Juventus have no personality or quality and they regularly make defensive mistakes – this is a crisis

VIEW FROM ITALY: Juventus have no personality or quality, they constantly make defensive mistakes and have NOTHING in attack… even Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp couldn’t fix the mess we saw at Chelsea


Juventus is in such a crisis that not even Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola can save anything from this group of players.

Tuesday night’s Champions League clash at Chelsea was historic, but for all the wrong reasons: it was the Old Lady’s biggest European defeat in over 20 years – and their biggest ever loss in Europe’s premier club competition.

A 4-0 Drubbing by Celta Vigo in the fourth round of the UEFA Cup in March 2000 led to a tactical and psychological change in Turin and three years later Juventus were back-to-back champions again.

But the difference between that team and the one that stumbled to European champions Chelsea this week and inflicted a defeat on the same scoreline is that this squad simply does not have a player of personality or quality capable of bringing glory to the club.

Juventus were crushed 4-0 by Chelsea on Tuesday, their worst European defeat in 40 years

Massimiliano Allegri's game plan backfired in West London and his side was embarrassed

Massimiliano Allegri’s game plan backfired in West London and his side was embarrassed

It is perhaps symbolic that Cristiano Ronaldo, the talisman Juventus was so eager to change this summer, helped Manchester United out of their own desperate attempt at Villarreal – just minutes before Juve took the field at Stamford Bridge. How the Italian giants could have done with the Portuguese icon in West London.

And if Juventus want to achieve anything this season, they need a new top. Reports in Italy claim Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic is the answer and a £45m bid is being prepared – but at the moment the focus is on how bad the Old Lady’s spine was in London.

Left-back Alex Sandro falters across the field, easily losing possession and trying to cut right in, which makes little sense and doesn’t benefit his teammates.

Left-back Alex Sandro (center, left) was one of Juventus' worst performers in West London

Left-back Alex Sandro (center, left) was one of Juventus’ worst performers in West London

Rodrigo Bentancur and Adrien Rabiot are the Laurel & Hardy of the team and not in a positive way: they are clumsy, indecisive and the fear in their eyes is as clear as day.

Meanwhile, striker Alvaro Morata – who had plenty to prove against former club Chelsea on Tuesday night – is beaten by central defender Leonardo Bonucci. That pretty much says it all with the Spaniard, and Juventus fans aren’t happy with the man filling Ronaldo’s void.

All four are not good enough to play for the old lady, but they are regulars on the team nonetheless. Defensive mistakes like Weston McKennie’s for Chelsea’s fourth goal scored by Timo Werner come when manager Massimiliano Allegri refuses to drop stars over poor performances.

Alvaro Morata had something to prove at former club Chelsea, but is currently missing goals

Alvaro Morata had something to prove at former club Chelsea, but is currently missing goals

Allegri needs to repair his spine, but his tactical nose also needs a look. The Italian coach set up his team with a wall of four central midfielders – McKennie, Manuel Locatelli, Bentancur and Rabiot – in front of his backline, but this structure collapsed in west London.

McKennie and Rabiot were the more offensive options looking to give the team breadth, but neither player attempted a single dribble the entire game. Defending duo Bentancur and Locatelli failed to make a single tackle or interception respectively in their hour-long stints on the Stamford Bridge pitch.

Come on, the Juventus attackers are blunt in the final third. In Serie A, the Old Lady scored just 18 goals throughout the period – the same as the mid-range club, which was in Italy’s second division last season.

The conservative four-man wall in Juventus' midfield has been cut open too many times by Chelsea

The conservative four-man wall in Juventus’ midfield has been cut open too many times by Chelsea

There have also been no set pieces this season, with the club counting on Paulo Dybala for creativity from blind spots.

Even Ronaldo scored just one free kick in Turin, showing that there is a systematic problem at Juventus.

Say what you will about the quality of the players, but Allegri’s game plan did not exist and was a tactical disaster that gave Chelsea a crushing victory over Thomas Tuchel.

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