Before the international fixtures, Juventus played against Milan at home. No more team had beaten the Serie A champion more than Milan. In this match, both teams tried hard to win, they showed their well-prepared tactics to hit the weaknesses of opponents.
In this tactical analysis, we will show you the tactical battle between Maurizio Sarri’s team and Stefano Pioli’s team.
Compared to the team played Moscow, there were some changes in the Juventus lineup. Daniele Rugani replaced by Matthijs de Ligt. Juan Cuadrado once again played as a right-back, Danilo was on the bench. Miralem Pjanić’s midfield partners were Blaise Matuidi and Rodrigo Bentancur. Aaron Ramsey took a rest, and Federico Bernardeschi played as an attacking midfielder. It was a 4-3-1-2 formation.
Milan also played a team without wide players, in a 4-3-2-1 formation. Davide Calabria was left on the bench, Andrea Conti took his position. Suso returned to the squad, and Samu Castillejo was injured. The Spaniard formed the front three with Krzysztof Piątek and Hakan Çalhanoğlu.
Juventus struggled in their own half
In the first half, Juventus wished to play out from the back as usual. However, they encountered some difficulties since Milan’s pressing. The problem was twofold. First, we explain the defensive setups of the away team.
Milan tried to press Juventus in a 4-3-3 shape. They know the importance of the sole pivot under ‘Sarri-ball’, and their press targeted Pjanić. Suso and Piątek provided pressure around the ball, and Çalhanoğlu was usually the man to mark the Bosnian. Meanwhile, Milan midfielders also followed up to lock the midfield area. They wanted to eliminate options of Juventus players to break the press.
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