Federico Chiesa has been as decisive as any player in Italy’s Euro 2020 squad, but he hasn’t always been at the forefront of Juventus’ plans so far.
The 23-year-old striker’s winning goal and impressive form in a 1-0 victory over Champions League holders Chelsea on Wednesday may be what the Turin club needed to change their falter start to the season.
Chiesa played a prominent role in Italy’s victory in the European Championship 2020, where he scored in the semi-final victory over Spain, but he has not been an integral part of the Juventus squad since coach Massimiliano Allegri returned to lead the team for the second time last summer.
This is partly due to fitness reasons, but – according to widespread Italian media reports – there appears to be a lack of trust between the player and his coach.
Earlier this season, when Allegri was asked about his anger after the 1-1 draw with AC Milan in Serie A, the Juventus coach replied, “I want him (Cheisa) to take the ball to the opponent’s half. He has to grow up and realize that we are in Juventus.”
After starting the match against Chelsea at the Juventus Stadium, Chiesa not only proved that he deserved a place in the squad, but he also proved that he can be a key player in the team.
Chiesa’s goal embodied his movements throughout the match, as he was a step ahead of the “Blues” defense, and received a smart pass from Federico Bernardeschi to shoot a shot into the ceiling of the goal 10 seconds after the start of the second half.
And he proved once again that he is the man of major occasions, as Chiesa became the first Italian to score for Juventus in 4 consecutive Champions League matches when he started from the start, since Alessandro Del Piero in November 1997. A critic on Sky Sport Italia (Sky Sport Italia) described Sport Italia) and former Italy coaches – Antonio Conte and Fabio Capello – Chiesa’s performance as “decisive” and “at an outstanding level” compared to any other player on the field.
Juventus is still feeling its feet after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United, and Allegri sees a new role for striker Chiesa in the future, such as the impact he made against Chelsea.
“This is Federico’s first time playing as a spearhead,” Allegri told reporters.
Juventus is looking for a player who wears the mantle of Ronaldo and achieves the goals he scored, with Paulo Dybala not yet succeeding in proving his capabilities and abilities and performing steadily, and Alvaro Morata continues to suffer, bringing Allegri to one fact that Chiesa is the effective offensive option.
“This is Juventus!” The Tuttosport newspaper, based in Turin, said in its Thursday edition, as the club finally began to change its fortunes this season after its third successive victory in all competitions.
Juventus failed to win any of their opening three league matches for the first time in 60 years, but they are certainly on the right track.
And he won the full mark in the European Champions League to top his group. And if he continues to develop, he will find that Chiesa represents a suitable and permanent solution to succeed Ronaldo in the team.