clean sheet when they visited Verona for their penultimate game of 2022.
While it was neither pretty nor impressive, this win will certainly do the trick as the Bianconeri now sit fourth in the table and will have a chance of overtaking Lazio for third place when they host Maurizio Sarri’s side on Sunday.
The hosts threatened Mattia Perin’s goal on several occasions, but his lackluster finishing brought the Bianconeri off the hook, and Moise Kean snatched the all-important winner with a deflected effort, and for once, VAR testified in our favour, saving us. of two possible punctual kicks.
So here are our three takeaways from Juve’s tight but vital win at the Bentegodi Stadium.
one is enough
In recent weeks, Fabio Miretti has been operating as an attacking midfielder behind the lone striker.
While the teenager is very hot and cold these days, having an extra man in the middle of the park is still more useful than pushing two center forwards struggling to co-exist up front.
Yes, Milik and Kean cooperated with each other on goal, but this association remains awkward, and it certainly didn’t benefit the team’s overall performance, which was lackluster to say the least; the same can be said when either pairs up with Dusan Vlahovic.
So, since we no longer have a true number 10 like Paulo Dybala, placing a striker should be enough.
These days, the presence of Leonardo Bonucci on the pitch has become a cause for concern for the Juventus fan.
The captain earned a booking early on when he decided to block his opponent’s run rather than follow, which has become his new signature move, almost giving away a shot from the spot with a dangerous clearance.
At this point, fielding the inexperienced Federico Gatti or the uninspiring Daniele Rugani would probably be a safer option than relying on the shrinking pattern.
Although his scoring streak came to an end, Nicolò Fagioli continued his impressive run with another fabulous performance.
The 21-year-old is visibly growing in confidence as he continues to cement himself as a regular starter, and even his teammates are now turning to him more and more with their passes.
This may sound like a premature statement, but Fagioli is arguably the most skilful midfielder we’ve had since Miralem Pjanic.
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