Atalanta Bergamo – Juventus: Atalanta Leapfrog Inconsistent Juventus In Top Four Race (1-0)
Despite the single goal and few scoring chances, this battle between top four chasing sides offered ample entertainment. In a game with plenty of space being offered by both teams defensively, it took a late, and somewhat fortuitous, goal to see Atalanta walk away victorious.
Tactical analysis and match report by Julian Chingoma.
Juventus find themselves in unfamiliar territory compared to were they were in April in recent years. The Scudetto seems out of their hands and instead, they are firmly embroiled in a race for Champions League qualification. Their main rivals consisting of AC Milan, Napoli and the side they played in this contest: Atalanta. This would be a pivotal clash as the home side were looking to continue a recent run of good form and stake a strong claim for the premier European football competition.
Gian Piero Gasperini had his side lined up in a 3-4-1-2 shape with Pierluigi Gollini in goal. The back three was Berat Djimsiti, José Palomino and Rafael Tolói. The wing-backs were Joakim Mæhle and Robin Gosens. Remo Freuler and Marten de Roon continued in midfield. Matteo Pessina was behind Luis Muriel and Duván Zapata.
Juventus were in a 4-4-2 formation set up by manager Andrea Pirlo. Wojciech Szczęsny was the goalkeeper behind Juan Cuadrado, Matthijs de Ligt, Giorgio Chiellini and Alex Sandro. Federico Chiesa, Rodrigo Bentancur, Adrien Rabiot and Weston McKennie formed the midfield four while Álvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala were in attack.
Some positive play from Juventus on the ball
Juventus built up with the three at the back of De Ligt, Chiellini and Sandro as Cuadrado advanced. McKennie tucked in more centrally. From . . .