Club Focus – Juventus – From the sublime to the ridiculous there is only one step, and Ferrara found it

It is strange to think that this was the same team that superbly defeated Sampdoria a mere few months ago as we now watch them tumble down a well of ludicrousness. What a hideous game that epitomises the hideous season Juventus have had so far. For those feeling positive, I urge you to turn and look away now, this Club Focus is not for you. For those feeling a similar state of depression who only wish to wallow in self pity, read on. The Old Lady appears to have entered into a tunnel that has no light at the end of it and barring a massive overhaul of players, Coaches and management, it is difficult to see how this team can pick itself up and dust off the failure that has encompassed it.

Everything from the ridiculous injuries sustained to the dreadful tactics from the incompetent Coach has brought this Old Lady down to her knees. As to be expected, management will probably revert to a short term solution, a Coach who would at least salvage a top four place for the team and then be on his way in the summer. Once they have secured his services, chances are they will be noting down the players they wish to sign over the summer and those they wish to sell before even giving another thought to who their actual long-term Coach will be or what his thoughts are regarding transfer market activity. Having an inexperienced management is one thing but having an inexperienced management that is in denial about their lack of footballing knowledge is quite another.

It is becoming increasingly monotonous and repetitive to keep pointing out where Ferrara is going wrong and what needs to be done. What more can you really say about a man who makes even Massimo Moratti look like a cleverer tactician? Sunday night’s game really makes you wonder what type of preparation he puts his team through before a big match. Does he actually study the opponent? Is he aware of the best ways to stifle their strengths and exploit their weaknesses? Does he even communicate tactics to his team or does he merely choose a formation, tell them what it is and then make them run around the pitch for four hours or so a day? Anyone including his grandmother would have known that Milan’s weakness lies in the inexperience of their full-backs. If he really wanted Juventus to score then he should have told the Bianconeri to initiate their attacks on the wings. But wait – with a treatment room packed full of midfielders and a summer transfer campaign that excluded the necessary purchase of wingers, attacking through the wings has become impossible.

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With all sorts of players played out of position, full-backs that remained largely anonymous throughout the match and a striker who would miss even if he was alone in front of an open goal, it is no wonder Juventus could not score. Poor Diego, he thought Juventus would catapult him into legendary status – hardly possible when every time he finds himself at the top and in a dangerous position, there was no support or Bianconero available to help him penetrate. As for the defence – God save Giorgio Chiellini should be the anthem of Juventini worldwide. Had it not been for the sublime performance of the centre-back, the Bianconeri were looking at a record defeat by a side that was hardly impressive on the night. Conversely, Felipe Melo certainly wins the award for flop of the match. It is delightfully ghastly to think of the exorbitant amount of money spent on a defensive midfielder who is unable to clear such an easy ball that led to Milan’s first goal. The only thing left for him to have done on the night was run with the ball and score an own goal. And to top things off, Christian Poulsen, a once-upon-a-time flop turned good has now been ruled out for near future.

Barring the almost comical mistakes of the defence that gifted the opposition three goals, the most shocking aspect of the game was the speed with which Juventus relinquished the fight and succumbed to a Milanese win. After conceding the second goal, the players seemed to have lost the will to carry on and barely any were interested in staging a historic comeback. You know you are in trouble when the likes of Cagliari can score two in stoppage time to salvage a point against Roma and when the multi-million pound Juve team playing at home can barely summon the energy to limit the amount of goals conceded. A new Coach is not going to solve all the problems in Turin but it would sure be a good way to start to limit the amount of humiliation this Old Lady has suffered.

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Juventus Club Focus 2009/10

Week 1


Great expectations
– August 21, 2009

Week 2


When in Rome
– August 28, 2009


The decline and fall of the Roman Empire
– September 1, 2009


World Champions – One in, one out, one remembered
– September 4, 2009

International week (Georgia-Italy, Italy-Bulgaria)


Children should be seen, not heard
– September 7, 2009

Week 3


Diego lost to injury in victorious Roman repeat
– September 15, 2009


The reserves exposed
– September 18, 2009

Week 4


Transforming the formation
– September 23, 2009

Week 5


The cruel blow of lady injustice
– September 25, 2009

Week 6


Haunted by the ghost of last year’s defence
– September 29, 2009


We’re meant to be happy with one point?
– October 2, 2009

Week 7


Is it now time to be negative?
– October 6, 2009


Ferrara: public enemy #1
– October 9, 2009


Bad or just misunderstood?
– October 13, 2009


Let the bitterness commence
– October 16, 2009

Week 8


Oh Ferrara, will you ever learn?
– October 20, 2009


Ferrara, thank you for listening
– October 23, 2009

Week 9


Sampdoria will provide the real test
– October 27, 2009


Introducing the real Juve
– October 30, 2009

Week 11


Why are we not surprised?
– November 3, 2009


The many faces of Juve
– November 6, 2009

Week 12


A team of hyperboles
– November 10, 2009

Week 13


And we’re back
– November 20, 2009


Del Piero returns as subordinate players give encouraging displays
– November 24, 2009


Failure reverberates throughout the club
– November 24, 2009

Week 14


Is it all over?
– December 1, 2009

Week 15


Oh Lord, make our enemies ridiculous
– December 4, 2009


Destroy Bayern and we will really start to believe
– December 8, 2009

Week 16


Humiliation is the beginning of sanctification or so they say
– December 11, 2009


Sanctification is going to have to wait
– December 15, 2009

Week 17


Deliver us from disgrace
– December 18, 2009


Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get up
– December 22, 2009

Winter Break


Less talk and more action
– December 29, 2009


Change is all we wanted for Christmas
– January 5, 2010

Week 18


Does this mean we have to keep him?
– January 8, 2010

Week 19


From the sublime to the ridiculous there is only one step, and Ferrara found it b>
– January 12, 2010

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