Paul Pogba and Federico Chiesa have been forced to watch Juventus’ poor start to the season from the sidelines but they’re reportedly hoping to return in time to face Benfica. The Bianconeri have had a rough start to the season under Massimiliano Allegri, losing their opening two Champions League matches and languishing in 8th in the Serie A table after securing just two wins in their first seven Serie A outings of the season. Juventus are in the midst of a slight injury crisis, having seven members of their squad sidelined, but things are starting to look up.
Chiesa is particularly facing a huge fight to get back into the Italian national team. He has missed almost a year’s worth of international football and we do not expect him to play for the Azzurri national team again this year. As he is sidelined with injury, the team failed to qualify for the World Cup later this year and it is now being rebuilt. After tinkering with his formation, the national team coach, Roberto Mancini, seems to have settled for a 3-5-2 formation.
It has helped Italy to earn some wins in recent matches, including last night’s 2-0 win at Hungary. The Italians now play with wing-backs and two strikers, a change from the 4-3-3 formation that won them Euro 2020, which is also used by Max Allegri when Chiesa plays. Football Italia reveals it could be a headache for the manager to fit him into the team. However, he could be used as one of the two strikers, in a supporting role. Chiesa is one of Italy’s best players and he would certainly break back into the team when he starts playing regularly again.