The Juventus black hole has not only cost them their Champions League and Serie A title this season, but has also caused them to lose their Europa League spot and be forced to start from scratch for the World Cup qualifiers.
The Bianconeri are now in the Europa League group stage and are looking to extend their title-winning run with a win over the second-placed Manchester City at the Allianz Arena.
“It’s difficult to see how the game will be possible with the black hole in the middle of the pitch,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri told reporters on Tuesday.
They face either Real Madrid or Barcelona in the group stage, with both teams expected to have the best defensive line.
Juventus are unbeaten in the Champions League since the end of February, with the last time they were beaten by a side from outside the group stages was in November 2016.
On Sunday, Allegri said he had no choice but to give his team a rest ahead of the new campaign.
“We’re in a difficult situation.
We can’t win the league or anything else,” he said.
“We have to work hard for the next two weeks and then we will be back in the first phase of the competition.”
In the Champions league, the Biancones have just three wins in seven games.
With two games left, the side have just five points from their opening five league games.