Juventus 1-2 Ajax: 3 reasons why Juventus were knocked out | UEFA Champions League 2018-19
#2 Poor individual performances and chance creation
Is there anything called a midfield in the Juve team? We didn't see it. The midfield is supposed to bridge the gap between the defence and the attack and create chances. Even though a gameplan is not there, the rules of the game are plain. Get the ball into the back of the net. Against Atleti, Juve were at least trying to get the ball to Ronaldo. Did they try it last night? No, not enough. There is no excuse for this team. They were rested and fully fit, they were facing a team without experience, they had a prolific scorer in their team.
Let us look at Bernardeschi and Matuidi. They had a combined number of 32 passes. THIRTY-TWO! Even if you add Emre Can's 35 passes to it, you get a total of 67 passes. This is the midfield of the team. Ajax's central defenders had a combined number of 53 passes. And passing is not even the worst part from Juventus. The players were dispossessed on a total of 16 occasions. 7/16 were attackers and midfielders, in attacking areas.
Paulo Dybala was horrific in the forward areas. He was playing a bit out of position and that might be one excuse. He had to play in the #10 spot which was occupied by Can, but regardless, he was poor. It might not be his fault that he was poor, he needs to be passed the ball to do something. Ronaldo was poor too. Really sorry but we can't help it. Ronaldo is an off the ball player. He scored that header which put Juventus ahead and he deserves credit for that. Apart from that, what did he do? He had six shots on the night. He had two good close-range headers to score from. He took none of them. Out of four aerial battles, he won only one.
We don't even need to speak about the defence, which was completely out-of-shape without their key man in there. This is a self-review for Juventus, they have a lot to work on.