The numbers don't lie: Juventus is under pressure following one of the worst starts to a Serie A season in club history. After four games, Massimiliano Allegri's team has only two points and has conceded seven goals, putting them in 18th place in the rankings. Only freshly promoted Salernitana has less points, with zero points from their first four games. It's the Old Lady's poorest campaign start in more than 50 years. The last time Juventus failed to win their first four matches of the season was in 1961-62. The club has only accomplished this unwelcome accomplishment twice before, in 1942 and 1955.
One of the most damning aspects of this season's start is Juventus' inability to turn their fortunes around and finish among the top teams. The Turin club has given up at least one goal in each of their previous 18 games, indicating that their defense has more holes than an Italian cheese. Juventus are eight points off the top of Serie A after a 1-1 draw with AC Milan on Sunday, a gap that may widen to ten points if Napoli defeat Udinese away on Monday night. While there is a sense of gloom in Turin, there is still hope that Juventus can turn things around. After all, the Italian giants have a previous history of overcoming a shaky start to win the Scudetto under the same manager they have currently in charge.
Juventus had lost their first three games of the 2015-16 season and were in 12th position at the end of October. However, they clawed their way back up the table with a run of 26 victories in 28 games, and Allegri's side were crowned champions once more. A single setback with this Juventus team sends the team into freefall, and significant ramifications are on the road if Allegri is unable to mount another recovery.
Ronaldo plays as a striker and always has to be aware of his surroundings, it's astonishing how he can also sense his surroundings in club matters. Had Ronaldo stayed at Juventus this season, his stats would have been jeopardized by Juventus performances. The same thing was happening to Messi while at Barcelona as his teammates kept on letting him down. I guess the best reason to why Messi cried on his departure was because his back had become lighter after carrying Barcelona for two decades. Ronaldo would have broken his back had he tried to carry Juventus this season.
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