AC Milan – Juventus: The Game Of Momentums (4-2)
When momentum kicks in, little is there to do to prevent it from trashing even the most solid assembles. Consequently, even the well-oiled Juventus could not escape the inevitable and were victimized; Milan just needed six hectic minutes and one goal to ignite a stunning comeback from a double deficit. As a result, Juventus’ defense and momentum were left dismantled.
Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.
Since Serie A’s restart, Milan have won four games and drawn one. The wins, besides their latest against Juventus, included ones over Lazio and AS Roma; it means that Milan have now established themselves as the most in-form team in the league.
Juve also appeared to be in form, winning all of their post-pandemic games. That is until they encountered Milan at the San Siro. The defeat encapsulated the impact momentum can have in football, as Juve slowly crumbled following Milan’s goals, losing its pieces along the road as the clock ticked forward. Suddenly, what had been working so well met a dead-end for Juve, and everything Milan touched turned into goals.
Stefano Pioli had chosen to make a few changes to the winning eleven against Lazio, benching Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Giacomo Bonaventura for Ante Rebić and Lucas Paquetá.
Sarri made a few changes from his derby win as well, although, on his part, he was forced to replace Matthijs de Ligt and Paulo Dybala due to suspensions, starting Daniele Rugani and Gonzalo Higuaín instead. Wojciech Szczęsny also returned to the starting eleven.
Execution is key
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