Padraig Whelan·5 June 2023
Padraig Whelan·5 June 2023
The 2022/23 season will be remembered for a long time by Juventus fans but not for all the right reasons.
Serie A – 7th
What a rollercoaster. Juventus went from the bottom half to second, then down to seventh, with erratic form and their capital gains punishment contributing to their ever fluctuating positions.
Admittedly, had they not suffered their points deduction, they would have ended up securing Champions League football for next season, although it still wouldn’t have been regarded as a successful campaign.
Champions League – Group stage
An abject failure.
Finishing third with just three points from a group featuring Benfica, PSG and Maccabi Haifa and only securing Europa League football on goal difference was not good enough.
Europa League – Semi-final
After squeezing past Haifa to secure European football after Christmas, the Old Lady charged past Nantes, Freiburg and Sporting CP before missing out after extra-time at the semi-final stage against competition experts and eventual winners Sevilla.
Coppa Italia – Semi-final
Juve disposed of Monza and Lazio at home to set up a tense Derby d’Italia Coppa semi-final against Inter, who came out on top 2-1 on aggregate on their way to lifting the trophy.
It hasn’t been a season of standouts for men in black-and-white but after three frustrating hit-and-miss years in Turin, Rabiot put in his best and most consistent campaign to date in Italy.
His physicality, passing range and quality in the final third (he finished up with 11 goals and five assists) all came to the fore for Massimiliano Allegri.
This looked like it was set to be the turning point in Juventus’ season when they went to a packed San Siro in March and did the double over old rivals Inter with a well-taken Filip Kostić strike.
It moved them back to within two points of the top four even with their 10-point deduction and there was hope that a fire had been lit under the side and they would secure Champions League football even if the courts didn’t side with them.
Unfortunately, they won just one of the next five (losing three) as things went off the rails.
The Serbian striker has received his share of criticism (merited or otherwise) this season but still ended up as the Bianconeri’s main marksman.
He managed 10 in 22 Serie A starts and a further four across the European competitions for a total of 14.
This has been one of the positives for Juventus in a season of turmoil. Allegri has given plenty of youngsters or squad players an opportunity to impress during the turbulent times.
Fabio Miretti, Samuel Iling-Junior, Federico Gatti, Matìas Soulé, Nicolò Rovella, Enzo Barrenchea and Tommaso Barbieri have all been handed opportunities at various points.
But the standout has been 22-year-old midfielder Fagioli, who has rarely let the side down and deserves the chance to be a big part of the club’s rebuild.
A very good question.
A quieter transfer window is anticipated as a result of the lack of Champions League revenue, which La Gazzetta dello Sport report will result in losses of at least €50m, requiring a period of downsizing.
Arthur, Denis Zakaria, Weston McKennie and Dejan Kulusevksi are all up for sale having spent the season on loan in England, while Ángel Di María and Vlahović could also follow.
However, Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli’s anticipated arrival gives hope for the future given how good a job he has performed with limited resources at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
But the other big uncertainty at the club is over Allegri. He insists he has no plans to depart. But do the club share that sentiment?