‘Juventus are a group of individuals, not a team’

Vito Doria Date:8th January 2022 at 1:29pm
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Juventus and Italy legend Marco Tardelli was critical of his former club after they drew 1-1 on Thursday evening against Napoli, labelling them a group of individuals while praising the Partenopei for their teamwork.

The second half of the 2021/22 Serie A season commenced on Thursday albeit with some matches postponed due to COVID-19 outbreaks, but the Neapolitans, despite several absentees of their own, were able to hold La Vecchia Signora to a draw in Turin.

“Napoli remained the usual Napoli, a collective that looks to play and put the opposition under pressure,” Tardelli said on RAI program ‘La Domenica Sportiva’.

“Juventus still relies on individuals instead and they do not succeed in expressing themselves as a collective.”

Juventus are fifth in Serie A with 35 points after 20 matches whereas Napoli are third and have five more points than the Bianconeri.

Tardelli played for La Vecchia Signora from 1975 to 1985, winning multiple domestic and international honours, but he is probably best known for his iconic goal celebration when Italy defeated West Germany 3-1 in the 1982 World Cup Final.