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Over the past few years, the Juventus-Napoli game has usually come with some sort of Scudetto ramifications related to things Juve would usually be in first place with Napoli either behind in second or third and there would be a lot to horse on the two rivals who clash, no matter who the two managers were

This season, their second Serie A meeting of the season – which is technically the first, but come with me here – has a lot to do. It’s just not what we thought it might come at the start of the 2020-21 season

The long-awaited game in hand has finally arrived This comes at a time when there are a lot of rumors about the future of the two managers at their respective clubs But, rather than these two managers who potentially face each other to take the on it to win the Scudetto, Juventus and Napoli will face off at the Allianz Stadium to see who walks from the pitch in fourth place It’s true One of Serie A’s most heated rivalries over the past decade has nothing to do with the league title, but rather with who can head to the second weekend of April in fourth place and Italy’s last place in the Champions League

Napoli, unlike Juventus, have regained some sort of form since late February As Juventus’ wins have been pretty much forgotten as they seem to stumble every two weeks – and then we have the game-changing passage that some of their players have continued to do in the last few matches – Napoli have not lost their last seven games in all competitions It may not sound like a lot, but it is certainly something that Juve wish they could brag about or remind you of as their form continues to be far from impressive

Regardless of RIno Gattuso’s current status at Napoli – and it doesn’t look great when he’s currently tied to other jobs while still employed – Napoli have, at least in part, changed the things and found some kind of consistency

And don’t forget that at a meeting of these two teams a month ago, it was not pretty

The pressure is on Andrea Pirlo to try and straighten out this ship as quickly as possible, with some corners of the Italian media – and, I will say this, these are exactly the most reliable – suggesting that anything other than a victory against Napoli will be the last nail in the coffin of his managerial career at Juventus For all we know, this could be the end of the road for Pirlo as Juve’s Champions League future is anything but a certainty – especially with the way they have played the past two months

No matter how long his leash is, however, every victory Pirlo scores over the next couple of months will be invaluable in trying to get Juve to play the Champions League ball again next season. And especially when it comes to a potential win over the closest rival for fourth place as the top of the Serie A table behind Inter continues to be an unpredictable group of five or six teams These one-on-one battles, especially when points are tight to try and hit your brand new No 1 target, they are important

Who knows if Juventus will actually do all of this because it’s incredibly hard to predict both now and for much of this season but if they haven’t figured out the situation they are in faced in recent weeks, they should certainly know by now

There are many factors that help explain why Juventus are where they are right now Part is the front office, part is the man who fills in the starting roster, part is a team that doesn’t fit , and some are just players who were playing well at the start of the season are not at the same level as they were

It’s been over a month since Morata’s last goal in a Juventus shirt Of course, it’s not over the length of so many games that it could have been earlier in the season because there has a two week international break in there, but the fact remains that the searing Morata that was around for the first three months of the season hasn’t been there coming 2021 That doesn’t mean he’s been a total waste because he continues to contribute – as with his help at the Turin derby last weekend – but he is safe to say Juve is no 9 not scoring goals like he did a few months ago

Let’s take Juventus’ last game as a perfect example.He got a really nice assist for Federico Chiesa’s opener – and also did well to stay away – but Morata’s finish wasn’t in the game. point He had chances, putting two of his three shots on target, but couldn’t find the back of the net And based on the chances he had, something tells me that the version of Morata we saw earlier in the season would have completed at least one of these

Look, Morata has always been a regular player and at his age he’s not going to suddenly change that scoring record now He’s in the middle of a really good season when you look at the numbers, but the fact remains that ‘he’s not scoring as much as he did in the first half of the 2020-21 campaign

But if Juventus are to have any sort of a chance to finish in the top four, they’ll need more than two guys to be consistent scorers over the next six or seven weeks Having Cristiano Ronaldo to accompany a fit Chiesa is good, but having a third game goal threat like Morata constantly helps make this team much more dangerous.

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