Has coach Massimiliano Allegri ‘ruined’ the Serbian giant?

Dusan Vlahovic has scored 20 goals in 24 games for Fiorentina this season. After joining Juventus for € 75m, only seven goals were added. A legend of the Italian forward blames Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri in particular.

Like the legendary Italian forward Christian Vieri on Tuesday since Gazzetta dello Sport was asked to name the best striker of the current season in Serie A, Vieri said: Dusan Vlahovic – in the version of the striker in his time at Fiorentina. And not Dusan Vlahovic, who has been hurting Juventus since January.

Vlahovic has scored 17 goals in 21 league games for Fiorentina this season, plus three Coppa Italia goals in three games. Since moving to Italian champion Juventus for € 75 million, Vlahovic’s first Champions League goal came in his first game, but otherwise only six goals in 13 league games.

In the Coppa Italia, where Vlahovic and Juve face the last chance for the Old Lady’s title this season in Wednesday’s Derby d’Italia final (21, LIVETICKER), Vlahovic has so far been goalless in three games.

For Vieri, the reason for Vlahovic’s drop in hit rate is very simple: “If you play in a team that plays badly, you also play badly,” said the former Juve forward. Journal.

Juventus: antiquated and pragmatic football under Allegri

Of course: it is a fact that Juventus have never played very well with Massimiliano Allegri this season. After a disastrous start to the season and a very mediocre first half – Juve were seventh at Christmas – Juve’s return to the bench chose a rather old-fashioned and extremely pragmatic tactical approach after the arrival of Vlahovic to bring Juve forward in Serie TO.

Juve, in fact, have never played really well or even spectacularly, but two days from the end the Italian champions of the record are fourth and therefore already guaranteed a place in the Champions League.

For Antonio Cassano, another legendary Italian forward who has never played for Juventus but who has never been lost due to strong arguments, the question of blame is obvious: “Juve doesn’t know how to play football. When it comes to building a team. , Allegri I can not give you anything, I have been saying it since September, it will be the same next season “, underlined on the Twitch channel of Vieri BoboTV.

During his stay at Milan (2011 – 2012) – at the time he was Allegri coach – it was not the head coach who set up the tactics, but his assistant Mauro Tassotti.

According to Cassano, the only reason why Juve still finished fourth is that Juventus spent “100 million euros” in the winter. In light of this, fourth place is disappointing. And Vlahovic? Allegri ruined it. Cassano’s conclusion: “Allegri must go”

Vlahovic in one statistic is the worst player in Serie A

The arrival of Vlahovic, in fact, was not a determining factor for the rebirth of Juve. Although he scored a goal after just 13 minutes on his debut and needed just 32 seconds for his debut goal in the Champions League, the Serbian international was often unlucky.

Thanks above all to his record of sensational goals against Fiorentina, Vlahovic is still second in Serie A with 23 goals behind the indestructible Ciro Immobile (27), but otherwise the figures of the 22-year-old striker are rather disappointing:

  • No player in Serie A has lost the ball so often this season (392 turnovers), only four players in the top 5 European leagues have been worse here (1st place: Jose Louis Sanmartin Mato of Deportivo Alaves).
  • Only 39 percent of Vlahovic’s passes in the penalty area have come. To make a comparison: Erling Haaland, with whom Vlahovic has often been compared in his Fiorentina version, brings 71 percent of his passes to the man in the penalty area.
  • In Florence, Vlahovic scored an average of goals every 102 minutes. At Juve it’s one every 206 minutes. Its close success rate dropped from 22.99% to 12.5%.
  • In addition, Vlahovic averages fewer shots on goal (3.6 to 3.1) and fewer shots on goal (6.1 to 5.9).

Juve: Vlahovic replaced by Giorgio Chiellini

No wonder, then, that there was a lot of ridicule when he was replaced by defender Giorgio Chiellini in the recent match against Venezia: he was seen as an absurd example of how little he suited Allegri’s idea of ​​football.

But does it really depend on the coach? Or is Vlahovic not as advanced as he thought after his fabulous first part of the season in Florence? At that moment the Serbian not only made his way into the notebooks of Juventus scouts, but also sparked interest in BVB and Tottenham Hotspur. And when asked who could one day replace Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich, Vlahovic was mentioned again and again.

Like Juve expert Fabio Licari in Journal He wrote on Monday, “the best number 9 in the league is still a foreign body to Juve”.

Of course, the game at Juve brings a completely different pressure. “Dusan needs time,” said Medhi Benatia, former Juventus and FC Bayern Munich central defender. Journal. “When you arrive in Turin you have to get comfortable with the weight of the shirt you wear, regardless of the salary or the price”.

Benatia continued: “Sometimes I’ve seen him complain on TV. It’s not good. He’s a guaranteed starter. Allegri will have faith in him. He just needs to be patient.”

In any case, Allegri is annoyed by suggestions that he has “ruined” one of the best young strikers in the world. He also dismissed rumors of personal or tactical problems with Vlahovic, going so far as to say he was surprised at how well Vlahovic had fared since his move in January.

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