Juventus return to domestic action after a midweek on the continent by hosting an Atalanta team that once again lives in Serie A’s top four on Saturday night.
Juve were branded as “shameless” and “unmanageable” by Italian media in the wake of a humble 4-0 loss at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Bianconeri are already guaranteed a place in the Champions League knockout stages but have some ground to catch up if they are to qualify for the competition via their league position next season.
Here is the line-up Massimiliano Allegri can put in to get within a point from Serie A’s current fourth-placed team, Atalanta.
Sconfitta pesante. Noll alibi. Ora però guardiamo avanti, sabato abbiamo un’altra partita importante. #FinoAllaFine pic.twitter.com/5GtZxww4sj
– Leonardo Bonucci (@ bonucci_leo19) 23 November 2021
Wojciech Szczesny (GK) – After a performance that Juve’s goalkeeper himself described as “tragic”, Szczesny may well be busy trying to prevent another defeat against Serie A’s second most productive shooter this season.
Juan Cuadrado (RB) – In the wake of Danilo’s long absence, exacerbated by Mattia De Sciglio’s own training matches, the natural winger may have to curb his attacking instincts for another week.
Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – Juve’s barely overlooked defensive anchors are worryingly the club’s shared top scorer in Serie A this season with just three goals – two of which he scored last week.
Matthijs de Ligt (CB) – After forming a “relay” (relay rotation) with Giorgio Chiellini during large parts of the campaign, Allegri may have to consistently turn to his Dutch midfielder while his teammate 15 years older in De Ligt recovers from an Achilles injury.
Alex Sandro (LB) – With more completed passes into the penalty area from open play than any other Juve player, the Brazilian defender has emerged as one of Bianconeri’s most creative outfields outside of regular play.
The spirit of Juventus ?? # finoallafine pic.twitter.com/hTEGbFLhMR
– Manuel Locatelli (@ locamanuel73) November 20, 2021
Federico Chiesa (RM) – With just one league goal and as many assists from 11 games, Juve’s highly acclaimed 24-year-old makes, on average, the lowest goal contributions in his budding career to date.
Manuel Locatelli (CM) – The only player who has been in all 18 of Juve’s matches this season will probably not see his league suspended for such a crucial match.
Arthur (CM) – On his only start under the new regime, Arthur scored more goals for the opposition than Juve, but he may get a new break as Allegri continues to look for his ideal combinations across the pitch.
Weston McKennie (LM) – The exterior of the conventional chalk boots, McKennie, has hardly had more minutes than Adrien Rabiot, Rodrigo Bentancur or Federico Bernardeschi this season.
It’s not a better way to celebrate the 124 years of Auguri Juve’s story! E orgoglioso di aver raggiunto la legenda “Le Roi” Platini ⚽️ ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/87iPd6NRPE
– Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) November 2, 2021
Paulo Dybala (ST) – Getting in on a goal or assist every 86 minutes in all competitions this semester, and getting the injured Argentine on the pitch has so far proved fruitful for Juve.
Alvaro Morata (ST) – One of six different Juve players with two goals without penalties in Serie A this season, the constantly sour number nine has not scored any goals at home since consecutive matches in September.