Looking at the Positives & Negatives of Juventus’ Season So Far

Juventus have strolled to league title after league title in recent years, but this season appears different. Antonio Conte’s Inter have pushed them so far and appear ready to fight for the Serie A title.

The Bianconeri overcame a resilient Milan side 1-0 prior to the international break to ensure they moved back above their title rivals at the top of the table.

However, it has not by any means been a perfect season for the Italian giants. So, with that in mind, we have decided to look back at three positives and two negatives from the season so far…


Positive – Unbeaten Record

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We shall start with the obvious. ​Juventus are now the only team in Europe’s top five leagues that are yet to lose this season. 

Yes, even ​Liverpool have lost – Napoli, remember?

Anyway, Sarri’s team have won ten out of their first 12 league matches, drawing the remaining two. As far as the Champions League is concerned, they have won three and drawn one of their opening four group matches, three points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid.

So yes, on paper, the Bianconeri have made a very promising start to the campaign under their new manager. 


Negative – The Cristiano Ronaldo Situation

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​Cristiano Ronaldo is a sensational talent, a supreme talent, one of the best players to grace this beautiful game. 

However, he has been left frustrated in recent weeks, having been substituted twice in his last two matches. The first came against Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League, before he ​was taken off once again in the tussle with Milan a few days later. To make matters worse, his side were drawing 0-0 at this point and Sarri acted by bringing him off after just 55 minutes.

The forward was far from pleased and ended up leaving the stadium before the match had finished. After the game, the manager responded by claiming Ronaldo was struggling with a knee injury. However, the ​Portugal international denied this and recently bagged a hat-trick for his country…

Sarri and Juventus must find a way to get Ronaldo back and firing as he has the ability to be the difference this season. 


Positive – The Resurgence of Paulo Dybala & Gonzalo Higuain

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​Paulo Dybala appeared to be on his way out of the club in the summer, with Juventus looking to offload the player. Gonzalo Higuain, meanwhile, was another that few expected to remain at the club. But they both did. 

This season, the pair have proven to be two of the Bianconeri’s best players. Neither Higuain nor Dybala have set the world alight with remarkable goalscoring form, but they have been integral to the team, creating chances and working tirelessly. They have both also proven to be the difference in numerous games this season.

Lokomotiv were up 1-0 in the Champions League recently, before Dybala struck twice inside the final 15 minutes to ensure his side claimed all three points. Most recently, the Argentinian duo combined before Dybala fired home the winner against Milan. 


Negative – Injury Struggles

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A negative this season has to be the number of injuries that Sarri has needed to contend with. Centre-back and club legend Giorgio Chiellini ​tore his anterior cruciate ligament in training earlier in the season, ruling him out until February or March 2020. 

Elsewhere, ​Douglas Costa, Mattia De Sciglio and Aaron Ramsey have all struggled with injuries this term, while Blaise Matuidi and Miralem Pjanic are now the latest to suffer. Matuidi went off in the last match, with the Frenchman suffering a rib fracture. Pjanic, meanwhile, came off while playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina recently, which will be a cause for concern for Sarri. 


Positive – Squad Depth

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Juventus certainly have had a fair few injuries this season, but the manager has been able to fill any gaps thanks to the size of his squad. 

The likes of Adrien Rabiot and Emre Can have struggled to really make an impact this season, with the latter being left out of the Champions League squad. 

Equally, Merih Demiral has featured just the once in the league this season. While these players will all undoubtedly be frustrated by their lack of minutes, this strength in depth has already been crucial so far and will continue to aid Sarri and Juventus this season. 


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