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 Napoli can come back and beat Real Madrid

Napoli are playing Real Madrid at home in the Stadio San Paolo in the second leg of the last 16 fixture trailing 3-1 on aggregate. That’s not a great position to find themselves in coming into this match, but it’s far from hopeless. Using the lessons we learned from the first leg, let’s look at … Continue reading How Napoli can come back and beat Real Madrid

Tactical Analysis: Napoli @ Juventus 1-2 Serie A 10/29/2016 Juventus drag Napoli into a mud fight

Serie A leaders Juventus hosted Napoli in this highly anticipated encounter.  It was the first time Gonzalo Higuain played against his former team since his controversial transfer to Turin this summer. He scored the winning goal, and Juventus beat Napoli 2-1. Massimiliano Allegri’s side fielded a 3-5-2 formation. Because a win in the UCL encounter … Continue reading Tactical Analysis: Napoli @ Juventus 1-2 Serie A 10/29/2016 Juventus drag Napoli into a mud fight

Tactical Analysis: Roma @ Napoli 3-1 Serie A 1o/15/2016 Spalletti “out-Sarri” Napoli

Roma visited Napoli on 10/15/2016 in this highly anticipated encounter. Napoli fielded its usual 4-3-3 formation. The only notable change was Nikola Maksimovic replaced injured Raul Albiol. Roma played seemingly a 4-2-3-1 formation. In the offensive phase of the game, they switched to a 3-4-1-2 formation, with Alessandro Florenzi taking the wing back position on the right-hand side. To … Continue reading Tactical Analysis: Roma @ Napoli 3-1 Serie A 1o/15/2016 Spalletti “out-Sarri” Napoli