It must be acknowledged: Juventus are playing below expectations. Bereft of fluidity, creativity and a clear identity, Massimiliano Allegri may be blessed with great individuals, but he is struggling to create a great unit.
The injuries do not help, and in midfield Juve have suffered great losses in that Claudio Marchisio is hurt and Paul Pogba has departed for Manchester United. Their absences have left a void that Allegri has struggled to fill, to find the balance required to help release a beautiful attack.
Against Palermo, the Bianconeri played an unusually poor game. Many of the players looked tired, losing concentration swiftly while the team as a whole struggled to maintain possession and precision to implement a high-quality style of play.
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