Juventus and Roma get set to face one another, so much of the talk will be centered around the two men who will filling out the starting lineups Sunday night. There’s Max Allegri, there’s Jose Mourinho and between the both of them are two very accomplished managerial careers and two of the biggest names in Italy at this very moment.
Juventus fans will be hoping their team kick into another gear for this weekend’s late clash against Roma. The Bianconeri have utterly struggled for form this season; however, their performances in the last two games in all competitions provides some confidence heading into the late weekend clash with Roma
The more baffling point has been Juventus’ ability to allow opposition teams to score against them. From their dismal performances from last season until now, they probably conceded a goal in each of their previous 20-league games, while their clean sheet against Torino in the last matchday only stopped the run converted into a record 21-games of conceding.
Their defence faltered under Andrea Pirlo, although this trend continued under Massimiliano Allegri, who had proven to be a defensively astute headmaster in his first stint. Interestingly, they brought back the stability of the old against Chelsea in the Champions League, beating the holders by a slender margin and managing a clean sheet.
Allegri will be hoping the results from the last two fixtures might pump up his side to get grips on the domestic season. They already trail leaders Napoli by 10-points and their weekend opponents by four. These gaps put Juventus into a territory they have rarely experienced under their manager, and he would certainly want to correct this.
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But, when it comes to zooming out from focusing on just two men who, while very important to their respective team’s success, there’s a very real fact looking us right in the face.
Juventus is getting closer and closer to the time in the season when you actually do start to care about where your team is sitting in the Serie A standings, And with Sunday night’s showdown with Roma in Turin, Juve is about to begin a stretch fo seven games in all of 21 games. It’s a daunting stretch that will see them travel to Russia in the Champions League and face more than just one or two teams that are currently above them in the Serie A standings before the next international break arrives come early-November.
Before Juventus can get to the Derby d’Italia against Inter next weekend or even getting on a plane for the trip to Russia all of 48 hours from now, Juve’s got to face a Roma squad that, with their new manager leading the way, started the 2021-22 season in a whole lot better shape than the Bianconeri have.
Sure, Juventus went into the October international break in a whole lot better standing than Max Allegri’s squad came out of the September break. The relegation is no longer in sight, and the slow climb back up the table after Juve’s horrendous start has officially been put into motion now that they’ve actually been able to string a few wins together in a row.
But those opponents, the likes of Sampdoria and Torino, aren’t on the same level as Roma, which has probably started as well as anybody expected them to under Mourinho’s watch.
Simply by form over the last handful of games, one might think that Juventus is entering as the more in-form side. Juve’s unbeaten in its last four Serie A matches, while Roma has lost two over the same amount of time and six goals in those two losses.