Juventus’ chances of retaining the Serie A title are in jeopardy following a disappointing season.
Juventus have a long way to catch up with table leaders Inter Milan as ten points separate both the parties. After dominating Serie A over the last decade, the odds are less for the Old Lady to retain the Scudetto this time under manager Andrea Pirlo and several reasons can be attributed to it.
Not being best in the transfer market
Juventus have always earned the reputation for making shrewd signings and the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo changed the landscape of their transfer business. Following it, Juve haven’t been the best in the transfer market with signings like Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot proving to be futile. Although Juve managed to bring in the likes of Matthijs De Ligt, Weston McKennie and Arthur, they failed to sign a back-up striker and a left-back
Ramsey and Rabiot turning out to be nightmares.
Juve thought they had made a meal of the transfer window in the summer of 2019 when they signed Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey for free. Almost two seasons have passed yet the midfield duo hasn’t lived up to the promise.
Pile of injuries exposed the lack of squad depth
Paulo Dybala has been hit with many injuries this season while another star forward Alvaro Morata has been diagnosed with COVID 19 recently, with both of them being a huge miss for Pirlo. Juan Cuadrado, Leanardo Bonucci, Chiellini and Arthur are also currently unavailable due to injuries.
Ronaldo’s selfishness costing the Old Lady.
We know that Cristiano Ronaldo is flourishing even at the age of 36 but we are talking about his free-kick technique, which has been futile over the last few seasons. The Old Lady tends to win more free kicks and Ronaldo is squandering the opportunities time and again. It is high time that the Portuguese should hand the onus to his teammates.