Dusan Vlahovic have scored 20 goals in 24 matches for Fiorentina this season. After the move to Juventus for 75 million euros, only seven goals were added. An Italian striker legend in particular blames Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri.
As Italy’s legendary striker Christian Vieri on Tuesday from it Gazzetta dello Sport was asked to nominate the best striker of the current season in Serie A, said Vieri: Dusan Vlahovic – in the version of the striker in his time at Fiorentina. And not Dusan Vlahovic, who has been up and running at Juventus since January.
Vlahovic have scored 17 goals in 21 league games for Fiorentina this season, plus three Coppa Italia goals in three games. Since switching to Italian record champions Juventus for 75 million euros, Vlahovic’s first goal in the Champions League came in his first match, but otherwise only six goals in 13 league matches.
In the Italian Cup, where Vlahovic and Juve will face Vecchia Signora’s last chance for the title this season in the final of the Derby d’Italia on Wednesday (21.00, LIVETICKER), Vlahovic has been goalless in three matches so far.
For Vieri, the reason for the drop in Vlahovic’s hit rate is very simple: “If you play on a team that plays poorly, you also play poorly,” said the former Juve striker. Gazzetta.
Juventus: Outdated and pragmatic football under Allegri
Sure: It’s a fact that Juventus have never played really well under Massimiliano Allegri this season. After a disastrous start to the season and a very mediocre first half of the season – Juve were seventh at Christmas – the returning to Juve’s coaching staff chose a rather outdated and extremely pragmatic tactical approach after Vlahovic’s arrival to bring Juve to Serie A.
In fact, Juve never played really well or even spectacularly, but with two games left, the Italian record champions are number four and are therefore already secured a place in the Champions League.
For Antonio Cassano, another legendary Italian striker who has never played for Juventus but who has never lost strong theses, the question of guilt is obvious: “Juve do not know how to play football. When it comes to building a team, Allegri can do not give you anything I have said that since September it will be the same next season, “he stressed on Vieris Twitch channel BoboTV.
In his time at AC Milan (2011 – 2012) – Allegri was the coach at the time – it was not the head coach who set the tactics, but his assistant Mauro Tassotti.
According to Cassano, the only reason Juve finished fourth was that Juventus spent “100 million euros” this winter. In light of this, fourth place is disappointing. And Vlahovic? Allegri ruined it. Cassano’s conclusion: “Allegri has to go”
Vlahovic in a statistic is the worst player in Serie A.
In fact, Vlahovic’s arrival was not a key factor in Juve’s resurgence. Although he scored a goal after just 13 minutes in his debut and even needed just 32 seconds for his debut goal in the Champions League, the Serbian national team player was often unlucky.
Thanks in large part to his sensational goal scoring at Fiorentina, Vlahovic is still second in Serie A with 23 goals behind the immortal Ciro Immobile (27), but otherwise the 22-year-old striker’s data is rather disillusioning:
- No player in Serie A lost the ball so often this season (392 turnovers), only four players in Europe’s top 5 leagues were worse here (1st place: Jose Louis Sanmartin Mato from Deportivo Alaves).
- Only 39 percent of Vlahovic’s passes into the penalty area arrived. For comparison: Erling Haaland, with whom Vlahovic was often compared in his Fiorentina version, brings 71 percent of his passes to the man in the penalty area.
- In Florence, Vlahovic averaged a goal every 102 minutes. At Juve, it’s one every 206 minutes. His closing hit rate has dropped from 22.99 percent to 12.5 percent.
- In addition, Vlahovic makes on average fewer shots on goal (3.6 to 3.1) and shots on goal (6.1 to 5.9).
Juve: Vlahovic replaced by Giorgio Chiellini
No wonder there was a lot of ridicule when he was replaced by defender Giorgio Chiellini in the recent match against Venice: It was seen as an absurd example of how little he fits into Allegri’s idea of football.
But is it really up to the coach? Or is Vlahovic not as far as one assumed after his fantastic first half of the season in Florence? At the time, the Serb was not only playing into the Juve scouts’ notebooks, but also aroused interest at BVB and Tottenham Hotspur. And when asked who could one day replace Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich, Vlahovic was mentioned again and again.
Like Juve expert Fabio Licari in Gazzetta wrote on Monday, “the best number 9 in the league is still a foreign body in Juve”.
The game at Juve obviously brings a completely different kind of pressure. “Dusan needs time,” said former Bianconeri and FC Bayern Munich center-back Medhi Benatia Gazzetta. “When you arrive in Turin, you need to be familiar with the weight of the shirt you are wearing, regardless of your salary or price tag.”
Benatia continued: “Sometimes I’ve seen him grumble on TV. It’s not okay. He’s a guaranteed starter. Allegri wants to have faith in him. He just has to be patient.”
Allegri is at least annoyed by hints that he has “ruined” one of the best young strikers in the world. He also denied rumors of personal or tactical problems with Vlahovic and went so far as to say he was surprised at how well Vlahovic had fared since his switch in January.