Juventus head south to face Serie A’s basement club Salernitana on Tuesday, as their coach’s second reign continues to devolve into calamity.
After a week in which Juve lost both at home and away, Max Allegri’s decision-making has come under increased scrutiny, thus just three points will suffice when they face a squad struggling to adjust to the Italian top division.
Juventus suffered their second consecutive defeat – and fourth in seven games – at home to fellow top-four rivals Atalanta on Saturday evening, despite futile second-half comeback attempts.
The Old Lady’s enraged fans screamed despair inside the Allianz Stadium as the visitors took the lead with Duvan Zapata’s 28th-minute strike and refused to relinquish it, despite Paulo Dybala’s late free-kick hitting the crossbar.
Former coach Andrea Pirlo’s subsequent departure for Max Allegri’s return has seen little visible improvement in the 36-time national champions’ fortunes since their Coppa Italia final victory over the same opponents back in May.
Indeed, Juventus have only scored 18 goals in 14 Serie A matches this season, the lowest number in the top half of the league, as Dybala, Alvaro Morata, and the rest of the squad have gone hot and cold.
Their latest defeat came on the heels of a humiliating 4-0 loss to Chelsea in the Champions League last week, as well as defeats to mid-table sides Sassuolo and Verona, so another defeat in Salerno would be inconceivable for the Turin giants.
Sitting eighth in the standings ahead of a favourable run of domestic fixtures – and with Champions League progress already assured – Juve must surely embark on a winning run now or never if they are to revive an ailing season.
Though they will, of course, be underdogs when Serie A’s most successful club come to town, Salernitana can prepare for the visit of Juventus in good spirits, after they salvaged a precious point in the battle of the bottom two last Friday.
Salernitana will face Juventus at Stadio Arechi stadium in Salerno, Italy, on November 30th, 2021, at 19:45 UTC. The match takes place in Serie A.
Salernitana is now ranked 20th, while Juventus is ranked 7th.
Start date: 1 Dec 2021 01:15
Venue: Stadio Arechi
Head to Head Record
FT: Salernitana 1-0 Juventus
FT: Juventus 3-0 Salernitana
Juventus Team News
Federico Chiesa suffered an injury at the conclusion of the first half against Atalanta, staggering off the pitch and then failing to appear after the break, giving Juventus a new injury concern ahead of the trip to Campania.
Weston McKennie, a regular in Max Allegri’s engine room, was also substituted just after the hour mark due to injury, and could join Chiesa on the sidelines on Tuesday. Mattia Di Sciglio and Aaron Ramsey were already out of the squad and are unlikely to return anytime soon.
However, veteran captain Giorgio Chiellini and fellow Italy international Federico Bernardeschi were both available to Allegri on Saturday and appeared on the bench, indicating that they are now ready to start.
After another poor performance at the Allianz Stadium, Alvaro Morata, who has only two goals in his first 12 league games, might be replaced by Moise Kean, who is also underperforming.
Salernitana Team News
Salernitana has also struggled offensively this season, and an injury to Cedric Gondo in last week’s draw in Sardinia will not help their cause.
Simy, who came off the bench on Friday to replace Milan Djuric, would most likely start up front alongside Federico Bonazzoli if the Ivorian attacker is unable to recover in time.
Matteo Ruggeri is also poised to miss the game due to injury, while attacking talisman Franck Ribery is still nursing a knee ailment and is doubtful to play.
Salernitana XI: Belec; Zortea, Gyomber, Gagliolo, Ranieri; Obi, Di Tacchio, L. Coulibaly; Djuric; Bonazzoli, Simy
Juventus XI: Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, De Ligt, Pellegrini; Bentancur, Locatelli, Rabiot; Bernardeschi, Morata, Dybala
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