The day has come . This afternoon Leo Messi will put his magic left-foot on Italian soil and the moment he does so, Cristiano hopes to have received the gift he has been waiting for several days: the negative result of the test , which will declare him free of Covid-19 and, therefore Therefore, available for the challenge against Barcelona.
He has already missed three games, two of them in the league, because of the virus, so having to give up the first match against the eternal rival would put him in a very bad mood . More than anything, because Cristiano is fine. Since October 13, the day he learned that he was positive in Portugal with his team, he has not shown any symptoms and, even so, he cannot wait to play again.
There is no party without Cristiano
On Sunday night Cristiano feared for Juventus from his home in Turin and, without a doubt, he should have regretted the result. Even worse than him must Andrea Pirlo feel, who without his number 7 in the championship has not won a single match on the field (the 3-0 victory at Napoli was due to a penalty against his rival) since the first day of the championship: three consecutive draws , two of them without Cristiano . And if that one in the field of Roma can be understood ... more difficult to digest are the two 1-1 against Crotone and Verona. The numbers clearly say it, without Cristiano the performance of Juventus changes, especially in the League , and it is difficult to even score points against small teams.
Massimiliano Allegri always said that trophies were won against teams in the lower-middle part of the table. Juventus should have taken advantage of the undemanding calendar of the first leg of the season and, on the contrary, have only added nine points in five days, the second worst result of the nine seasons won: La Gazzetta claims that Max in his second year at Juventus he started with only five points in five games , even winning the victory thanks to an extraordinary comeback. Cristiano's absence due to Covid-19 has clearly been a hard blow, adding to the physiological difficulties of the team by having to adapt to a new coach and style of play .
With or without Portuguese
According to La Gazzetta, Juventus with Ronaldo in Serie A have a higher goal average, a higher point average and a better winning percentage . The data analyzed in detail, year by year, shows that Allegri's team depended much more on Cristiano than Sarri's , who even without Cristiano had better percentages of possession, points, goals and shots . This was possibly because his style did not revolve so much around him and because the Portuguese was not so adapted to the team's game mechanics. With Pirlo , on the other hand, Juventus has the same percentage of victories with and without Ronaldo, but when the Portuguese is in the field he scores more goals, yes, with fewer shots on goal.
Difficulties against minor teams
So far Juventus have had to do without their star in 14 Serie A games (7 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses). Without Cristiano, Juventus de Allegri lost against Spal and Samp (although at the end of the championship and with the trophy already decided), without him Juventus de Sarri drew against Lecce (1-1), says La Gazzetta. So yes: Pirlo's predecessors have also had their difficulties against 'small' teams without Cristiano.
Cristiano dreams of the negative
For all the above, the return of Cristiano is vital , and not only against Barcelona. Ironically, at this moment it is more important for Juve to have him tomorrow against La Spezia , given Juventus' indecision in the League, and since in the Champions League the team is already on the right track having defeated Dinamo in Kiev. Cristiano will be alone tonight at 21 to be able to present the negative result to UEFA. Meanwhile, the Portuguese rests optimistic.
Juventus of Turin
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