In the absence of Di Maria, Max has chosen his anti-Milan plan: it will be 4-4-2 to try to move to -1
Juventus goes on the attack. After the three goals against Bologna and Maccabi Haifa, the level is raised: tomorrow the bianconeri will have to prove that they have made a definitive turn by winning at Milan. Without the magic of the suspended Angel Di Maria, protagonist with assists in the Champions League, it’s up to Dusan Vlahovic to drag Massimiliano Allegri’s team. The Serbian striker has never scored at San Siro, but the time seems right to add a new stadium to the collection.
Van Nistelrooy’s law
DV9, having overcome a complicated September with zero goals in 4 games, changed gears in the last week. As Van Nistelrooy and Gonzalo Higuain would say: Dusan squeezed the ketchup tube. Yeah, he scored a goal, he doesn’t stop there anymore. A bit like when the tomato sauce comes out without brakes. Vlahovic, after having found the net with Serbia and cheering in the face of Erling Haaland, has never stopped. First the stamp against Bologna, then the encore with Maccabi Haifa. Three goals in a week between the national team, the league and the Champions League. It could have been even more since Vlahovic himself left Allianz Stadium on Wednesday angry for not having made the most of some occasions. All stimuli for tomorrow, where the best version of the Juventus number nine will be needed – 6 goals in 10 games so far – to add another brick to the comeback operation studied by Allegri.
While waiting for long-term residents Federico Chiesa (already partially in the group) and Paul Pogba (the Frenchman dreams of returning within a month), Mattia De Sciglio was injured in the Champions League. The investigations revealed a “medium degree lesion of the rectus femoris of the right thigh”. For the full-back, the return is expected in 20-30 days. One less card for San Siro, where Juve will try to move to -1 from Pioli’s team. Because it is true, as the Juventus coach’s theory states, “that since anything can happen in direct clashes, to win the championship it is essential to win points in other matches”. The experience of last season, however, shows that crossings with the big names weigh. Just think of Juve’s regrets for the defeat against Inter. The latest of many burns in the high altitude challenges of 2020-21. Just a point won against the Nerazzurri, against Atalanta and against Napoli. Only two points against Milan. The only exceptions were the evenings against the Romans: 4 points against Lazio and 6 against Roma. Too little to aspire to the Scudetto. The bianconeri are perfectly aware of this and so, after the draw against Roma on the third day, they want to reverse the trend to relaunch themselves with arrogance.
To support Vlahovic, in the absence of Di Maria, there will be Filip Kostic and Arkadiusz Milik, who remained on the bench in the Champions League. The former Marseille is back from a slight muscle fatigue. He is not at his best, Arek, but at San Siro he will grit his teeth. Juventus will change outfit, from 4-3-3 in the Champions League to a more compact 4-4-2, while trying to keep intact the spirit shown for long stretches both against Bologna and against Maccabi Haifa. Without Di Maria’s genius, Milik will try to “dress up” as Aleksandar Mitrovic to recreate the comfort zone of the Serbian national team together with Kostic and Vlahovic. More or less like what happened last weekend against Bologna, where all three signed the restart of Juventus.
7 October – 08:52
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