Juventus’ free kick nightmare

A pretty incredible stat emerges as Juventus haven’t managed to score directly from free-kicks in the last two years.

The Bianconeri used to have top quality free-kick tackers such as Alessandro Del Piero, Andrea Pirlo and Miralem Pjanic back in the days, but the quality of set pieces has drastically dropped over the years.

Oddly, Juventus’ threats from set-pieces had been reduced since Cristiano Ronaldo joined the team. The Portuguese star was somehow the last Juventus player to find the not from direct free-kick against Torino on July 4, 2020.

As highlighted by ilbianconero.com, despite having Paulo Dybala, Miralem Pjanic, or even Ronaldo this past two years, Juve has been struggling with free kicks. Adding goals from a set-piece situation could definitely help Massimiliano Allegri’s side this season, especially considering their poor attacking record this term.

There are some solutions that Allegri can use, especially looking to the next season. First and foremost, the tactician can assign the free-kick duty to Dusan Vlahovic. The Serbian scored some fine goals from set-pieces during his time at Fiorentina.

For now, Dybala still takes most of the direct free-kicks at Juventus, but the Argentinian will depart next summer. Vlahovic is undoubtedly a worthy candidate to end Juve’s set-piece nightmare once and for all.

Another player Allegri could consider is Juan Cuadrado, even if he is more known for his excellent deliveries. The Colombian has an excellent technique in dead-ball situations, so he could be an option.

The summer transfer window can surely give more options to Allegri and Angel Di Maria will be a strong candidate if he moves to Turin on a free transfer from PSG.

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