Another heavy stop for Juventus, they fall at the Stadium in front of Monza, 2-0 already in the 45th minute, and Palladino confirms himself Allegri’s bete noire. The bianconeri extended their streak of matches without success in the league to three, after the defeat in Naples and the home draw with Atalanta. The ‘impossible mission’ of the run-up to Europe, evoked after the 15-point penalty, becomes even more complicated. Now, standings in hand, the bianconeri are closer to Serie B (+11) than to the Champions League area (-15). Palladino, on the other hand, repeats the success of the first leg and overtakes his former football team in the standings. THE CHRONICLE OF THE MATCH
ALLEGRI: ‘NEVER A FIRST HALF LIKE THIS, IT’S A HIT’
“We had never played a first half like today’s: then in the second it was different, but we have to reflect on the first half”. Massimiliano Allegri says it after the home defeat against Monza. “If we think of the Italian Cup and not of the championship – he added to Dazn – we enter a vortex from which you never get out. After today’s beating, we need to examine our conscience. You can lose, but not like this: not we can absolutely concede goals like today’s with that ease. We scored 38 points, but the reality is that we now have 23 in the standings”. “Up until yesterday I was talking about 38 points, today I say that we have 23: it’s the reality of the facts, we have to score points for salvation because otherwise we’ll get hurt”: thus the Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri, after the home thud against Monza. “It’s a delicate moment, but I don’t feel alone because the club exists and is present – said the Juventus coach at the press conference – and I’m serene: there’s a lot of anger over this unacceptable first half, I didn’t evaluate the idea of going into retirement”.
PALLADINO: ‘VITTORIA WILL REMAIN IN THE HISTORY OF MONZA’
“Everything was beautiful and exciting today: the victory, the great performance of the boys, the compliments from Allegri at the end and also this yellow tie that Galliani gave me”. Thus the Monza coach, Raffaele Palladino, after the victory over Juve at the Stadium. “This success will go down in the history of Monza but it also marks an important point – he added -. Since my arrival they have had a wonderful journey that began with the victory over Juventus but then, despite having also put in good performances, we had never beaten a great team at home his. Today we managed to crown many beautiful performances”. “I don’t look at the standings but we started a great 2023 and I’m happy with this moment but above all we have to think about salvation – the Brianza coach still said to the microphones of Dazn -. The boys are exceptional and by continuing like this I hope we can reach it soon to think about something else”.
NEW THUD OF JUVENTUS
Pogba and Vlahovic are greeted by the roar of the Stadium and take a seat on the bench, Allegri chooses Di Maria-Kean as an attacking tandem and gives Gatti a chance in defense together with Bremer and Danilo, with De Sciglio on the right returning as starter after the injury. Palladino launches Rovella, owned by Juve, and Izzo, ex Toro, in front there are Pessina and Caprari in support of Mota. The black and white cheer remains in fibrillation for the 15-point penalty, chants and boos, especially from the Curva Sud during the Serie A anthem and the minute’s silence in memory of Carlo Tavecchio. Before the match, when the team bus arrives, chants and banners, one dedicated to the lawyer: “20 years have passed … they seem like centuries. Gianni Agnelli always in our hearts”, the other encouraging in the storm of investigations : “Let the ranks close, the ranks compact. May our flags never be lowered”. McKennie is in the stands for the last match before leaving for Leeds and England, his former teammates start strong: immediately a free-kick from Paredes that gives Di Gregorio the chills, then an insertion into the area by Rabiot that doesn’t find the door. In the 10th minute Juve were frightened by the disadvantage signed by Caprari, but by the Var they canceled due to the irregular position of the attacker himself. The Brianza players realize they can strike and do it again, this time it’s all good: Machin sinks for Ciurria, Kostic misses the cut behind and Palladino can really exult for the 1-0. The bianconeri lost certainties and made too many mistakes again, Monza took advantage of it and doubled their lead in the 39th minute. Carlos Augusto recovers the ball in midfield and has space to advance to the edge of the opponent’s area, then serves Mota who is good at overtaking Szczesny and depositing into the net into an empty net. In the interval Allegri studies a revolution of men and form, Juve returns with a sort of 4-4-2 with the entrances of Locatelli, Soulé and Iling-Junior for Fagioli, Paredes and Kostic. The shock is not seen, at game time the 39,000 at the Stadium ask the team to bring out their attributes and the coach tries to throw Milik into the fray instead of a very booed Kean. Locatelli, Milik and Di Maria find three great answers from Di Gregorio but it is still too little, which is why Allegri also adds Vlahovic to the offensive battery for the last half hour. Bremer scores the hopeful goal in the scrum but it’s offside, on the occasion Milik gets hurt but there are no more substitutions and the bianconeri finish with 10. It is the sign of the definitive surrender, Juve lose their first home match of this championship and slips thirteenth, submerged by the whistles of the Stadium. The thousands of people from Brianza who have arrived in Turin are celebrating, while the ironies about the prizes promised by President Berlusconi in the event of victory over the gangs are starting on social networks. With today’s victory, the Brianza players have already won two against the Bianconeri, who won the first leg at home 1-0 on the debut of former Juventus player Palladino. To whom Allegri could only compliment.
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