This season has been quite a disappointing season for Juventus. Together with coach Massimiliano Allegri, the Bianconeri failed to win a trophy.
In Serie A, Juventus can no longer compete in the race for the Scudetto. In the Supercoppa Italiana final, Juventus were defeated by Inter Milan 1-2 in extra time. In the Champions League, Juventus were eliminated by Villarreal in the round of 16. In the Coppa Italia final, Juventus were also defeated by Inter in extra time with a score of 2-4.
Juventus director Pavel Nedved has reportedly complained to club president Andrea Agnelli about Allegri’s incompetence. Nedved’s disappointment is also in line with the majority of Bianconeri supporters.
However, Agnelli is said to not be sacking Allegri. He will continue to manage Juventus next season.
Reported by Football Italia, there are at least three reasons underlying Agnelli’s decision.
Still Believe Allegri
The first reason is that Agnelli still believes in Allegri. Agnelli believes that Allegri is still the most suitable person to handle the Bianconeri.
As is known, Juventus left by Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United at the beginning of the season. Losing a goalscorer like Ronaldo has put Juventus in quite a difficult situation.
In a transitional period like this, the work of the coach who had brought Juventus to 11 championship titles was also considered not entirely disappointing.
This season is the first of Allegri’s second spell at Juventus. By the club, he is contracted until 2025.
Juventus gave Allegri €7 million per season plus bonuses. The contract is quite expensive.
If Juventus sack Allegri after only one season, then the compensation they have to pay is quite large.
Qualify for Champions League
Juventus‘ journey this season has encountered many obstacles. Apart from being left behind by Cristiano Ronaldo, even though Juventus did not prepare a replacement, they are also often hit by a storm of injuries.
One of the players whose injury made Juventus lose a lot is Federico Chiesa.
These situations have a major impact on Allegri’s work in concocting teams to get optimal results. However, even so, Allegri is still able to bring Juventus to a confirmed top four finish in Serie A and qualify for the Champions League next season.
It’s natural that Agnelli still believes in his abilities.
According to Olivier Giroud, Inter Milan’s defeat of Bologna became a motivation for AC Milan to embrace the Scudetto. Now, their fate is in their own hands.
Olivier Giroud admits AC Milan is getting excited after Inter Milan‘s defeat. Milan is now in full control of the Scudetto competition.
The Rossoneri benefited after Inter’s surprise loss at Bologna 1-2. The defeat keeps Milan’s throne safe with a two-point advantage over their city rivals.
Milan will try to defend Capolista when they host Fiorentina at the San Siro on Sunday (1/5/2022) night WIB. Stefano Pioli’s team must maximize this opportunity by taking full points.
However, La Viola is a bit tricky for AC Milan. In the last five meetings between the two clubs, Milan have only won twice and have lost twice and drawn once. On the other hand, Milan have only won once in their last three home matches against Fiorentina.
Giroud revealed that Milan were motivated after Inter lost to Bologna. Now Milan must be fully concentrated to win the next match.
“I think we have everything to win,” Giroud told Sport Mediaset. “We can’t hide and we are very focused on Sunday’s game against Fiorentina.”
Ivan Perisic’s early goal was met by Marko Arnautovic’s header, then late in the match Ionut Radu made a blunder from a throw-in which allowed Nicola Sansone to capitalize on the mistake from one meter.
AC Milan turned things around with a comeback win in extra time to keep the Scudetto chances. The game against Lazio Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday (25.04.2022). This early hours of the 34th matchday of the Serie A 2021-2022 season.
In that game, Lazio replaced the team they had previously played against Torino. And AC Milan also made changes to the team that previously played against Inter Milan.
Lazio scored the first goal through Ciro Immobile. But AC Milan then managed to win back two goals through Olivier Giroud and Sandro Tonali.
AC Milan trailed Lazio 1-0 in the first half.
Lazio immediately kicked the AC Milan defense from the start. They scored immediately in the fourth minute through Ciro Immobile.
Sergey Milinkovic-Savic successfully broke through Milan’s left defense line. Also sent a pull hook to the center of the penalty area. The ball was then caught by Immobile, who got rid of Karuku defender. 1:0!
Milan tried to get revenge. In the 17th minute, Giroud received a cross from Messiah and scored with a header. Unfortunately, the ball still missed the shot.
In the 23rd minute, a counterattack gave Lazio a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Immobile had a chance to break through the Milan defense after receiving a breakthrough pass in the middle. But the chance was thwarted by an accurate tackle from Maignan, which came off the net.
Milan then got Leo’s chance in the 27th minute. He broke through the right flank of the Lazio defense. But his shot went wide. Less than a minute later, Leo opened up to Casey. But the Ivorian player’s shot was too weak and went straight into Strakosha Arms.
In the 31st minute, Leo threatened again. He penetrated from the left flank and fired from outside the box. But Strakosha can still hold the ball with ease.
Milan continued to attack Lazio’s defense. They often attack from the left. In the 43rd minute, Theo Hernandez’s free kick created another chance. But the ball can still be driven by Strakosha. In the end, it wasn’t until the end of the first half that AC Milan got the answer. Lazio temporarily lead 1-0.
Lazio’s Full Pressure Continues in the Second Half
In the second half, Lazio tried to attack again. They want to stay ahead. But AC Milan equalized in the 50th minute. Leo broke through Lazio right defense. He then sends the bait into the middle of the box. Giroud hits the ball at the near post and hits the net! 1-1
In the 59th minute, Messiah got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He got Leao’s mature pass from the left flank. The Brazilian went unmarked at the far post, but his left-footed shot missed Strakosha’s right. In the 61st minute, Milan had another chance. This time from the Messiah. He drove in from the left flank and was able to fire at the far post. Unfortunately, the ball is still inaccurately shooting off the field time and time again.
After a few substitutions, Lazio performance began to improve. Milan then responded with Ante Rebic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They replaced Brahim Diaz and Olivier Giroud.
The game was pretty tough back then. Milan then got a once-in-a-lifetime chance in the 83rd minute. This opportunity was obtained through Leo’s actions again. He entered the penalty area and hit his left foot. But Strakosha can still push the ball out of the field. Less than a minute later, Rebic pushed hard from outside the penalty area. But the ball through the bottom right corner of the goal can be pushed past the goal again by Strakosha.
Extra Time That Decide AC Milan Victory
In the 89th minute, Ibrahimovic got a good chance. He stood freely around the box and shot hard. But the ball went wide after being blocked by one of Lazio’s defenders.
90+2 minutes. Milan finally managed to get back to Lazio’s goal. Her pressing allowed Rebic to snatch the ball away from Lazio’s left-winger. The ball was then thrown into the penalty area, but the home defender failed to block it properly.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic then returned the ball to the center of the box. There’s Sandro Tonali. He had tried to be driven away by Strakosha. However, Tonali can still score with his right foot. Target! 1-2
This goal also continued until the end of the game. Lazio lost 1-2 to AC Milan. With this result, Milan now has 74 points from 34 games. And is at the top of the Serie A table for the 2021-22 season, while Lazio is seventh with 56 points.
The line-up for Lazio vs AC Milan:
Lazio (4-3-3): Thomas Strakosha; Manuel Lazzari, Patrick, Francesco Acerbi, Stefan Radu; Sergei Milinkovic-Savic, Lukas Leyva, Luiz Alberto; Felipe Anderson, Ciro Immobile and Mattia Zaccani.
Coach: Maurizio Sarri
AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Mike Meignan; Davide Calabria (c), Pierre Kalulu Kyatengwa, Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Sandro Tonali, Frank Casey; Junior Messi Ya, Bracin Diaz, Rafael Leo; Oliver Giroud.