Despite boasting a wealth of attacking talent, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is still working out how to get the best out of his forwards and is instead relying on the rest of the team for goals.
As highlighted by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Old Lady’s strikers have been far from their prolific best but significant contributions from midfield and defence have ensured that Juventus approach the midway point of the season in second place in Serie A.
However, goals are a wider problem for the team and Juventus‘ 26 from their first 17 matches is the second lowest in the top eight of Serie A, behind surprise package Bologna. Indeed, Allegri‘s side have become specialists in winning by the odd goal, most often in 1-0 victories.
Vlahovic and Chiesa unable to inspire blunt attack
With an attacking line-up that can call upon Dusan Vlahovic and Federico Chiesa, signed from Fiorentina for €75 million and €55m respectively, goals should be flowing.
Yet, Vlahovic has only netted twice since the middle of September, whilst Chiesa‘s penalty against Genoa in Matchday 16 was his first goal since September 23. The latter’s strike was the first time that a Juventus forward had scored for more than two months, in a damning indictment of the failure to make the attack work.
Similarly, Arkadiusz Milik‘s contribution stands at two goals this season, with his last strike coming in October, whilst Moise Kean hasn’t troubled the scorers since April. Indeed, Juventus‘ attacking department have only provided 12 goals all season, and have been carried by the rest of the team.
Juventus and AS Roma spreading the goals
Instead, Juventus have been relying on goals from centre-back Federico Gatti, who has struck three times this season, whilst midfielder Adrien Rabiot has matched that tally to assist the Bianconeri.
Fellow midfielders Kenan Yildiz, Manuel Locatelli and Fabio Miretti have netted once apiece this term, whilst Juventus have benefitted from efforts from defenders Danilo, Bremer, Daniele Rugani, and Andrea Cambiaso.
It takes the total of different scorers in the team to 12 players and only AS Roma can better that. However, the Giallorossi have been able to count on seven goals from striker Romelu Lukaku, in addition to four from ex-Juventus man Paulo Dybala and three from Andrea Belotti.