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Who’s to blame for Dusan Vlahovic’s misfiring at Juventus?




In Massimiliano Allegri’s reign at Juventus, one glaring issue stands out amidst positive results—the inefficiency of the team’s attack, particularly with Dusan Vlahovic.

The blame game between the manager and the Serbian striker has divided the bianconeri fanbase, but a closer look reveals that both may share responsibility. Let’s delve into three key factors contributing to this conundrum.

1. The System’s Impact


Under Allegri’s guidance, Juventus doesn’t prioritize ball possession, ranking a modest 13th in the league. This lack of control means more emphasis on defensive duties, leaving limited room for offensive actions.

In the initial halves of games, Juventus opens up to score, but the approach becomes notably defensive in the last 40 minutes.

This tactical shift adversely affects the attacking consistency required for strikers like Vlahovic, minimizing their involvement in crucial moments.

2. Personal Limitations


Vlahovic faces criticism for personal flaws that hinder his performance. His ball control and movement have fallen short of expectations, impacting his overall output.

Additionally, the Serbian has grappled with fitness issues, playing through discomfort since October of the previous year.

Dealing with sports hernia and persistent back pain, these overlooked challenges have significantly affected his on-field performance and availability.

3. Lack of Creative Support


For a striker to thrive, ample support from teammates is crucial. The creativity of players behind him is paramount in providing scoring opportunities.

Unfortunately, Juventus lacks the necessary creative spark, particularly in the midfield department. The current profiles of midfielders struggle to deliver sufficient supplies to Vlahovic.

Moreover, the offensive contributions of wing-backs, except for Kostic, have been subpar. The anticipated arrival of creative midfielders like Sudakov and Samardzic in the winter transfer window may inject much-needed creativity, offering Vlahovic better chances to showcase his goal-scoring prowess.

In conclusion, the misfiring of Juventus’ attacking force involves a combination of tactical decisions, personal challenges faced by Vlahovic, and the team’s lack of creative support.