In the next-to-last round of the Italian Serie A, Juventus welcomed Atalanta in the match after which they celebrated their championship title win. This game was of huge importance for the visitors because they needed a good result in this one so they could remain in the Champions League spot and keep the keys of the battle for those positions in their own hands before the last round of the competition.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s team deserved at least the point from this fixture if not more since they were an equal rival to their opponent and played in a direct way creating a lot of threats in front of the opposition’s goal.
This tactical analysis will show you how the away team kept their hopes for top-class European football next year alive and how the home team managed to get the draw, not succeeding to be as dangerous as they have been throughout the whole season.
Juventus started the game in the 4-4-2 formation but with a lot of transformations during the play. Their key attacking forces were Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala who played up top, having the support of Juan Cuadrado who mostly played as a third attacker. This was the last home game for Andrea Barzagli who held the defence together with Leonardo Bonucci controlling the game out from behind.
Gasperini set his team up in his usual 3-4-1-2 formation with their strongest side because of the importance this game had for them. Their attack relied on their deadly striking trio made of Papu Gómez, Josip Iličić and Duván Zapata while Marten de Roon and Remo Freuler were in charge of the situation in the midfield.
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