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?

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 insights: Milan @ Genoa 0-3 Serie A 10/25/2016 Genoa’s impressive and disciplined defensive structure

Genoa has one of the best defenses in the league, conceding only seven goals in 10 games, the fewest in Serie A (alongside Juventus). Milan was unable to break down their highly disciplined defense in this match, allowing Genoa to capture all three points. Genoa's tactics in the defensive phase Genoa's defensive philosophy can be summarized in … Continue reading Tactical insights: Milan @ Genoa 0-3 Serie A 10/25/2016 Genoa’s impressive and disciplined defensive structure