For the first time in a long time, Juventus will not end the season with a trophy.
It’s been a decade since last season without a trophy, which won’t be repeated more than that reference. Hell, it’s been about as long as this blog is alive.
But with the result on Wednesday night – and a little (or a lot) of help from referee Paolo Valeri and VAR – Juve’s series of seasons with at least one trophy in its name ended at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
Juventus and Inter Milan it took extra time to decide the Coppa Italia 2022 final. But the 2-minute, 19-second span in which Juve suddenly swung in their favor couldn’t stand it, as Inter equalized 10 minutes after a highly questionable penalty kick and then took forever with the couple. goals in overtime, bringing the apparently frustrated Bianconeri a heavy 4-2 defeat. It is ultimately a result that ensures that Juve will not win a trophy this season after so much damn home success and is just the last step in a season that has been full of frustration for both the coach and the players and fans alike.
You could see how things fell apart in overtime.
This could be clearly seen when Max Allegri raged from the sidelines as he was sent off after Inter’s second penalty was awarded and denied by Ivan Perišić. (Although, with a somewhat disappointing move, all of Allegri’s rage came with his jacket still on, which is a bit of a miracle considering what we’ve seen from him in the past.)
But this result, even with all the refereeing controversy that will result from it, is just another example of Juve’s inability to achieve results against top clubs in Italy. They were without a win against Inter, they were without a win against AC Milan and this season they were without a win against Napoli. As much as we want Juventus to be in that top group, they will not be a real top club again until they are able to achieve results against the big guys.
Did Juve deserve this victory? If you take into account how they played after the first 10 minutes or so before things went before Inter equated things with that a penalty, then you can well prove that Juve was a better team. But the damn proponent of it all will say that Allegri was too fast in setting up the store and switched to 3-5-2 right after Alvaro Morata and Dusan Vlahovic put the Bianconeri in the lead with their two fast hay mowers to take the lead for the first time all over. nights.
Inter hesitated, and as Allegri tried to defend that 2-1 lead it was a predictable move by a coach who likes to defend a one-goal advantage regardless of his defense, it came back to him and his team no matter how controversial the penalty that led to a tie the goal in the end was.
There will be a lot of discussion about penalty decisions because it is Italy and it is happening. (Although, can you imagine the rage if the shoe was on the other foot and Juve got two penalties that change the game the same way as Inter? Fuck, about a million.)
But with a loss on Wednesday night, Juventus will end this season without a trophy and with fewer points than a year ago when everything seemed to be in disarray. So, yes, consider me disappointed that Juve could not save something from this evening even when Inter will be the ones to benefit fully from the questionable trial.
RANDOM THOUGHTS AND OBSERVATIONS
- He will certainly be an Inter supporter who reads this and thinks I will be a homer, but I don’t care. It’s not a penalty. Not at all. It is immediately clear that you can see Lautaro Martinez hook his leg into Leo Bonucci’s lower leg / tendon and immediately fall. The fact that the referee didn’t cross over and looked well knowing that the game was at stake at such a big time of night just shows what’s wrong with the way Serie A officials handle the VAR.
- OK, chatter. At least for that part of the game.
- The second penalty, which is definitely more of a foul than the first, only magnifies how inconsistent these judges are in the way they handle these big calls. Did Matthijs de Ligt commit a foul in the penalty area? Yes, probably. But when you already have this momentum on one big refereeing decision, you know for sure that the second one that results in Inter taking the lead will be an even more important decision. And, surprisingly, it was.
- In conclusion, Paolo Valeri leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to the trial.
- It took Juventus more than 22 minutes to even try to hit.
- Juventus passed the last 30 minutes of regular time without trying to hit.
- This is what experts would describe as “Juventus’ defense that gives someone too much space to shoot.”:
- Is it on Federico Bernardeschi or is it on someone else who didn’t step up and cover Barella’s cut from the inside off the left wing? Bernardeschi took a bite of escaping into the penalty area even for a split second completely opening things up for Barella to make the race he made and to get all the time in the world for that shot. It was a great shot, of course, but it definitely helped that there was no one around him as he tried to get in touch with the ball.
- And this match proves once again why Juventus should have peppered Samir Handanović on Inter’s goal.
- Like, seriously, putting barely anything in the frame after Vlahovic’s goal actually only speaks to how Allegri was completely uninterested in the third goal after taking the lead.
- They reached Arthur near the end of the second overtime, and he looked completely exhausted and could barely catch his breath. Arthur came in in the 84th minute when Allegri rejected 3-5-2 and returned to his original plan.
- I really wanted Giorgio Chiellini to win the trophy in his last cup final as a Juve player.
- I really wanted Paulo Dybala as a Juve player to win the trophy in his last cup final.
- Instead, we made Chiellini struggle with his ass before he had to leave for something that seems like cramps and Dybala with a few close calls but no goal to show for his efforts.
- I don’t know, but I thought that observation might have made me even more frustrated this season when Juventus lost to Inter in the 121st minute as happened at the Supercoppa. Well, not only did Juventus lose to Inter tonight, but the poor Italian refereeing once again showed its ugly head and played a big part in the final result of this one.
- Basically, what I’m trying to say is that I would love for the players to just play and decide the outcome, not for the referees to be so memorable in so many big games this season. We should not accept this kind of drama and chaos and discourse. We should be talking about 22 players on the field, not the guy standing in the middle of the field in bright yellow.
- That’s all for now. I need a drink. Or five. Or seven.