Three takeaways from Hellas Verona 2-2 Juventus: Bianconeri’s title challenge on the brink despite Vlahovic’s return to form

Juventus were held to a draw by relegation-threated Hellas Verona in a result that may have all-but ended their Serie A title challenge, after a fourth successive match without a win.

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Juventus were left frustrated by relegation-threatened Hellas Verona in Matchday 25 of Serie A after a 2-2 draw at the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi on Saturday.

A sensational Michael Folorunsho volley gave the hosts an early lead and despite Dusan Vlahovic netting from the penalty spot, Juventus found themselves trailing again after Tijjani Noslin scored shortly after half-time.

Whilst Adrien Rabiot drew the Old Lady level once more, they couldn’t find a breakthrough and had to settle for a point that does little for their Serie A title prospects.

Juventus defender Federico Gatti passes the ball (@Juventusfcen)

Juventus yielding title to Inter

Juventus arrived at the Bentegodi out of sorts and in desperate need of a win, having only picked up one point from their last three league matches. That run included a costly defeat to leaders Inter and a shock defeat to Udinese, leaving no room for error.

Yet it was another evening of disappointment for Massimiliano Allegri‘s side as they struggled to despatch with a Verona team languishing in the relegation zone and twice had to come from behind just to rescue a point.

With Inter in imperious form and Juventus stalling at the worst possible time, it’s looking increasingly likely that the Turin club’s scudetto push has hit the wall and they will be watching on as their bitter rivals are crowned champions this term.

Indeed, having seemingly been in a two-horse race for the whole season, Juventus could now end Matchday 25 in third place should AC Milan beat Monza.

Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic nets from the penalty spot (@Juventusfcen)

Vlahovic back on form

As the rest of the team hit a slump around him, striker Vlahovic has rediscovered his scoring touch after a barren first half of the campaign and is keeping Juventus in the hunt by himself.

The Serbia international was on target for the seventh time since the turn of the year and is proving deadly in front of goal once more, having only struck five times between August and mid-December.

A lack of attacking options has held Juventus back this season and having Vlahovic back in form will go a long way towards relieving the attacking burden on the team, with Allegri struggling to get the best out of his other strikers.

Juventus forward Kenan Yildiz is held up (@Juventusfcen)

Time to look beyond Allegri?

With just under 18 months remaining on his contract, Allegri wouldn’t be drawn on his future at Juventus in the pre-match press conference, but this recent slump may prompt the hierarchy at the club to consider it for him.

The former Milan tactician has enjoyed far less success in his second stint at the Allianz Stadium and despite navigating the crisis and points deduction last season, has offered little to suggest long-term success is on the horizon.

Indeed, with Juventus banned from European competition this year a clear path to focus on the scudetto was forged, but this has been fumbled. With stale football and trouble getting the best out of stars such as Federico Chiesa, perhaps it is time Juventus looked elsewhere.

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