Three key features of Allegri’s ‘new Juventus’: Can the Bianconeri be serious Serie A title challengers?

It's still early, but Juventus are showing signs of being a bit different under Massimiliano Allegri this season. From their approach to defending to their use of the ball, there have already been some notable changes.

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With Juventus coming off the back of a troubled 2022/23 season, the Bianconeri faced a great deal of scepticism heading into the new term as questions were raised around whether they would be capable of being significant contenders for the Serie A title in 2023/24.

Following their first two Serie A fixtures of the new season, Massimiliano Allegri’s side have shown signs of being rejuvenated. On Matchday 1 they showed their strength as they steamrolled their way past Udinese in a dominant 3-0 victory at the Dacia Arena. They grabbed a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Bologna in their home opener at the Allianz Stadium.

Federico Chiesa and Dusan Vlahovic celebrate for Juventus. (@juventusfc)

La Gazzetta dello Sport have highlighted a number of key features of this year’s Juventus.

Federico Chiesa’s new role

With Federico Chiesa fully at the disposal of Allegri after having had injury concerns last season, the coach has looked to use the 25-year-old as a second striker alongside Dusan Vlahovic, rather than out wide as a wing-back like last season. As a result, Chiesa has found himself in a position where he is able to fully express himself on the pitch and offer more to the cause.

The former Fiorentina attacker has shown himself to be direct and relentless in the final third, boasting an ability like few other Serie A players to cause havoc and create chances.

His goal against Udinese on the opening day of the season showed how much of a difference-maker he can be for Juventus.

More pressing and more aggressive, front-foot defending

Federico Chiesa celebrates for Juventus against Udinese. [@juventusfcen]

Allegri is slowly beginning to abandon his low block when it comes to defending and is now demanding his players to press higher up the pitch when without the ball.

Consequently, Juventus have become aggressive and no longer wait for their opponents to come forward. Instead, they quickly push forward as a defensive unit in order to recover the ball in their opponents’ half.

Chiesa‘s goal in the second minute against the Zebrette is a great indication of the adjustments made by Allegri, as Vlahovic intercepted a pass and found his strike partner with a sublime pass for the Italian to finish.

A more positive approach and going for goals

Timothy Weah in action for Juventus. (@juventusfc)

Juventus look more menacing in possession this season and appear more refined and energetic when on the attack.

Allegri‘s men move forward towards goal swiftly with direct vertical passes through the middle and along the flanks in order to break the lines and create chances.

Paul Pogba‘s exquisite pass down the wing to Samuel Iling-Junior against Bologna is just one example of the Bianconeri’s more forward-thinking approach when on the attack. Pogba‘s ball got things going in a move that ended with Vlahovic heading home the equaliser after a fine centre from the Englishman.

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