Juventus needs to face a new reality

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

Juventus vs. Real Madrid tactical preview: Can Real’s powerful offense break down Juve’s rock-solid defense?

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?

Allegri and Juventus got a lot of things right in Monaco

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

Tactical Analysis: Barcelona 0-0 Juventus | Old Lady holds firm

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.

Gian Piero Ventura’s Italian Experiment

Gian Piero Ventura took over as the head coach of the Italy national team after Antonio Conte. While extremely well respected in Italian football circles, he has never coached any traditional big clubs, nor has he won any major club honors. Here we look at how the new Italy national team interprets his tactics and discuss some … Continue reading Gian Piero Ventura’s Italian Experiment

How should Juventus approach Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night?

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?

Talkin’ Tactics: Identifying strengths and weaknesses of the Juventus-Barcelona matchup

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

On Juventus’ 4-2-3-1 system and Max Allegri’s coaching philosophy

Massimiliano Allegri has recently implemented the 4-2-3-1 system at Juventus. Critics and media have praised Allegri for his tactical adjustment. Many fans are happy with the change while others criticize this change should be made earlier. Here I will analyze the features of this 4-2-3-1 formation and tactics. I will use Jose Mourinho's Treble-winning team … Continue reading On Juventus’ 4-2-3-1 system and Max Allegri’s coaching philosophy

Tactical Analysis: Roma @ Juventus 0-1 Serie A 12/17/2016 Roma did not show the credential of a champion

First-place Juventus hosted second-placed Roma in Juventus Stadium. Juventus played a 4-3-1-2 formation during the offensive phase, with Pjanic playing the role of the trequartista. In the defensive phase, they transitioned into a flat 4-4-2. Roma fielded a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Daniele De Rossi and Kevin Strootman playing the double pivot roles. To support Edin Dzeko, Radja Nainggolan has … Continue reading Tactical Analysis: Roma @ Juventus 0-1 Serie A 12/17/2016 Roma did not show the credential of a champion

Tactical Snapshot: Atalanta @ Juventus 1-3 Serie A 12/03/2016

Khedira stayed further back instead of surging forward compared to the previous games. Pjanic played as the trequartista that covered large area outside of the box. Higuain also dropped between lines to facilitate ball progression. Kessie could not penetrate deep enough to support the attacks. Atalanta did not have any targets in the penalty box.