There is no doubt that Juventus are still a work in progress, especially with an inexperienced Andrea Pirlo at the helm.
The legendary midfielder has taken over the hot seat at the Old Lady following the dismissal of Maurizio Sarri at the end of last season, however it seems he is still having to play around with the tactical elements of the game.
As The Daily Mail noted, Pirlo has used three different formations in his first three matches in charge of I Bianconeri, having utilised a 3-5-2, 3-4-1-2 and a 3-4-3 set-up in each of those games. The continually change in formations will certainly make it difficult for bettors who use betting sites Austria to make predictions about what could happen.
He has also introduced a completely different style of play compared to his predecessor as the Italian legend wants his players to adopt a quick and relentless style of progressive passing – an approach that has taken some time for his players to try and get to grips with.
This is not helped by the fact that Pirlo does not quite seem to know who his best players in the midfield are just yet. He has continued to alter the central area of the field with numerous partnerships, which has seen some rather mixed results – such as their back-to-back draws against AS Roma and Crotone.
Weston McKennie had started life rather promising in the middle for Juventus following his loan switch from Schalke 04, however since the two games of the Serie A campaign, he has had to settle for a starting place on the bench. Adrien Rabiot was also favoured but has subsequently struggled – which was further highlighted with his two yellow cards that he picked up in the draw against I Giallorossi.
Arthur and Rodrigo Bentancur came into the starting XI against Crotone, however the midfield pairing did not do that much better as Old Lady failed to beat one of the league’s newest sides in a match where they would have been favoured to do so.
One other issue that Pirlo appears to have found during his short tenure as manager is how he will be able to fit Paulo Dybala into his side. The Argentine has been an unused substitute for all three matches so far in Serie A.
Indeed, despite being the league’s MVP last season, the playmaker looks as though he could be facing a similar scenario to the one in which he had to deal with under Massimiliano Allegri. Perhaps a move away from the Allianz Stadium might be best for him in the near future.
Youngsters Dejan Kulusevski and even Manolo Portanova have been preferred to Dybala since the start of the season.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent coronavirus diagnosis could allow the South American attacker to return to the line-up in the imminent future.