Juventus won 2-1 against Salernitana on Serie A Matchday 19 and once again, they left it late to earn something from the game. Nevertheless, credit has to be given to Salernitana, who made the game difficult for the Old Lady.
The hosts took the lead in the 39th minute through Giulio Maggiore. A counter-attacking move down the right-hand side was eventually worked to the midfielder, who finished well from outside of the box. However, he went from hero to zero, as he received his second yellow card early in the second half.
Samuel Iling-Junior got Juventus on their way to a comeback, firing the equaliser home from inside the box. It was Dusan Vlahovic who was the hero at the death, scoring to keep the Bianconeri in the Scudetto race.
It means that Inter’s gap at the top of Serie A is only two points and it seems that the race for the title will go right to the end of the season.
Vlahovic continues to prove his worth
In the summer, it was questioned whether Juventus would be able to keep Vlahovic with their financial problems clear to see. However, this season, he has continually proved why the club were right to keep him.
He started the season very strongly, scoring four times in the first four games. He then struggled with injuries and poor form, but has scored twice and got an assist in the past three games. If Juventus are to catch Inter, they need Vlahovic to stay in form.
With the club’s financial issues, there will again be a debate about whether the Old Lady can afford to keep him, but there has to be another solution to selling Vlahovic.
What is the answer for Salernitana?
Whilst the scoreline will suggest differently, the game did not seem like one that Salernitana would lose for 50 minutes.
The Granata were defensively resolute and offered the visitors little room to attack and credit has to be given to them. The red card completely changed the game, but for a good period, Inzaghi’s side seemed they could earn a result.
This has become a common tale for the Granata. Not getting players sent off would go a long way, but as soon as they went to 10 players, their plan seemed to disappear and panic set in, with Juventus‘s victory seemingly almost inevitable.
Samuel Iling-Junior is still an asset for Juventus
Rumours have been rife regarding Samuel Iling-Junior‘s future, and a move back to England could be back on the cards for him. However, he is still a dangerous player that creates problems for defences, and that is a trait that Juventus need to value.
Financial issues could lead to him being sacrificed in the summer. Regardless of that, though, there is also a need to protect their investments. Filip Kostic is 31 now, and eventually, Massimiliano Allegri will need to find a suitable replacement on the left for him.
Potentially, an answer is closer to home. Iling-Junior has been at the club for three years now and has impressed on several occasions. Whilst there is still a need to sharpen his game in some areas, he cannot become another asset that Juventus let go too soon..