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

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