Other than the usual mismanagement of the lead, as the second half versus Freiburg was particularly horrid, good news all around from the last two fixtures. Juventus advanced and, with Arsenal getting eliminated, they are one of the top three teams left, along with Manchester United and Roma, which might have a lesser squad but are led by a coach that knows a thing or two about winning a continental trophy. They’d have to best both to go all the way, which will be a tall order. A final versus the Giallorossi already has all the makings of another disappointment in Europe, but it’d be wrong to look that far ahead.
A holistic approach wouldn’t be entirely correct, as these bouts are games of inches decided by a few episodes, which went the Bianconeri’s way in the return legs of the last two rounds, but the earlier stages are probably more challenging than the later ones under certain mental and physical aspects, which will be more on point when the finish line approaches.
The Dusan Vlahovic nightmare ended, or was at least postponed for a few matches, with that lucky PK. While he’s obviously paid the big bucks to score, it’s not actually an issue if he plays like in the Sampdoria game. At a bare minimum, he needs to be engaged, energetic, and a catalyst for the offense, which doesn’t know which way to turn when Angel Di Maria is absent if the Serb gets engulfed. Still, the goal was noticeably important for his psyche, and everybody can move on now. Federico Chiesa looked very spry too, and hopefully, he’ll manage to stay completely healthy for a few games in a row.
The only recent negative was Paul Pogba suffering another injury, but you can’t really miss what you never had. Considering how long he’s been out and the predictable lack of form, it’s hard to imagine he’d contribute more than Nicolò Fagioli at this point. The youngster has been on a steady rise for a few months and has become a very dependable and inventive ball handler….
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Author : Enrico Passarella
Publish date : 2023-03-19 09:00:00
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