Youth League, Italy half smiles: only Juve are doing well, Inter are wasting. The Milan and Atalanta disappointments make you think | Youth tournaments

Youth League, Italy half smiles: only Juve are doing well, Inter are wasting. The Milan and Atalanta disappointments make you think | Youth tournaments
Youth League, Italy half smiles: only Juve are doing well, Inter are wasting. The Milan and Atalanta disappointments make you think | Youth tournaments

The group stage of the Youth League, the Champions League for under 19 teams in which, as for the big cup, they took part this season Inter, Juventus, Milan and Atalanta with Empoli which has completed on the sidelines the “path of the champions” reserved for those clubs that have won the national championships, but which do not have the first team in the top tournament. A path in which Serie A clubs and their youth sectors half smile because the final verdicts effectively reward only 1 club: Juventus.

JUVE DOMINANT – The Juventus by Andrea Bonatti in fact, he literally dominated group H, putting the strongest teams on paper like Chelsea and Zenit behind him. 5 wins and 1 draw (on the debut at Malmoe) and an almost clear path that rewards a growth path that is also being seen in the league. A positive message, in a negative historical moment for the club, and a signal of how Juventus, after years of darkness, has started to focus on the very young and Miretti, Turco, Soulé and Turicchia, there is still room to work.

INTER AND EMPOLI – Per Inter so many ups and downs and lots of waste have arrived once again, here too, as in the whole season so far disputed by the boys of Christian Chivu a point in the match in Madrid with Real would have been enough to go to the round of 16, and instead came a defeat that will force the Nerazzurri to the playoffs. Playoff in which Empoli will also take part who, instead, smiles because he couldn’t do better than that. Baldanzi, Asslani and teammates risked at the beginning, but they are growing and are laying the foundations to see also the debut in Serie A due to the motions of Antonio’s boys I searched.

AC MILAN WITHOUT INVESTMENTS – The positive news, international experience acquired by the boys aside, ends here. Because Milan and Atalanta had abandoned their qualifying chances for some time and in two groups where, unlike the first teams, there was room to do better. As we have said several times this season, Federico Giunti’s Rossoneri have never had an equipped squad for the two competitions and to be honest even to reach the top of the national championship effortlessly. The only 3 goals to his credit testify to all the European difficulties and a project that is far from being considered important for society.

ATALANTA, WHAT HAPPENS? – Atalanta which has dominated far and wide in our championships has instead jammed in the generational change that is holding it back also in the Spring. Brambilla is struggling to find the square with the new 2004, but what is missing is the dominance in the game and the ideas that made the 3-5-2 from Bergamo as dominant as Gasperini’s. Something at the managerial level for the young players has changed in Atalanta, and that something still needs to be fixed is more evident today.

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