Once again on Bonucci, because we think it should be clear to everyone what happened on Sunday and that the Juventus fans blamed him yesterday. No one asked him, after the defeat at Monza, to bring his teammates under the guest curve, where the Juventus Ultras were staying. No one forced him to take buckets of his shovels and make his buddies take them. On Monday, unaware (and forgive the quote) we wrote «And those frequent penances to which the team has to undergo at the end of the match, to purge themselves of defeats by being showered with whistles and insults from the fans? Are they really necessary? Naively, we thought it was a “blackmail” that players should be subject to, to avoid the worst of it. But no, we found out yesterday – by the hostile statement of Bianconeri ultras – that it was merely a personal initiative of Bonucci, He is clearly eager to show the world the public prostration of the team, due to the defeat to which he clearly did not contribute, and which the technical selection excluded from the game.
Bonucci was the worst on the field against Benfica, then the ball twice helped save his game and limit Juventus’ defeat in numbers. The 35-year-old has long since stopped shifting the scales, as he liked to say at the time of his fleeting experience in Milan (2017-18 season) when suddenly deprived of guardian angels Barzagli and Chiellini proved his true worth as a regular player. Max Allegri, whom we often criticize, was the first to understand that he was a defender who was quicker in speech than in foot, The one who has always been the number one weapon to stop opponents from turning around and showing his butt.
However, Juve did poorly in the summer, believing that Bonucci could be counted on to lead the defense after Chiellini. And here the error is unforgivable, you can not find out in September, when the coach has already known everything for years. Across De Ligt and within Bremer, it is clear that someone assumed Gatti was ready, while at Monza it became clear that this was not the truth. There is still a manpower gap, which can be remedied from time to time by transferring Danilo or changing the shape, But one cannot live in a constant state of emergency, otherwise it is no longer an emergency but a state of necessity.
Bonucci’s numbers, starting with appearances in the national team (116, less than Chiellini, but 38 more than Scirea) are top notch. But Bonucci was never a hero, he had the good fortune to be in the right place, at the right time, when Juve spun off from the 9 Scudetti. On Friday, Bonucci – excluded from Allegri against Monza – is likely to be on the field and as captain of the team in Italy challenging England at the San Siro. An artistic and personal absurdity, it is unclear why Roberto Mancini does not know how to escape. Feeling reliant on a 35-year-old man who contributed to two World Cup eliminations?