Juventus will not be strengthened by any South American players plus Federico Chiesa in the match against Napoli tonight. Juventus will have an away match in the third week of the 2021-2022 Italian League against the host Napoli.
The Napoli vs Juventus match is scheduled to take place at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, Saturday (11/9/2021) at 23.00 WIB. Napoli will be a tough test for the Old Lady who are trying to improve their start in Serie A this season.
Juventus did start the season slowly. They are winless in their first two matches.After being held to a 2-2 draw by Udinese in the first giornata, I Bianconeri lost 0-1 to promoted Empoli the following week.
However, when trying to get up, Juventus was not even hit by bad news about the availability of players for the match vs Napoli. Juventus only had 17 players available for the match. This is because all players from South America will be absent because they have just returned from international events with their respective countries.
“I decided to leave the South American players at home because they arrived late,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri , as quoted by Football Italia. “Several players finished their international matches at 3am last night and will return to Turin at 11am the next day.”
That means Juventus will be without Paulo Dybala , Danilo, Alex Sandro, Rodrigo Bentancur and Juan Cuadrado , in the match against Il Partenopei. Allegri does not want to take the risk to play his men in Naples because the threat is injury.
“We don’t want to risk them getting injured, so they will stay in Turin to train, that makes more sense,” said the former AC Milan coach.
The international event which is often called the “FIFA virus” has indeed become a scourge for big clubs. Juventus felt it.Their players often have problems with fitness or even get injured after serving the country.
Apart from not being able to include South American players in the match against Napoli, Juventus is also confirmed without Federico Chiesa . Chiesa received a muscle injury while strengthening the Italian national team in the 2022 World Cup Qualification European zone.
Italy only won a 1-1 draw against Bulgaria in the 2022 World Cup Qualification match . Italy had to settle for a 1-1 draw when they hosted Bulgaria at the Artemio Franchi Stadium, Friday (3/9/2021) early morning hrs.
Gli Azzurri had taken the lead thanks to Federico Chiesa’s goal in the 16th minute. However, Bulgaria was able to reply via Atanas Iliev, five minutes before halftime. Thanks to that result, Italy successfully extended their unbeaten record to 35 games in a row. The squad, known as Gli Azzurri (The Blue), has successfully matched a series of unbeaten matches belonging to Brazil (1993-1996) and Spain (2007-2009).
The last time Italy lost was against Portugal (0-1) in the UEFA Nations League in September 2018.The achievement without losing in 35 consecutive matches is quite impressive. However, the failure to win over Bulgaria left disappointed for the Italian players.
“I’m happy with the goal. However, we should have won and failed to make it happen,” said Chiesa responding to Italy’s failure to beat Bulgaria. On the other hand, Italy’s failure to win over Bulgaria seemed to perpetuate an old curse that existed since 1982.
The trend started in 1982 after Enzo Bearzot’s Italian squad won the World Cup in Spain.In the first party after becoming world champions, Gli Azzurri lost 0-1 in a friendly match against Switzerland.
The curse reappeared in 2006. Roberto Donadoni, who took the coaching baton from Marcello Lippi, failed to continue the team’s good momentum after winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Led by Donadoni, Italy surrendered 0-2 to Croatia during their first match by bringing status as 2006 World Cup champions.
This unpleasant trend will be repeated again in 2021. The party against Bulgaria in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers is the first opportunity for Italy, directed by Roberto Mancini, to perform again after winning Euro 2020 last July. Even though they only drew against Bulgaria, Italy is still at the top of Group C of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers in the European Zone with 10 points.