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

Tactical Analysis: Manchester City @ Monaco 1-3 UCL (2nd leg) 03/15/2017 An epic tactical battle between two opposite teams

This is an exciting game where two teams with opposite styles played against each other. Monaco and Manchester City dominated each half. However, Manchester City failed to convert many chances they created and crashed out of the competition. Manchester City (4-1-4-1): Caballero // Clichy-Kolarov-Stones-Sagna // Fernandinho // Sanes-David Silva-De Bruyne-Sterling // Aguero Monaco (4-4-2): Subasic … Continue reading Tactical Analysis: Manchester City @ Monaco 1-3 UCL (2nd leg) 03/15/2017 An epic tactical battle between two opposite teams

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

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: Milan @ Torino 2-2 Serie A 01/16/2017 Two 4-3-3 formations with different play styles

Both teams used 4-3-3 formations. The only notable point was that Mattia De Sciglio and Luca Antonelli were sidelined and Davide Calabria took the left-back position. 1. Torino's offensive strategy This season under Sinisa Mihajlovic, Torino employs several tactics during the offensive phase, and this game is no different. The two key strategies: 1, The occasional overloads of players … Continue reading Tactical Analysis: Milan @ Torino 2-2 Serie A 01/16/2017 Two 4-3-3 formations with different play styles

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.