a completely different Juventus against FC Nantes

The Italian league’s decision to inflict 15 penalty points on Juventus completely changed the context of the match against FC Nantes. Explanations.

Following the investigation by the financial brigade in Italy, relating to questionable transfers (between 2018 and 2021), Juventus had 15 points removed and moved away from European places. A sanction that greatly distances Allegri’s men from direct qualification in the Champions League.

Juventus on the verge of bankruptcy

A non-qualification which would push the Turinese a little further, by dramatically affecting his wallet. There is almost only one solution left for the Italians to save their season: win the Europa League and thus qualify directly for the C1.

After a fine series of league victories, despite the rout against the Neapolitan leader, Juve tumbled to tenth place in the standings. Thanks to the draw obtained against Atalanta, Paul Pogba’s teammates moved up to ninth place. Nevertheless they remain very far from the Italian top 4, synonymous with qualification for the next Champions League. Indeed after this heavy punishment, the Old Lady is now 14 points behind AS Roma, currently fourth.

In other words, the task is more than complicated, even desperate, to grab a place in C1. As explained by Angel Di Maria at the microphone of DAZN. “I arrived at the worst time for Juventus,” said the Argentine world champion.

Although nothing is insurmountable in football, it would take a miracle for Juventus to qualify by way of the championship.

The non-qualification of the Turinese would have serious financial consequences. In particular the fact that Milik (on loan with option to buy), Rabiot (at the end of the contract) and Di Maria (at the end of the contract) could not continue their adventures in Piedmont, or even the need to sell Dušan Vlahović, he who has a big market value in Europe (€80m according to Transfermarkt). In Italy, a rumor has it that the Serb has been offered to PSG…

Win the C3 to get the C1

However, there is one last chance for Juve to qualify for the Champions League and thus avoid all these financial setbacks.

This is based on an epic in the Europa League. And it starts on February 16 against FC Nantes. If the Canaries are going to be able to play with a liberated spirit, convinced of having nothing to lose, on the Italian side, there is no doubt that the pressure will be enormous.

This European shock, which will bring back memories to the oldest (in 1996, Juventus eliminated FC Nantes in the semi-finals of the Champions League), has taken on a whole new dimension today. Forced to bet their European future on the Europa League, the Piedmontese have no choice but to qualify. Before finding adversaries worthy of the Champions League (FC Barcelona, ​​Manchester United, Ajax Amsterdam or Arsenal…) for a real obstacle course.

Arnaud Merciere

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