Udinese Vs Juventus – Self-inflicted wounds were again the theme as Juve took the lead and dropped points again in what should have been a simple game.
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Udinese 2 2 Juventus (aug 22, 2021) Game Analysis
By the way, it is said that the way Juve dissolved in the second half was really so crazy that it drowned out the fact that Ronaldo started the game on the bench, allegedly at his request – which will not get the media. Crazy to say the least.
It was a muddled and convoluted formula to get to a 2-2 draw, but the bottom line is clear: Max’s simple return to the manager’s office will not be the magic that so many, including Andrea Agnelli, have hoped for. Because when he was appointed again.
In the hours before kick-off, the Ronaldo situation really dominated all discussions, with the unexpected news that he was not in the starting 11 quickly followed by equally surprising news that he had asked for it. Federico Chiesa was also curiously left on the bench to start before it was revealed that it was due to a minor physical problem, leaving the trio that played so well against Atalanta a week ago gone, except for Paulo Dybala. Allegri therefore started with a 4-4-2 formation which was anchored by Szczesny at the back. In front of him were Danilo, Mathijs de Ligt, Leonardo Bonucci and Alex Sandro. Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi played as wide midfielders. Weston McKenney was serving a yellow card suspension brought on the final day of last season, Adrien Rabiot and Arthur were injured and Manuel Locatelli was still not ready to start, so Rodrigo Bentancourt and Aaron Ramsey were the only central midfielders available. Dybala wears the captain’s armband, along with Alvaro Morata up front.
Luca Gotti responded with a 3-5-1-1 formation. Marco Silvestri started in goal behind the trio of Samir, Rodrigo Becao and Bram Nuitink. Nahuel Molina and Iyenoma Udogi played as wing-backs, with Wallace, Jean-Victor Makengo and Tolgay Arslan in midfield. Former Juve player Roberto Pereyra played slightly behind Ignacio Pousseto at the top.
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Juventus’ season has started as well as you could ask for. Juve forced a corner in a minute and a half, and with 2:05 on the clock their vice-captain gave them the lead. The move was simple but deadly, with Cuadrado slipping the ball into the right channel to meet the run of Bentancourt deep in midfield. The Uruguayan immediately turned and flashed into the path of Dybala, who ran into him. La Gioia beat the defenders to the spot and slotted it past Silvestri without much movement, and Juve were on top of things early on.
Udinese had their first shot in the ninth minute after a series of quick passes between Pereira and Pousseto, whose shot was straight at Szczesny for an easy save. Additionally, the home team had decent possession but couldn’t figure out how to use it. Juve had a few more probing attacks before Dybala sent a lovely diagonal pass across the pitch to the colorful Cuadrado. The Colombian pulled the ball down and faced Nuitink. He made a cut inside and then burst forward on the same plane, freeing himself to fire across goal and into the net to double the lead in 23 minutes.
Juve played well when the game went into the break. Silvestri is not exactly under siege, but he is certainly more worried than the two goalkeepers. Morata had a free ball in the box past the post just after the half-hour mark, and in a stroke of half-time he smashed one into the side netting from a tight angle after Ramsey had diverted Dybala’s wayward cross. But Juve were by far the better side, linking up with each other as they attacked and completely disrupting their opponents, who clearly lacked the creative talents of Rodrigo De Paul. They looked to have cruised clear to their first three points of the season, the first step towards an eventual return to the title.
Udinese came out of the gates looking better and five minutes after the restart a whole team defensive failure was punctuated by Szczesny’s first brain fart. Arslan took a pass from Udogi and cut inside, leaving it for Pereira. De Ligue came to press the Argentine and Ramsey got up and stopped following Arslan after he dropped the ball, leaving a big gap for the German to run in and shoot. The shot was straight at Szczesny and not particularly venomous, but the Poland international spilled it back into the path of Arslan, then took too long to recover and bring down the midfielder as he went back for a second bite. Szczesny’s mistake was certainly catastrophic, but so bad Ramsey stood and threw his hands in the air, wondering why no one was doing their job.
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Pereira converted the penalty with ease, but Juve almost pulled the lid back on three minutes when Morata burst into the crowd to meet Sandro’s cross, head to the far post and deflect off the stick. Udinese, knowing they were out one and smelling blood, sent on former La Masia product Gerard Deulofeu and the Spaniard almost earned his side a second penalty minutes after coming on, but a VAR check revealed that although he may have been fouled by Danilo – it would have been a rebound call – and was offside in stoppage time, negating everything that came after him.
Allegri completed a treble while the VAR review was underway, sending off Giorgio Chiellini, Dejan Kulusevski and Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar was gifted a momentary chance to level things up but missed a player when he headed Dybala away. Three minutes later he almost got an assist, laying the ball back for a waiting Bentancourt, whose first-time shot from the top of the box hit the post for the second time on the night.
The triple substance changed the formation to 3-4-3, with Danilo moving to the midfield. It was a classic Allegri move to secure play, but it also clouded the attack and Juve struggled to get the ball forward to extend their lead. Udinese didn’t exactly force them to defend the barricades, but only one moment would be needed to complete the Udinese comeback – and that moment was duly gifted to them in the 83rd minute.
It was an awkward back pass from Bonucci that it turned into a disaster as Szczesny took the ball and then, because only known reasons between himself and God, decided to try to dribble through pressure from both Deulofeu and fellow substitute Stefano Okaka. Instead, he ended up in even deeper trouble, chipping the ball away from Okaka and to the feet of Deulofeu, who slotted the ball into the empty net. He was initially flagged for offside, but a VAR review determined he was level with the ball when it left his team, and the game was tied.
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Manuel Locatelli’s Juventus debut was far less favorable than everyone had hoped, with Allegri sending him off with a minute left on the clock with his final substitution. With multiple VAR stoppages, referee Ivano Pezzuto added six minutes of stoppage time and Juve created a couple of excellent chances. The first came from Dybala, knocking down a long ball from Chiellini, giving some ground, and then unleashing a huge shot from 24 yards that was denied by a diving, one-handed save from Silvestri. Then came Ronaldo’s effort, high above Becao to meet a wonderful Chiesa cross, only for VAR to disallow the goal for what should have been a centimeter off his shoulder. It was a call he stuck to