Today’s Juventus in Nanjing against Inter Milan is the last game before the bianconeri transfer to Seoul, South Korea, for the last Asian Tour game. But in what condition do the bianconeri arrive in Korea for their match against the K-League stars?
What is clear from the two friendlies played until now is that there is still much work to be done, before Juventus will be at their best. The start of the Serie A season is 1 month away so physical form is far from being ideal.
Something is changing though. The way the team plays and moves on the pitch is already different. Until last season the main supplies for the strikers came from the wingers, crossing high balls into the box. In these initial two games there are continuous triangles being created to drive the ball up the pitch. This means avoiding long high balls as much as possible which makes it is very likely that the center forward will no longer Mandzukic.
Gonzalo Higuain is interpreting this role on this Asian tour with good results; we all know though that the argentine striker is likely to move elsewhere in this transfer session. During the Serie A season we might see Paulo Dybala in that position. In that case it be a solution similar to what Sarri did with Mertens at Napoli, or a new striker which is still to be signed.
Something Peculiar About Juventus
Another aspect that I spotted in these two games, is something typical of Maurizio Sarri teams. Juventus plays much better second the halves of the games. Sarri’s Napoli was renown for turning games around in the second halves of games and this has happened in both the Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and Inter game.
So don’t be surprised to see the K-League team start the game stronger and Juventus grow as the game moves on to the latter stages.
About The Players
Looking more in detail to the players, Cristiano Ronaldo started this preseason in fantastic form. He’s scored two goal in two games so far. Demiral is in great form too, as he’s trying to convince the management to keep him in Turin. Rabiot is adapting to his new team and is a very elegant player with a very good vision of play, keep an eye out for him.
After the South Korean visit Juventus will return to Turin where they will complete their physical training, which is much needed to reach peak of form in the crutial stages of the season.