Atlético Madrid – Juventus: Early clash between two Champions League contenders turns into quality rollercoaster ride (2-2)
Juventus and Atlético Madrid put up a show of organized defending for the entire first half, before all hell broke loose and both teams started taking shots in quick succession. Hector Herrera’s equalizer finally restored order in a game that got progressively open and ended up as a high quality entertaining show of football.
Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.
Juventus and Atlético share a lot of similarities in their starts to the season. Despite being just three and four games in respectively, the feelings around the teams' results show how impatient and inconsistent fans can be in their opinions.
Juve's draw at Fiorentina - during the course of which Sarri's men looked utterly powerless - painted a clear picture of a team still being built brick after brick. However, rather than standing out as an exception, the performance in Florence was part of a rapidly extending streak of underwhelming showings, something very far from the reality that Juve fans have been living in for many years.
By contrast, Atlético Madrid have been going through their usual seasonal transitional phase. This has been the case in the last few years, since Simeone has tried to transition to a style more adept to the peculiar profiles the club has brought in - in vain so far. This year things have looked different though. The signings of teenage talent João Félix and ball-playing fullbacks Renan Lodi and Kieran Trippier have added the personnel Simeone had been looking for to replace the declining duo Filipe Luís and Juanfran and Atlético's most important departure, Antoine Griezmann.
The standout feature of Atléti's . . .