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Juventus, Gazzetta: “Locatelli returns, Allegri must enhance him”

JUVENTUS, GAZZETTA – As the Gazzetta reports today, Juventus finds Locatelli on the pitch in an important way.

Juventus, Gazzetta: “Locatelli returns, Allegri must enhance him”

“Manuel Locatelli. There is one fact that most of all explains the involution of one of the most promising Italian midfielders and it is the difference in his distribution of the game from Sassuolo to Juventus. In two years, Locatelli has gone from over 71 successful passes in black and green to less than 30 in black and white. Too big a difference to be explained by the player’s form or performance alone. The party of the anti Massimiliano Allegri, growing in consensus in a complicated moment for the Livorno coach, would apply the most classic of reductio ad unum: the problem lies in the handle. Or rather, in the game ideas of the coaches. At Sassuolo, with Roberto De Zerbi, Locatelli had grown a lot compared to his debut with Milan. Today, he has dropped in practically all statistics, both offensive and defensive: steals (from 7,03 to 4,4 per game), tackles won (from 1,38 to 0,8), intercepted balls (from 1,5 to 0,8), opportunities created (from 1,12 to 0,6), successful dribbles (from 0,79 to 0,6), percentage of positive passes (from 88,2% to 82,3%), verticalizations ( from 25,44 to 9,4) fouls suffered (from 1,41 to 0,2) and shots (from 1,2 to 0,6). And the numbers of last season, although slightly better than the current one, still do not reach the levels of the golden period in Emilia. Putting all the blame on Max, however, seems too simplistic. It is normal for the ball at Juve to be more hot than in the provinces, even if we are talking about a European champion who made his debut at the age of 18 at San Siro with the Milan shirt ”.

Christian Marangio

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