Juventus 3 – Lazio 0: Preliminary response and random observations

I really feel secure in saying that if you happen to seemed up gamers who’ve gotten probably the most criticism from us writers and commenters alike on this right here web site over the past 18 months, Moise Kean would most likely be close to the highest. For a lot of his comeback to Juventus, issues had not gone properly in any respect. The ending was horrible, the choice making wasn’t a lot better and there was loads of motive to suppose {that a} change of surroundings was the most suitable choice for him.

Ah, how issues have modified.

Similar to what we noticed 4 days earlier, Kean received his likelihood to bop. Not as soon as, however twice, too, as his brace — one purpose that was of extraordinarily excessive issue and the opposite not a lot — led Juventus to a 3-0 win over Lazio on the Allianz Stadium on Sunday evening. It pushed Juventus’ successful streak to 6 video games. Identical goes for the variety of consecutive video games with a shutout. You set these two issues collectively and Juventus has moved from eighth place within the Serie A desk into being on their own in third place.

And for Kean, who has come alive and is arguably in his greatest run of goal-scoring type since his teenage years at Juve, has scored 5 targets in 5 video games, with match winners in back-to-back video games towards Hellas Verona and now Lazio.

What a turnaround for the participant himself. What a turnaround for the staff.

A day after Max Allegri rolled out to his pre-match press convention and declared “My supreme is a staff that wins,” there’s two very noticeable issues that stand out after this win:

  • Lazio 59-41 edge in possession.
  • Juventus 3-0 edge on the scoreboard.

It is the sort of efficiency that makes you need to smile, would not it?

Picture by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket through Getty Photographs

You realize that man above is smiling as a result of his staff is enjoying with the sort of spirit that he lacked for a big portion of the 2022-23 season. (I do know, I do know, they’re out of the Champions League. But when there’s any constructive to take out of the final month it is the truth that Juve aren’t a complete practice wreck through the home portion of their schedule, too. )

However let us take a look at what Juventus has executed proper over the course of this six-game successful streak and confirmed it to be very a lot true once more within the win over Lazio:

  • They have been absolute hounds defensively, stopping Lazio from having any high quality scoring possibilities till the ultimate moments when Wojciech Szczesny really needed to make a troublesome saves.
  • They’re beginning to present that they’ve some kind of identification. It isn’t there but, nevertheless it’s a begin — which is clearly a lot better than the primary two months of the season.
  • The much-maligned midfield has discovered its groove with the trio of Manuel Locatelli, Nicolo Fagioli and Adrien Rabiot enjoying collectively virtually completely over the past couple of weeks.
  • And the most important factor of all — they’ve now crushed two direct rivals for a prime 4 spot throughout the span of eight days.

Not each win over these final six victories has been aesthetically pleasing. We have to solely look again just a few days to be reminded of that. However I stated it earlier than and I’ll say it once more: these final six video games are the kind of video games by which Juventus has dropped factors in over the past season and two months. You suppose the Juventus we noticed in August or September would have been able to beating Inter or Lazio? I do not suppose so. (And that is additionally considering simply what number of gamers are nonetheless out injured or simply getting back from damage.)

However an important factor heading into the World Cup break is that Juventus has a a lot totally different sort of vibe across the squad with this successful streak. They don’t seem to be enjoying like their they’re personal worst enemy. They’re enjoying with confidence. These gamers like Kean and Locatelli who have been struggling have turned issues round.

All of it provides as much as Juventus being in third place heading into the World Cup break. That’s not one thing that I might have thought could be attainable after Juve received dominated by AC Milan on the San Siro just a little over a month in the past. Then once more, I did not suppose Juve might win six Serie A video games in a row, so I am completely happy to be confirmed incorrect — irrespective of if it is a participant or the staff as a complete.

Actually lots higher than eighth place, I gotta say.

RANDOM THOUGHTS AND OBSERVATIONS

  • Yeah after all Juventus finds their greatest type of the season once we’re about to go over 50 days in between video games. After all. As a result of that is how issues work. And that is why having a World Cup in a very corrupt nation that bribed its approach into the sport is so silly.
  • Seeing Moise Kean completely happy makes me completely happy. It ought to make you content, too.
  • You realize you missed seeing Maurizio Sarri and his brilliant white dad sneakers alongside the sidelines at Allianz Stadium. Do not lie. You realize it is true.
  • Seeing Federico Chiesa in Juventus’ lovely all-black away package for the primary time this season…these are belongings you like to see.
  • Chiesa’s help on Arek Milik’s late purpose was his first since that recreation towards Roma again in January. It has been 10 lengthy months, and our boy received one other factor to verify off the listing of issues to do now that he is again.
  • I posted on Twitter that I wished to see a Kean hat trick proper after he practically scored a 3rd. Actually 5 seconds later Max Allegri was bringing on Angel Di Maria for Kean. READ THE TWEETS, MAX, READ THE TWEETS. (Perhaps Max has a burner account someplace, I dunno. We all know he isn’t on social for a motive and I am guessing they contain “Allegri” and “Out” or one thing alongside these traces.)
  • The cameras received a shot of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic messing with the again of Juan Cuadrado’s afro throughout a second-half nook kick. I do not understand how efficient it was, nevertheless it certain was one thing that I had by no means seen from anyone who was being marked by Johnny Sq. earlier than.
  • Juventus followers applauded Milinkovic-Savic when he was subbed off late within the second half. I am guessing it wasn’t as a result of he was enjoying with Cuadrado’s hair a short while earlier.
  • However with Adrien Rabiot enjoying like he has this season — and particularly recently — is anyone like SMS going to be the very best funding of doubtless €70 or €80 million? At this level, I am simply glad that Rabiot is enjoying like anyone who’s worthy of incomes €7.5 million internet a season. Contract Yr Rabiot perpetually, my pals.
  • Give Rabiot a contract extension. For one 12 months. After which if he replicates this type of type subsequent season, rinse and repeat. Simply proceed to do it to make Contract Yr Rabiot a factor yearly. Is sensible, proper?
  • Solely considered one of Juventus’ three beginning midfielders accomplished greater than 80 % of their passes on Sunday evening, however I really feel fairly secure in saying that it was Allegri’s facet that gained the battle within the midfield. Not dangerous!
  • One other signal that Juventus must construct this protection round Bremer? Simply take a look at how good he has been enjoying within the middle of the again three recently. That is one thing that’s increasingly necessary to this staff.
  • Danilo is nice. Give that man a brand new contract, too.
  • Filip Kostic’s first cross of the evening went about 20 rows into the stands on the fly. After that, our man who launches crosses with no abandonment was fairly good. I guess the Serbia coaches prefer to see that. So does Max Allegri.
  • Very stable displaying from Federico Gatti after some rocky moments in his final couple of outings. Perhaps maintain again on selecting up a yellow so early on, however apart from he did a reasonably good job.
  • Juventus’ subsequent recreation, on Jan. 4, 2023, towards Cremonese, is in 52 days. Certain hope you guys have one thing to do in between every now and then as a result of I am undecided the World Cup goes to be the same old factor that sucks in all of my consideration for a month straight prefer it often does this time round.
  • I assume I will simply have to jot down about Juventus — we’re nonetheless planning on doing that round right here over the subsequent 50-something days.

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