Anger, despair, humiliation … there are many words that can describe Juventini’s March sentiments, but no single word can describe it through and through. In a month that the Bianconeri actually had the opportunity to come back for Scudetto and CL talks, they threw it all away. Despite a disastrous first leg in Portugal, almost no one really believed that Juventus was going to be eliminated in the round of 16 again, this time vs Porto, but the unthinkable happened and a collection of 3 individual errors gifted the dragons 3 goals which were enough to send the old lady home. In Serie A after 3 strong victories, after Inter got one of their games postponed, a badly timed defeat vs Benevento, of all teams, shattered the fans’ scudetto delusions.
Juventus took part in 5 games in March, 4 Serie A games plus 1 UCL clash. The result was 4 wins and 1 defeat. The win vs Porto was a win but in aggregate it was a draw but due to the away goal rule, it was technically a defeat.
In these 5 games, Juventus scored 3 in each of the first 4 of them, with being unable to open the account vs Benevento which collectively makes it 12 goals in 5 games. At the other end of the pitch, Juve was not as good, and that’s where the problems lie. The mighty Bianconeri conceded 5 goals and kept a clean sheet on only one occasion. The disappointing part is 4 of those 5 goals came from individual mistakes.
Ronaldo with 4 goals, which 3 of them came vs Cagliari, was our best scorer while Morata and Chiesa each scored 3. Adrien Rabiot scored the remaining 2. In terms of assists, Fede Bernardeschi with 3 assists sits on the top of the table, followed by Chiesa and Cuadrado with 2 assists.
For the best players of the month, we have Federico Chiesa, as per usual, Adrien Rabiot and Alex Sandro.
As usual, Alex Sandro couldn’t stay fit for the entire duration of the month but in the games he played, he was a big help for the team. Versus Spezia and Lazio he played as a center back, filling in for the injured defenders. To be fair, the job he did as a CB was perfect and it couldn’t be noticed that he isn’t actually a CB. He is doing great and there is nothing to add.
The interesting part about his game as he showed he has the potential to become a ball-playing CB or LCB, someone like David Alaba in Bayern Munich. In the next two games, he went back to his natural position, playing an actual blameless game vs Porto and a respectable 30 minutes vs Cagliari till his injury. In a normal month, he wouldn’t be considered a top-3 of the month with an ordinary performance like this, but considering how bad others were, Sandro was easily a top 3.
Once again, Federico Chiesa is among the bests of the month. In March, Chiesa played in all 5 games of Juventus, scoring 3 and providing 2 assists. He had at least one goal contribution in all of the games he played in the last month except for the last one. He has been a marvelous signing, he is doing fantastic and essentially there is no need to echo what has been said. Barring an exceptional finish to the season by other players, Chiesa will be the obvious player of the season.
Adrien Rabiot is one of the most criticized players of Juventus. Italian commentators aren’t friendly with him, their press is silent when he performs well but they are prepared to slander him as soon as he puts on a poor show, which eventually leads to the anger of the fans.
When he joined Juve, due to being sidelined by PSG for months, he wasn’t matched fit and it took him almost 20 weeks to get ready, but ever since he has been a sound midfielder and his good games have secured him a dramatic comeback to Equipe de France which considering all the talent the French have in their midfield and Rabiot’s history with Deschamps isn’t simple. Recently in a survey held by France Football, the majority of the voters answered positively to the question on if they see Rabiot as a starter for France in Euro 2020.
In March, Rabiot started in all of Juventus games, in fact, Juventus spent only 20 minutes of their 5 games in March without the French international on the pitch. Even though he did well in all 5 of those games, his best pieces came in the most important ones vs Lazio and Porto. In the Bianconeri’s most important domestic game of the month, Rabiot not only dominated the midfield and had Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Luiz Alberto under control but he also scored the equalizer with a tight angle bullet.
In the long-awaited second leg of the UCL clash vs Porto, he was Juventus’ best man in the midfield and again managed to score an important goal. Although this time his goal didn’t mean anything in the end it brought Juve back into the game and shed a ray of hope to the fan's broken hearts for less than 5 minutes. It’s worth mentioning that in the first leg in Portugal, our only goal came with the assist of Adrien Rabiot.
To finish, many fans take physical reliability for granted but in a season like this, with all the pressure and the tight schedule the players should get credit for staying fit for the entire season. This season almost every player has lost a period of the season due to injuries (and Covid) but Adrien Rabiot has managed to keep himself safe and was always available.
Honestly, Chiesa could be the player of the month again, but due to Rabiot’s bigger progression in form in comparison to Chiesa, it’s reasonable to give it to Rabiot.