Powerless collectively, Juventus could not do better than a rather gloomy draw, against a limited, but playful and rewarded Villarreal formation (1-1).
Villarreal 1-1 Juventus
Goals: Parejo (66and) for Villarreal // Vlahović (1D) for Juve
One day, it seems that Albert Einstein split this quote, between two equations: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. » We would not go so far as to qualify Massimiliano Allegri as crazy. Even less eccentric. However, the Juventus coach more or less always makes his people play the same football, month after month. A football made of low blocks of sorrow and sad wait-and-see attitude. Razor, like this match delivered by the Piedmontese on Tuesday, logically held in check by Villarreal in Spain.
The Dusan smell
Dušan Vlahović will therefore have waited 32 seconds to score his first drink in the Champions League, for his debut in the competition. Served in space, the new Piedmontese number 7 wedges a love of cross strike between two defenders, which leaves Rulli perfectly helpless. This is clearly enough for the Old Lady: the Juventini then hide behind the scenes, leaving Villarreal to monopolize the stage and possession. It is now the turn of the Yellow Submarine to ignite the boards. Lo Celso, served by Pedraza, hit Szczęsny’s square with a shot into the area, while Chukwueze made misery to De Sciglio on his right side. Protagonists, the Groguets nevertheless come up against an Old Lady positioned low block and especially Dušan Vlahović, poisonous with each of his shots. It’s not much, but it’s enough Bianconeriwho keep one unit ahead at the break.
A little yellow and in bed
A notch higher at the start of the second act, Juve vaguely put more intensity and intentions in front, without ever giving the impression of really wanting to put the gas offensively. Villarreal mess up their football about as much, but will still be able to punish the distressing Piedmontese minimalism. Helped by a huge placement error from De Ligt, Parejo can adjust Szczęsny with his hands in his pockets, with a volley placed within 16 yards. Juve loses its means, gets all pokey behind and unsurprisingly ends the match by bunkering in its own half of the field. An anything but funky outcome, as the two teams will meet back to back for the return match in Turin on March 16.
Villarreal (4-4-2): Rulli – Foyth, Albiol, Pau Torres, Pedraza (Estupinan, 79and) – Chukwueze (Pino, 90and), Capua, Parejo, A. Moreno (Trigueros, 78and) – Lo Celso, Danjuma (Dia, 90and). Coach: Unai Emery.
Juventus (4-4-2): Szczęsny – Danilo, De Ligt, Alex Sandro (Bonucci, 46and), De Sciglio (Pellegrini, 85and) – McKennie (Zakaria, 81and), Locatelli (Arthur, 71and), Rabiot, Cuadrado-Vlahović, Morata. Coach: Massimiliano Allegri.
By Adrien Candeau