Benfica pushes Juve already on the edge of the abyss

Juve are already on the brink: the Bianconeri conceded their second defeat in two Champions League matches on Wednesday, at home to Benfica (1-2), and are in bad shape in their group, six points behind the Portuguese and of Paris SG.

Outclassed by the quality of the stars of PSG (1-2) in the opening, the “Old lady” was this time overwhelmed by the envy of Benfica. The Portuguese returned to equality just before the penalty break from Joao Mario (44th), after the opening of the quick score of Arkadiusz Milik (4th), then quite logically took the upper hand in the second half thanks to David Neres ( 55th).

The entry into play of Angel Di Maria after this catastrophic start to the second period was not enough to refloat a borrowed Juve, having a thousand difficulties to put speed in its game and fragile in defense. “It’s football, these are things that happen, you just have to shut up and work,” said Massimiliano Allegri.

This failed start in C1, added to a very pale debut in the league (2 wins, 4 draws), will not help the situation of the coach, whose return to the bench in 2021 did not allow him to recover. aplomb a vacillating Juve since their last title of champion of Italy, in 2020.

The Bianconeri, handicapped at the start of the season by numerous injuries (Pogba, Chiesa, Szczesny, Rabiot, Locatelli were absent on Wednesday) even see the specter of elimination in the 1st round approaching in C1, which is no longer theirs. arrived since the 2013/2014 season.
Juve had however quickly opened the scoring on a header from Arkadiusz Milik on a free kick from Leandro Paredes (4th), concretizing a dynamic start.

But the Bianconeri have again plunged into their bad habit of “roller coasters”, regretted before the match by captain Leonardo Bonucci. They failed to maintain the same pressure and left the Portuguese – twelve wins in twelve matches since the start of the season – to become increasingly dangerous.

Mattia Perin, still in goal in the absence of Wojciech Szczesny, delayed the deadline in front of Gonçalo Ramos (27th) then was saved by his post on a strike from Rafa Silva (39th). But Juve ended up cracking on a penalty, conceded by Fabio Miretti and transformed under the bar by Joao Mario (44th), a former Inter Milan player who did not hesitate to room the Turin tifosi.

Juve, beaten down by this equalizer, plunged at the start of the second period, on a goal signed David Neres (55th). Alexander Bah (60th), Rafa Silva (63rd) then Neres (68th) were even on the verge of turning the evening to punishment. With the ghost Di Maria (entered in the 58th), she finally reacted a little: Moise Kean found the post (71st), Dusan Vlahovic’s goal was refused for offside (83rd) and Bremer missed the inevitable (86th).

But all this was far too late, like a season that Juve has not really started yet. What cause the whistles fed Juventus Stadium and alarm captain Bonucci: “It’s logical to be whistled. (…) I’m worried, yes, I’m not going to hide it.”

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