Tough to replicate creative output
Max Allegri’s Juventus have been functional at best this season. The returning manager has attempted to re-instil traditional Bianconeri ideals with the foundations being laid by a stout defence. His impact in this regard can’t be disputed, but so often has Allegri’s cautious and overemphasis on shape and structure out of possession compromised Juve in attack.
Signs of a more dynamic and progressive Juventus have been fleeting this term, with the manager utterly reliant on individual brilliance on the counter-attack and in the final third. Dybala is one of the few Bianconeri players capable of delivering the requisite moments in attack, and he’s particularly valuable against deep-lying defences. The likes of Vlahovic and Chiesa, Juve’s other attacking stars, thrive in transition.
In terms of Dybala’s creative output this season; no Juventus player averages more shot-creating actions per 90 minutes in Serie A than the Argentine (4.73), while only Chiesa averages more goal-creating actions per 90. La Joya leads the way with five assists in the league, although Juan Cuadrado does beat him to top spot in metrics such as key passes, successful dribbles and progressive carries.
Finding a player capable of balancing out a potential front three with Vlahovic (a multi-faceted focal point) and Chiesa (runner) while replicating Dybala’s creative output will be a challenge for the Juventus hierarchy. But they must get it right.
I suspect that they might seek further creativity in midfield to mitigate Dybala’s loss.