Dybala to get his first start of the season. And Bernardeschi too.
We can all question Pirlo and his appointment (i think its down to Agnelli eventually, he wants to find our Pep/Zidane and Pirlo fits that idealogy). Time will tell if its a hit or miss, but i dont see what is the problem with signing 6 players? They are not all starters, and we had plenty players go, in fact 7 players left according to wikipedia. Its not like we have 6 new starters every week. Injury issues are not helping currently. Especially De Ligt and Sandro missing. And Ronaldo COVID. Bayern signed 9 players this mercato for example. So its hardly exception. Plenty other clubs with many new faces.Pirlo has no idea what he is doing, but really how brilliant of an idea is to bring a rookie coach and 6 new players without a proper preseason? Its like we decided to write off this season, but then why keeping Ronaldo? At this point the obvious solution is to stop daydreaming and get rid of Pirlo, but i have no confidence that the management can make the right deciosion anymore.
Bonucci is a defensive liability the way he has always been out of BBC (and indeed even in the BBC but someone else covered him) but as regards the goal the first mistake was made by Bernardeschi with that clumsy pass which was easily intercepted and started the counter attack of Verona, then it was Danilo who should have closed on Favilli.For Verona's goal, I have no idea what Bonucci was thinking...why was he nowhere?
The 3-man defense would be an improvement to a 4-man defense if Cuadrado has to be the right back in a 4-man defense.Going further we can all hate on playing back 3 but Sandro is injured. Isnt he like our only LB in the squad. And when your starting CB is also out then maybe Pirlo is extra cautious and playing back 3. Although didnt he even hint at his first press conference he likes back 3. Not surprised, he played his last 3-4 years in that system for Juve and Italy. I hope he doesnt stick with it when our starting CBs are back. Dont think back 3 really works anymore if you want to win games both league and europe.
I would have kept Costa over Bernadeschi though, time has shown that guy is just clueless. Wouldnt be here if not italian. And should Cuadrado really still be starting. I know Chiesa suspension didnt help.
So you end up missing 4-5 starters in Ronaldo, Chiesa, Chiellini, De ligt and Sandro. That will affect any coach.
They probably were. but the bigger issue is that if Napoli didn't foreit that game then Juve might be with one single win in 5 games. that is one bad start of the season. CR can still turn this around for them though.I only saw highlights. To me, it looks like you were unlucky. A number of very good runs and chances. Denied twice by the crossbar (Cuadrado shouldn't have blasted it) and a goal ruled out for the smallest offside. For Verona's goal, I have no idea what Bonucci was thinking...why was he nowhere?
I don't see how Pirlo is clueless because of it. It looked like you were putting Verona to the sword and with the smallest of differences, it could have ended 3-1 to you.
Fair enough about Arthur then, i just took the price tag from wikipedia.Arthur was swapped for Pjanic, so mentioning his price tag is kind of irrelevant. The additional money we paid was not material to this conversation, the net difference was 17m (including net of 5m in bonuses). The reason they got rid of Arthur was financial, by selling him for a significant value it boosted their financial statements for the year.
Ramsey would start for most EPL teams, the only reason he didn't get many offers was due to his injury problems.
I like all our transfers to be honest, it's Pirlo who's the clear problem.
As Toni rightfully said, he's losing games like this with stupid tinkering whereas Allegri and even Sarri to a lesser extent would just make the logical and rational decisions and just let our superiority take care of things on the field.
By Pirlo using this bizarre back 3 line-up and trying to re-invent the wheel with Berna on the left, it's not getting the job done and needlessly losing us valuable points.
What ultimately makes this an inherently moronic decision to appoint Pirlo is that not only is he not going to get us over the hump in the CL, we're also jeopardising winning the Scudetto again this season as well.
So we're not just stalling we're going to go backwards as well.
Don't get me wrong, i'm not a fan of the Ramsey transfer. I think we have gone overboard with the Bosman signings recently, Ramsey typifying that. He doesn't really fit the way we play and he's impossible to offload because we've given him such an obscene salary that no club will be willing to match. We can't even rescind his contract because he won't agree to that, he knows he will never get this salary elsewhere.Fair enough about Arthur then, i just took the price tag from wikipedia.
Plenty average players starting for epl teams, doesnt say anything to me that. The quality of that league has gone down massively. Thats why he would start. Look at the state of clubs like Man Utd and Arsenal, cant even get to CL let alone compete for league titles. Its not just because Liverpool and Man City have been superior. Or that "the league is so competitive". Leipzig trashed Tottenham 4:0, Liverpool lost to Atletico, not because of some defensive masterclash but shipping in 4 goals on aggregate, Chelsea lost to Bayern by 3 goal margin both legs. And before we come with the COVID excuses, those games where 2 leg ties played Feb-March before everything was stopped.
Do you really think Ramsey is the answer to our CL problems? A 30 year old ex Arsenal player who won couple of Fa Cups, and was key part of a team who didnt even make top 4 last 3 years? I saw enough last season to realize he simply doesnt influence games enough. Like i said, as a squad depth i dont even mind him honestly. But as a key starter? That for me is a concern. And for us he is good enough despite injury history? When he as you stated wasnt for same reason for the rest of the epl.
Also lets be correct still, we havent lost a game yet.
And im by no means Pirlo fan, there are certain signs he could be another Ferrara, but right now the tinkering is FORCED because we have basically one LB in the squad. That youngster he started was it first game or against Roma seems completely forced. Thats why i even question getting rid of De Sciglio. The fact im here crying over average player like that, but we have no LB till Sandro is out. So thats why we end up playing a back 3. FORCED. And of course it gets worse when De Ligt and Chiellini are out. God i hope Demiral comes good cause we have to also now start to think and accept that Chiellini shouldnt start games soon if not already cause he is 36. And as expected, bringing Bonucci back was a mistake.