TURIN, Feb. 4, 2012 – He does not look at anyone when he has to choose the best formation, but Antonio Conte is obliged to make an exception. Because when Mirko Vucinic is well and can play, Juve change the module for him and from the most exploited 3-5-2 passes to with ease a 4-3-3 of haute couture. Not because of who knows what benefits by ‘top player’ or tactical whims of the coach, but much more conveniently between the Bianconeri there is a Vucinic factor that affects the results and hierarchies of the team.
The Montenegrin striker is unique for movements, position and class, but above all is the only piece that can change the rest because it has no stand-ins to his value in this Juve. “Changing the module when Vucinic is not – Juventus coach had admitted before the match against Udinese – because except him, there in front I have players that are not wingers. Mirko fits well in that role, as we have more difficulty in putting the others on the left or right.” So the return of former Roma player from infirmary after the injury to his left knee, shuffle the Juventus cards used in the last three games (including postponed with Parma) and allows to launch a more offensive attitude. The goal is to beat Siena at the Juventus Stadium tomorrow afternoon and give consistency to the scudetto-escape.
Mission of the reach for Conte’s men, although just before a home audience came the more stuttering performances against ‘small’ (see ties with Bologna and Cagliari, the most suffered victories with Fiorentina and Cesena). For this Vucinic becomes the weapon in more, considering also his talisman effect . Deployed in the field with him came 10 wins and 5 draws for the Bianconeri: a high average , of 2.33 points per game, which curiously is lowered when Vucinic is out considering the remaining 2 wins and 3 draws gainedby Juventus (1 ,8 of average). This also helps explain why when he is available, Conte has always made him play that precisely the Montenegrin a round ago, in Siena, played his first game as a starter. That Juve was even changing skin (took the field with a 4-4-2 with Matri at his side) before arriving at Consolidated 4-3-3 that brought Juve to the top of Serie A.
Now, however, opens the “month of fire” (copyright to Chiellini) with the double challenge to AC Milan from Italy Cup and League: a good opportunity to take off and Vucinic wants to leave his mark. Not only in delivering high performance and brilliant assists to teammates, but also with heavy goals. So far he has scored 3 goals, however, all in the first half hour of play, opening games with Bologna, M***A and Cagliari. A lean balance sheet, whereas from the 2007-2008 season has always gone in double figures with Roma, but Vucinic has paid the injuries suffered to date. “Now is fine – says Alessandro Lucci, player’s agent -. HE only hopes to have continuity to prove hisworth. “ Found the balance and status, now Vucinic may be the secret weapon for Juve who will only change because of him.
source: La Stampa by: Gianluca Oddenino
adapted by: Mike Prise