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Sport Juve’s Allegri: Weston McKennie ‘should have scored at least four goals’

05:25  23 september  2021
05:25  23 september  2021 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Weston James Earl McKennie (born August 28, 1998) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Juventus and the United States national team.

Juve surprised many back in the summer of 2020 when they made the move for McKennie , a regular for Bundesliga side Schalke, who had just finished the 2019-20 season in 12th place in the table. An established international with the USMNT, the Bianconeri paid a loan fee of € 4 .5m for the midfielder, with the option to sign him permanently. In all, McKennie has made 14 starts, plus seven substitute appearances, in Serie A, scoring four goals and claiming two assists. He has also made six appearances in the Champions League, scoring one goal - a stunning scissor-kick volley in a 3-0 win

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Juventus coach Max Allegri simultaneously praised and demanded more from American midfielder Weston McKennie after The Old Lady won its first Serie A match of the 2021-22 season on Wednesday.

McKennie went 90 minutes in Juve’s 3-2 comeback win over Spezia, taking three shots and offering one key pass while completing 5-of-5 long balls.

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But, according to Allegri we could be talking about a historic performance, not simply a good one.

“There are players who have important qualities and who need to improve,” Allegri said. “[Weston] McKennie for example, should have scored at least four goals and those chances make the difference.”

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Weston Mckennie in action for Juventus against Sampdoria last weekend. (Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images). Gregg Berhalter wasn’t suggesting that Weston McKennie is better than Cristiano Ronaldo. But the United States men’ s national team coach came away from McKennie ’ s hugely impressive first match with Italian titan Juventus last weekend Asked by co-host (and former USMNT teammate) Tony Meola about Reyna, the son of U. S . great Claudio Reyna and women’ s national teamer Danielle Egan who scored his first Bundesliga goal last weekend, Berhalter compared his quick rise to Pulisic’ s .

Weston McKennie has revealed his goal celebration in Juventus’ win over Bologna was inspired by his love for Harry Potter. The United States international has increased his standing in the game since joining Juventus on loan from Schalke at the start of the season. While Juventus are not hitting the heights of previous seasons and face a battle to win the Serie A title for the 10th campaign in a row, McKennie has impressed in Turin. The win revives Juve ’ s title hopes, and saw them make ground on AC Milan who were beaten by Atalanta on Saturday. They trail the leaders by seven points.

Allegri also said that regardless of fan expectations, he can’t be the coach who reads his players the riot act every game. Juve has to learn to produce more wins.

“I can’t beat them every day. Today we won an important match,” Allegri said. “We have to get out of the comfort zone, football is made up of suffering and fatigue. We don’t have to look at the table. We try to put our first win next to the first at home against Sampdoria.”

Juve is now 1-2-2, good for five points, and sits 13th with a minus-1 goal differential.

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