Manu’s Grab Bag: two steps back

Another day, another draw for Juventus in Serie A.

Well, that might be a little unfair considering how the game developed and the opponent they were facing. But that doesn’t disprove the fact that it was another draw that, it should have, could have and could have been a win if a couple of things went well.

As one of the unofficial leaders of the “Fans of Atalanta even if they do not support Atalanta Club“Here at BWRAO, this was a good game to show why we have that affinity. This is a team that doesn’t give a damn about who they’re playing or where. They’ll go all out and play you for what they did Wednesday at Allianz Stadium. in what was a pretty fun game overall.

And while – in a vacuum – this is not a horrendous result for Juventus, I am sure they will regret not being able to get a win on a match day that would have seen them cut the lead at the top of the standings. at a certain point.

Let’s cook.

Winner: Wojnieck Szczesny

In what at times felt like a battle between two goalkeepers, Woj more than held out La Dea’s Pierluigi Gollini – more on him later – makes a series of good saves to prevent the reigning Atalanta from finding a winner in the final.

I know we were all really happy to see living legend, Giangluigi Buffon, keep a clean sheet against FC Barcelona last week in the shocking Champions League … but, come on. Not all the warm, fuzzy, and nostalgic-laden feelings of that performance can’t deny that the rightful starter has to be Szczesny.

Loser: Juventus attack… again

Like the last time I had them as losers, I’ll say something that I hope isn’t too controversial.

Alvaro Morata and Cristiano Ronaldo are good players. But boy, they didn’t look very good on Wednesday night.

To be honest with Morata, he has grown a lot in the game and has been his usual reliable self when it came to leading the line, holding the ball and making good runs when he had room. At the beginning, however, he was particularly bad, having a series of negative touches and shots that killed potentially dangerous opportunities for Juve. He had also done so that heel back attempt, that even if you think it’s an offside and it won’t count, you need to make a better effort than that. Just for the sake of not becoming an online clown, which he deservedly did.

Morata also became increasingly agitated during the match and got himself a yellow card for his troubles. Personally, I like hot players who show they don’t care, but maybe reign a bit, Alvaro? The last thing this team needs is to have him suspended again for talking to the referees.

As for Ronaldo, to say that he was non-existent against Atalanta would be an understatement. His possessions died at his feet too many times to be counted and he didn’t make an impact during the entire match. Oh, and he missed the potential winning penalty. I was honestly shocked that it wasn’t replaced. I understand it’s Ronaldo and you can never consider him for a moment of brilliance even if he’s making a lousy game, but if that performance doesn’t bring you out … what will he do?

Winner / Loser: Federico Chiesa

Chiesa had a pretty bad game – it can be said that he was one of the worst players on the field – except for two brilliant moments. Luckily for him, a brilliant moment was a scream in the upper right corner that brought Juventus momentarily forward and ended up being the Bianconeri only score of the evening. The other moment was a won penalty that could have made a difference in the game.

I still don’t see what Andrea Pirlo sees in him playing on the left wing. I wouldn’t necessarily call it catastrophic, but it looks … average? His performances are consistently underwhelming and I honestly don’t see him as a huge improvement over, for example, Gianluca Frabotta who was the definition of media during his minutes on the pitch. Hell, the much-maligned Federico Bernardeschi was sometimes better on that wing!

I just don’t pay that much for this dude who is clearly talented and therefore doesn’t give him the time on the wing he likes best and sailing has had its best shows over the season. Juan Cuadrado desperately needs a break. Give it to him and start Church where it belongs.

Stefano Sorrentino Memorial Award – Pierluigi Gollini

A performance like that of Gollini is more than worthy of dusting off the old Sorrentino Memorial.

For those of you who are new to Grab Bag – or BWRAO – Stefano Sorrentino is a recently retired goalkeeper who has had a solid, albeit unspectacular, career playing for lower-middle tier teams in Spain, Italy and Greece. However, and for whatever reason, during his final seasons with Chievo he turned into a Golden Glove winner and played out of his mind every time he faced Juventus, usually in a losing effort for his team. To honor his performances, we started distributing the prize to goalkeepers who played in lower-middle-tier teams who had fantastic performances against Juventus.

But I’m bending the rules a bit here, because while Atalanta are currently eighth in Serie A, they’re also in the Champions League round of 16. However, it is undeniable that Gollini had an impressive performance and it was a big reason why the Bergamo club managed to escape Torino with a hard-fought point.

Stopping a penalty kick from Ronaldo – who is arguably one of the best penalty shooters alive – should be reason enough, but his save in the second half on Alvaro Morata’s potential winning shot really takes him over the top. A goal as sure as any shot a goalkeeper can tackle, Morata entered as standard in the middle of the area, unleashed a nice shot that was deflected by a defender who changed trajectory, then Gollini dived on the wrong side and however he managed to get it out mid-dive.

Really impressive, so congratulations, Pierluigi will have your prize shipped to your home shortly.

The prize is essentially this photo, but huge and framed. I’m sure he’ll like it.

Winner: Matthijs de Ligt

The only chances that Duvan Zapata had during the day were few occasions when he managed to be scored by Leo Bonucci in place of de Ligt. That’s all you need to know to understand how good the Dutch superstar was.

Zapata is the stereotype of a ram striker who had given Juventus so much trouble in the past seasons because he didn’t have a real defender who could stick with him and do it effectively. Enter de Ligt, who gave Zapata no chance to impact the game. Matching him physically and the man who scored him out of the game.

Zapata is one hell of a striker – even an alleged Juve striker at one point – so seeing him as a complete non-factor was the latest surprise Juventus number 4 gave the fans.

Midfield standings

  1. Weston McKennie – Yes, I think he’s the best midfielder on the team right now. We knew he would bring energy and ball recovery capacity to the table, but he legitimately added good spaces and playing skills, he has to leave for Juve at the moment.
  2. Adrien Rabiot – The team struggled early when he entered the field after injuring Arthur, but adapted in the second half and played solid play. Still reliable, still good.
  3. Arthur – This was his type of game and he played well until his injury. The biggest testament to his talent was the appearance of the team in those first few minutes without his ability to hold the ball and deliver.
  4. Rodrigo Bentancur – Legitimately good game against Atalanta, if it continues like this it could finally begin to guarantee all the preseason love from this blog and from Juventus fans everywhere.
  5. Aaron Ramsey – He didn’t play, but maybe he should have?
  6. Sami Khedira – Do you remember when you scored two goals against Sassuolo?

Farewell shot of the week

With this result the ranking has not changed much.

Juventus are still four points from the standings and with Milan stumbling in recent times and Inter are Inter Milan, they still have a good chance of catching them.

However, it must hurt to know that you could have been just one point off the top if your superstar player makes a crazy PK.

At the next, Juventus will face a Parma that is in 14th place and should beat. Scratch that, to have beat. You will not continue to have golden opportunities week after week and with Milan playing an exuberant Sassuolo this is a good opportunity to continue to gain ground.

See you on Saturday.