Locatelli reserves, Allegri’s words trigger criticism

Locatelli reserves, Allegri’s words trigger criticism
Locatelli reserves, Allegri’s words trigger criticism
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The interview with Massimiliano Allegri issued to Mario Sconcerti on the columns of the Corriere della Sera is causing discussion for various reasons, but among the various points that are creating some controversy there are revelations of the technician of the Juventus on Manuel Locatelli.

Locatelli, from important engagement to reserve

Premise: the European champion midfielder arrived in Turin last season through a free loan from Sassuolo, with a two-year formula and obligation to redeem 25 million plus 12.5 from any bonuses. In the 2021-2022 championship the 1998 class made a total of 43 appearances between Serie A and Cups against 3 goals, while this season we have 6 appearances and zero hits.

But Locatelli’s presence on the field is actually also the result of a Juventus that in this start of the season had to face a series of unforeseen events that undermined Allegri’s tactical plans, first and foremost the injuries of the valuable pieces hired this year. how Pogba. The Tuscan coach in fact aimed to exploit Locatelli as a first reserve in the midfield department, as suggested in the interview with Sconcerti: “Juve had been conceived in another way. With Rabiot-Paredes-Pogba in midfield plus Locatelli to make the first to take over. Di Maria and Chiesa on the wings, Vlahovic in the middle. Juve is now virtual ”.

Allegri’s “virtual” Juventus and tactical uncertainties

At the moment Rabiot is injured due to a muscle problem in his left calf, and Locatelli himself is also struggling with a physical headache (he missed the matches against Salernitana, Benfica and Monza, and we will see him again on the pitch after the national team break. ). But Allegri’s words make it clear that the European champion in the original plans was a reserve, and instead in this start of the championship, given the other absences of his colleagues who ended up in the infirmary (primarily Pogba), he covered the leaks both in the median in the midfield to three – as we have seen against Sassuolo, or against Roma – than in the central band in a four-way grid.

Locatelli therefore had his place in the sun before the injury, but it is striking that it was a last resort exploited by an Allegri who did not intend to consider the Italian player as a primary resource, in spite of the investment made by Juve ( and of the consideration we have for the young players of our home).

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Chorus of criticisms on Allegri’s words regarding Locatelli

On the internet, comments have been wasted, most of them critical. Jacopo Azzolini tweets: “The part about Locatelli is still hallucinating. Both because he prefers Rabiot, and because he publicly tells the world that he is a reserve, demeaning the player ”. Giuventinismo adds to the dose: “Take Pogba and Di Maria (35) and then complain that they get hurt. You complain that there is no imagination in the last 30 meters and you do not renew Dybala – You complain that there is no thrust on the flanks and you renew De Sciglio. You ridicule Locatelli by belittling him ”, closing with an insult addressed to the technician which we obviously omit.

Gab analyzes: “Locatelli bought for 40M, after a year he is a player completely devalued and today labeled by Allegri himself as a reserve. On the other hand, in his hands the fate can only be that, there is not one that he has been able to exploit since his return “. Sofi is bitter: “Imagine Locatelli reading the interview where his coach tells the whole world that he does not consider him the owner, after he himself made him devalue by making him always play out of role, not putting him in a position to improve”. B. replies, broadening the discussion: “If it were only Locatelli. He said he lacked 5 starters and added ‘there are no players on the pitch’. In practice, with these words and defining Juve as ‘virtual’ he said that the material he has at his disposal is shit. For heaven’s sake, many are but don’t tell Sconcerti ”. And finally, Valerio Amadei argues: “I don’t know and I don’t even want to know what Locatelli is thinking right now. Paid 40 million, also at the request of Allegri, to be told a year later that he is a reserve. Many do not realize how much Allegri is devaluing every player in the squad ”.

The article is in Italian

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