AC Milan – Juventus: Headless Higuaín personifies toothless Milan in routine Juventus victory (0-2)
AC Milan’s manager Gennaro Gattuso stated prior to the match, that "a draw against Juventus would probably do”, that Leonardo Bonucci would be “the one to close down” and that Gonzalo Higuaín would need to “stay calm, because he gets irritated easily”. It did not quite go Gattuso’s way, as his defensive approach backfired within the opening ten minutes, Bonucci did not start and Gonzalo Higuaín did indeed lose his head as Juventus left San Siro with an easy win.
Compared to the starting eleven that was fielded against Real Betis, Gattuso made adjustments to almost half his lineup. His reversion to a back-four saw returns to the side for Samu Castillejo, Gonzalo Higuaín, Alessio Romagnoli, Ignazio Abate and Gianluigi Donnarumma.
In response to the dramatic defeat to Manchester United in midweek, Max Allegri made four changes to his lineup – Mario Mandžukić was finally deemed fit enough to start whilst Medhi Benatia came in for the aforementioned Bonucci. João Cancelo returned to right-back as did Blaise Matuidi into his usual role as a central midfielder.
Juventus’s flexible 4-3-3 formation against Milan’s 4-4-2 setup.
Milan’s stubborn 4-4-2 formation still no match for Paulo Dybala
Accompanying Gattuso’s calls to be more cautious, Milan switched to a 4-4-2 formation as the mobile Castillejo played slightly off of Higuaín. The duo was playing side-by-side out of possession, trying to block off passes to Juventus’ midfield.
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