On Sunday night, Andrea Pirlo breathed a huge sigh of relief when his team won a late return to Udine.
The hosts took a lead through Nahuel Molina against shocked Juventus.
The Bianconeri’s performance was massively below par, but they were saved by a late crossover from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Here are three lessons we learned from this dramatic victory.
Never doubt Ronaldo
Well, let’s start by setting out the facts. The Portuguese star was having a scorching time on Sunday, as during his last outings.
While CR7 has made a career scoring goals whenever in doubt, this time he REALLY didn’t look like he was finding the net.
And yet, the legend has started again.
Although the first goal came from a lucky penalty kick, while the goalkeeper could have done a little better on the second, Ronaldo has once again embraced the role of the timely hero.
The midfielder is a complete mess
As if we didn’t already know. But Sunday’s performance once again underscored the miserable state of the middle of the park.
The starting midfielder pair looked promising on paper as Weston McKennie was deployed in his original role, but instead continued to lose possession, while Rodrigo Bentancur fell short. to dictate the game.
Udinese star Rodrigo De Paul has shown more skill and flair than the entire Juve midfielder combined, and such creative players would be sorely needed for next season.
Even though the final score shows a victory for Juventus, the team’s display was arguably the poorest of the entire season.
With crucial and difficult matches against Milan, Sassuolo and Inter, the Old Lady must find some strength for the home stretch, otherwise Champions League qualification would be an unlikely prospect.