Three takeaways from Genoa 1-1 Juventus: Advantage Inter as Bianconeri’s lack of goal threat exposed

Juventus were held by Genoa in Matchday 16 of Serie A as Dusan Vlahovic failed to score again, giving Inter the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table.


Juventus were held to a 1-1 draw by Genoa at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Matchday 16 of Serie A on Friday evening.

Federico Chiesa had given the Old Lady the lead from the penalty spot after being brought down in the box midway through the first half.

However, Genoa striker Albert Gudmundsson netted an equaliser for the Grifone early in the second half and Juventus were unable to find a winner, leaving them in second place in the Serie A table.

Juventus leave door open for Inter

After Napoli ran away with the Serie A title last season, this year’s scudetto fight looks set to be a far closer battle but Juventus’ draw at the Marassi firmly hands the advantage to Inter.

The Nerazzurri have been in scintillating form but have struggled to shake off a functional if unspectacular Juventus side, but the dropped points against Genoa gives Inter the chance to move four points clear.

Juventus have a favourable run-in though, with only AS Roma amongst the European challengers to face the Bianconeri over the coming weeks until a crunch clash against Inter in early February. As frustrating as the draw in Genoa may be, Juventus must move past it and ensure they keep up the pace with Inter.

Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic (@JuventusFC)

Attacking limitations exposed

Despite finding themselves in second place, Juventus have far from caught the eye and they lack the attacking vigour of some of their rivals. Indeed, coach Massimiliano Allegri has forged their title challenge on grinding out narrow and low-scoring wins.

Yet their luck finally ran out against Genoa, with Chiesa‘s penalty and a late Bremer header the only real chances of note and striker Dusan Vlahovic struggling to make an impact once again. The Serbia international has only scored once since mid-September and the €70 million man is not providing the goals needed.

Juventus must find a spark in attack over the coming months if they are to push forward and sustain their title bid.

Juventus winger Federico Chiesa scores from the penalty spot (@juventusfcen)

Bianconeri’s positive season

After an extremely underwhelming season that saw them struggle with issues on and off the pitch, most notably being hit with a 10-point deduction last term, Juventus are slowly getting back on track but their slip up in Genoa was indicative of a team with some way to go.

The 37 points amassed so far from just 16 games is only one short of what they reached at the midway point of last season with three games to spare, but challenging Inter for the Serie A title will require victories in all matches against bottom half clubs in the second half of the season.

However, aided by a one-year ban from participating in European competition, the Turin club have benefitted from a lighter schedule and can make it count by focusing entirely on their Serie A campaign. This could prove pivotal in the second half of the season as the Old Lady’s squad remains fresh whilst Inter battle through the latter stages of the Champions League.


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