Juventus have been handed an unwelcome reminder of who they have been missing this season during the second-half of their Serie A clash against Spezia on Wednesday.
The Old Lady failed to win the league for the first time since 2011, despite Cristiano Ronaldo being the top scorer with 29 goals from 33 matches.
The results were not as expected after the departure of Andrea Pirlo, and the return of Massimiliano allegri. Two defeats and two draws have left them in the relegation zone, just before Wednesday’s win.
They were trying to be five points ahead of Turin giants Spezia when they faced them. However, Juventus reacted quickly to Moise Kean’s opening goal.
The goal came from Ghana international forward Emmanuel Gyasi, who has managed 17 league goals for the club since his move from Pistoiese back in 2016.
Although he lost to Wojciech Skzesny due to a defection his victory celebration was memorable. He had taken inspiration from Ronaldo, Manchester United’s new-boy.
Leaping into space, the 27 year-old spun and uncrossed both his arms, something Ronaldo did since his time with Real Madrid.
Janis Antiste then put the home team ahead. However, Juventus won 3-2 through Federico Chiesa, Matthijs De Ligt, and Matthijs Del Ligt.
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At the weekend Allegri had aimed a rant at his players during their draw against Milan, which handed the club their worst league start in over 60 years.
The 54-year-old was caught saying : “F***’s sake! You are playing for Juve!”
Euro 2020 star Chiesa was then singled out by his manager, whom he had brought on to go and win the fixture.
He said of the Italy international: “He entered in a difficult moment of the game. I needed him to bring the ball to the opponent’s half. He must grow and become aware of what he can do, because we are at Juventus.”
Adding: “I will admit that I made mistakes on the substitutions. I made a mistake. I should have placed more defensive players on the field and kept the 1-0 lead under lock-and-key. I am responsible for this.
“If you don’t realise that you must put all personal issues aside, work as a full-back even if you’re a striker, then you won’t bring these results home. All we’ll remember is that we threw away two points.
“Luckily the referee whistled for the end, otherwise we could have lost it.”