Most supporters, even the neutral critics, believed that this was Juventus' year to lift the Champions League trophy. The management made every decision right to improve the team. Core players like Leonardo Bonucci, Sami Khedira and Mario Mandzukic looked to be playing their best football. Veterans like Gigi Buffon and Dani Alves were still playing … Continue reading Juventus needs to face a new reality
Real Madrid is excellent offensively. They have scored 32 goals and average 2.67 goals per game in the Champions League this season. But these figures do not reflect how efficient Real Madrid's offense is. The aim of the offensive phase of a team is to generate shots so that they can score goals, and Real … Continue reading Juventus vs. Real Madrid tactical preview: Can Real’s powerful offense break down Juve’s rock-solid defense?
Monaco started last Wednesday night’s first leg of the Champions League semifinals with two changes of their usual lineup, with Djibril Sidibé replacing Benjamin Mendy as the left back while Nabil Dirar, a right winger, played as the right back. Juventus manager Maximiliano Allegri fielded the usual 4-2-3-1, but with Andrea Barzagli slotted into the … Continue reading Allegri and Juventus got a lot of things right in Monaco
Monaco is everyone's favorite team this season. At eye level, they are very entertaining, scoring about 2.78 goals/game, just right behind Barcelona's 2.97 goals/game from the top five leagues (England, Germany, France, Italy and Spain) in Europe. On a tactical level, Monaco is unique, playing a brand of football that is very different from the … Continue reading What does Monaco bring to the table? Examining Juventus’ next European opponent
Having lost three goals in Turin a week ago, Barcelona looked to mount a comeback in Camp Nou. However, their all-star attack faltered against the Old Lady’s Italian defense. Juventus deservedly knocked out Barcelona in the pursuit of their first Champions League title in twenty-one years. To continue reading, please click here.
Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals last Tuesday night in Turin. With three goals in hand, how should Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri approach the return tie at Camp Nou? Martin Connolly has covered brilliantly in his review of the match. Here I will discuss Juventus defensive strategy … Continue reading How should Juventus approach Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night?
Here I review Juventus and Barcelona’s tactics, weaknesses and strengths for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday night in Turin. Barcelona's strength Since their first-leg 4-0 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain on Feb. 14, Barcelona has now used a 3-4-3 formation. The back three is formed by Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Pique … Continue reading Talkin’ Tactics: Identifying strengths and weaknesses of the Juventus-Barcelona matchup