Juventus Dominates Nantes in Europa League Playoff Round Leg 1
How Juventus Can Salvage Their European Campaign: A Look Ahead to Their Europa League Playoff Against Nantes
Juventus is set to face off against Ligue 1 side Nantes tonight in the first leg of the Europa League playoff round in Turin. This match carries significant weight for Max Allegri’s squad, wjuventus-dominates-nantes-in-europa-league-playoff-round-leg-1ho are looking to redeem themselves following their recent exit from the Champions League. Allegri has made it clear that his players are still feeling the sting of not making it past the group stage, and with the World Cup break coming in mid-November, they've had an extended period to dwell on their misfortune.
The Europa League has now become the focus for Juventus, and given the recent 15-point penalty imposed on them, winning the tournament is their only route into next season’s Champions League. While the Coppa Italia may provide another opportunity to qualify for the Europa League, a deep run in the tournament is the potential ticket into Europe’s premier club competition, provided there are no more off-field issues, of course.
For Juventus, the road to Budapest and the Europa League final begins tonight on a chilly February evening in Turin. If they want to salvage their European campaign and make it one to remember, they'll need to put in a dominant performance against Nantes.
Here’s a closer look at what Juventus needs to do to secure a win against their French opponents and get their Europa League campaign off to a winning start.
Solidify the Defence
Juventus has conceded far too many goals this season, which has been a significant factor in their recent struggles. With that said, Allegri’s men must focus on tightening up their defence if they hope to progress in the Europa League. The Italian side must find a way to limit Nantes’ attacking options and keep a clean sheet if they are to win the first leg of the playoff round.
Control the Midfield
Juventus' midfield has been inconsistent this season, with some standout performances but also some underwhelming displays. They will need to be on top of their game against Nantes, as the French side has some talented players in the middle of the park. The likes of Rodrigo Bentancur and Weston McKennie must control the midfield battle and set the tempo for Juventus if they want to come out on top.
Exploit Nantes’ Weaknesses
Nantes has struggled in Ligue 1 this season and currently finds itself languishing in the bottom half of the table. Juventus must capitalize on their opponent's weaknesses and take advantage of any opportunities that come their way. Whether it’s through exploiting Nantes' defensive frailties or taking advantage of their lack of attacking prowess, Juventus must be ruthless in front of goal if they hope to progress.
Juventus' hopes of salvaging their European campaign rest on their Europa League playoff against Nantes. While the tournament may not have been their primary focus at the beginning of the season, it has now become their only chance of securing a place in next season’s Champions League. A dominant performance against Nantes tonight is crucial if they hope to take a significant step towards achieving that goal. With a solid defence, midfield control, and an ability to exploit Nantes' weaknesses, Juventus has what it takes to get their Europa League campaign off to a winning start.