Fiorentina – Juventus: Juve’s fluid 3-5-2 formation exploits Fiorentina’s pressing (0-3)
League leaders Juventus had very few obstacles to hurdle in order to claim their joint-biggest Serie A win of the season. The fluidity of Juve’s possession shape often cracked open Fiorentina’s man-marking approach, whilst their diamond defensive setup also stifled their opponents’ build-up.
Tactical analysis by Peter M.
Despite drawing their previous five matches, Stefano Pioli - Fiorentina’s manager - would surely would have taken another draw as a result from this encounter. Juventus have hit ruthlessly strong levels of form this season, dropping only two points so far in Serie A. Pioli made one change from the side that drew 0-0 against Bologna last weekend; swapping out Federico Ceccherini for Germán Pezzella in defense.
Allegri’s side featured two changes from the one that won 2-0 against Valencia in midweek; Miralem Pjanić and Alex Sandro dropped to the bench as Mattia de Sciglio and Juan Cuadrado entered the starting eleven. It should be said, however, not in the positions of the players they came into the side for. Cuadrado played a hybrid part wing-back, part central midfield role as Rodrigo Bentancur took up Pjanić’s position. And, in defense, João Cancelo was fielded at left back to accommodate De Sciglio’s inclusion as a right-back-cum-center-back.
Juve dominate against Fiorentina’s high press
Juve played a 3-5-2 formation in possession. Cuadrado and Cancelo were the wing-backs in this shape, Mattia de Sciglio dropped deep to become the right-sided center-back of a three, as Paulo Dybala acted as a third central midfielder on the same side. This left Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Mandžukić further . . .