1. Morata’s misery in the league reached the new limit, while Rabiot showed mettle
It has been too long for Alvaro Morata without a goal in Serie A. Some might say that he scored once just before the international break. Well, it came against Zenit in a Champions League fixture. If his league records are taken under consideration, the last goal that the Spaniard scored was back in the third week of September against AC Milan.
The only other time that the 29-year-old have found the back of the net this season was against Napoli on Matchday 3.
Missing Paulo Dybala for their trip to Lazio was already a burden. Morata’s performance in the game has just heaped more concerns on the shoulders of the five-time Scudetto-winning manager with Juventus.
It’s not just his barren spell in front of the goal that has given a huge rise to Bianconeri’s concerns, but his overall play in the league has also been underwhelming of late. His display against Hellas Verona was abysmal and while he wasn’t terrible against Lazio, the performance never reached the standard required of Juve’s first-choice striker.
Unlike Morata, Adrien Rabiot showed promising signs in the heart of the midfield — perhaps for the first time in the 2021/22 season. Per the stats from Sofascore, the Frenchman had 63 touches on the ball, completed three interceptions, three tackles, and blocked two shots. He was heavily involved in keeping it solid in the centre of the park for the Bianconeri. As a result, Allegri chose to keep faith in him for the complete 90 minutes on Saturday.
As such, it was the fourth time Rabiot has played the entirety of the game in the league this season. It was previously understood that Rabiot might have lost his chance to prove himself, but Saturday’s display heralds a different sort of vibe. Now, it is to be seen whether the Frenchman could keep his consistency on the field.