In the opening fixture for the 2019/20 Serie A season, Parma hosted Serie A champions Juventus at the Stadio Ennio Tardini. Juventus had received bad news beforehand, as newly appointed manager Maurizio Sarri would be absent from the sidelines due to health reasons.

In this tactical analysis, I’ll provide an analysis of the tactics Juventus used to defeat Parma in the opening Serie A match.


Serie A 2019/20: Parma vs Juventus - tactical analysis tacticsParma lined up in a 4-3-3 formation. Luigi Sepe started in goal. The Napoli loanee was protected by a back four consisting of center-back pairing Simone Iacoponi and veteran Bruno Alves. Full backs Vincent Laurini and Riccardo Gagliolo flanked them. Ahead of the backline was a midfield trio of new signing Hernani, Gastón Brugman, and Antonino Barillà. Wingers Dejan Kulusevski and Gervinho played either side of the main striker Roberto Inglese.

Juventus also lined up in a 4-3-3, giving no player their full debut. Wojciech Szczęsny started in goal. The Polish stopper played behind a back four of Mattia De Sciglio, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, and Alex Sandro. Miralem Pjanić played alongside Sami Khedira and Blaise Matuidi. Douglas Costa and Cristiano Ronaldo flanked Gonzalo Higuaín up top.

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